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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Thanks for Special Olympics support
Brantford Expositor, July 3rd

Perhaps Bobby Orr would equal his skill but no one else could. His death recently brought back the memory of the last game played at Maple Leaf Gardens on Feb. 13, 1999. I was there. Wally was not. Why? Apparently he could not afford to bring his...Read more

Inside Elderly Couple's Home Struck by Lightning
NECN, July 1st

One special item did make it out - an autographed Bobby Orr photograph. The elderly couple says it will be months before they can get back into their house. Published at 12:52 PM EDT on Jul 1, 2015. For up-to-the-minute news and weather, be sure to...Read more

Conroy: Where do deconstructed Bruins go from here?
Boston Herald, June 28th

The Bruins' devastating weekend is over. So is the era in which the B's pounded their way toward two Finals appearances in three years, during which they fell just two wins shy of matching Bobby Orr's teams' output of two Stanley Cups. No, Dougie...Read more

SI Vault: Boston's savior Bobby Orr commands respect, high price at 18, June 25th

As the 2015 NHL Draft and the arrival of two potentially generational players, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, loom, looks back at other notable teen phenoms with a series of features from the SI Vault. The sixth installment is this story, which ...Read more

Norris Trophy Winners
SFGate, June 24th

1974 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1973 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1972 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1971 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1970 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1969 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1968 — Bobby Orr, Boston. 1967 — Harry Howell, N.Y. Rangers. 1966 — Jacques ...Read more

Hockey players who defined on-ice perfection for their generation
Edmonton Journal, June 21st

Bobby Orr, defence (Boston Bruins). The Bruins signed Orr when he was 14 years old to what was then a “C form,” which made him eligible to play for Boston at age 18. There was no NHL draft in those days. He started playing organized hockey at age five, ...Read more

Hockey Legend Bobby Orr to Attend Major MSPCA Fundraiser on Cape Cod News, June 18th

Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr and “Finest Hours” author Casey Sherman will join with former WCVB-TV news anchor Susan Wornick at the event that includes a silent and live auction. “We're big animal lovers, always had dogs. My son is in the dog ...Read more

45 years later, Bobby Orr goal stands test of time
Boston Globe (subscription), May 8th

For me, the moment came 45 years ago Sunday, Mother's Day 1970, when Bobby Orr mashed home Derek Sanderson's return feed (Fred Cusick: “Orr . . . to Sanderson . . . back in front to Orr . . . shot, SCORES!'') to clinch the Stanley Cup and then took...Read more