Though claimed by Boston, Bobby Orr was a Canadian through and through. Born in Parry Sound, Ontario, the defenseman began his career in 1962, when he played four seasons for the Oshawa Generals in Ontario.
Even as a star player with the Bruins, Orr carved out time to participate in the 1972 Summit Series, which pitted Canada’s best against the Soviet Union’s (a knee injury sidelined him, but he practiced with his teammates and reveled in their narrow, come-from-behind series victory). Orr made an even greater contribution when he played for Team Canada in 1976 Canada Cup—he was named the MVP of that contest.
In his 10 seasons with the Bruins, Orr led his team to victory in two Stanley Cups, won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1970 and 1972, and was the first player to be named MVP of a Stanley Cup twice. In particular, his 1970-1971 season was outstanding, when Orr racked up the most points, as well as assists, by a defenseman, a record that still stands.
At the end of the 1976 season, Orr left the Bruins for a reportedly better deal with the Chicago Black Hawks (Orr’s agent was eventually sent to prison for misleading clients and stealing), but injuries keep him off the ice for all but 26 games over the course of three seasons. Orr retired in 1979 and that year, at the age of 31, became the youngest player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
When it comes to Bobby Orr hockey memorabilia, naturally his 1966 Topps rookie card is the prize. Orr hockey cards from 1967 are also highly collectible, especially his player card from that year (the 1967 Topps All-Star and Calder Memorial Trophy cards are less sought-after). Another catch is his James Norris Trophy card from 1970.
Unique to Orr collectibles is a vinyl LP titled “The Two Sides of Bobby Orr,” which features interviews with Orr by Bruins TV announcer Don Earle. Another collectible particular to Orr is a signed photo of “The Goal,” as it’s known. Taken by Boston Record-American photographer Ray Lussier, the photo shows Orr flying over the ice after scoring the winning goal, and then being tripped, to win the 1970 Stanley Cup in overtime.
Orr’s game-worn Bruins jerseys are far more desirable than jerseys from his ill-fated seasons with the Black Hawks, although diehard fans may want one of each. These days, Orr’s website even sells limited edition, signed replica jerseys from his days as a member of the Oshawa Generals, as well as jerseys bearing the colors of his hometown Parry Sound Shamrocks.
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Boston loses Bruins film to CanadaBoston Herald, March 6th
It follows Turk's tale from age 11, growing up in Ontario, to his Stanley Cup-winning days, his fall into poverty and addiction and his rescue by pal Bobby Orr. “Boston was too expensive for this independent production,” said film rep Casey Sherman...Read more
Lightning lose as Stamkos returns, Callahan debutsThe Journal News / Lohud.com, March 6th
He won seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman and trailed only Bobby Orr's record total of eight. Devils: The NHL reduced its penalty against the New Jersey Devils for signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. The Devils will keep the first-round...Read more
Avalanche's Tyson Barrie Channels Bobby Orr After Impressive Goal (Video)NESN.com, March 3rd
Barrie drew comparisons to the great Bobby Orr on Sunday when he beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop with a nifty backhander before going airborne thanks to a nice shove from Lightning center Tom Pyatt. Barrie's goal tied the game at 1-1 late in ...Read more
In The Presence Of Greatness – Bobby OrrFlame for Thought, February 11th
I understand the sacrifice and contribution that others have made in order to help the game progress into what it is today. One such player – my favorite hockey player of all time – is Bobby Orr. Some of us weren't lucky enough to watch the hockey...Read more
Orr wants young stars to block out distractionsStarPhoenix, February 8th
Hockey legends Dennis Hull and Bobby Orr and Saskatchewan Roughriders standout John Chick took questions at the 2014 Kinsmen Celebrity Sports Dinner. Defenceman-turned-agent Bobby Orr has simple advice for standout junior players like Aaron ...Read more
Orr, Hull, Chick support Saskatoon KinsmenNews Talk 650 CKOM, February 7th
A trio of sports all-stars is in Saskatoon tonight for the Kinsmen Celebrity Sports Dinner, and they all brought their stories from their time in professional sports. Bobby Orr, Dennis Hull and John Chick were candid in front of TV cameras and...Read more
Hall of fame receives life-sized sculpture of Bobby OrrMississauga, February 7th
PARRY SOUND – A life-size bronze sculpture of Bobby Orr has found a home in Parry Sound. The 900-pound statue stands surrounded by Orr's trophies and natural sunlight at the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. It was donated to the Hall at Orr's request...Read more
Hockey great Bobby Orr presents his new book in Vero BeachTCPalm, February 5th
But former Boston Bruins phenomenon on ice Bobby Orr is such a man. Though he played his last National Hockey League game in 1978, his record-setting accomplishments and his engaging persona make him as viable a sports celebrity today as when he ...Read more