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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Bobby Orr children's book penned by Windsor's Kara KootstraCBC.ca, October 15th
A Windsor woman has authored a new children's book starring Bobby Orr. The Hockey Hall of Famer is the central character in Kara Kootstra's book, The Boy in Number Four. The story, told in rhymes, is about a little boy who wants to be a hockey player...Read more
Even for Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe is always Mr. HockeyThe Globe and Mail, October 10th
Bobby Orr has fond memories of the first time he ever met Gordie Howe. The Red Wings star was in Parry Sound, Ont., for an appearance and the young Orr was one of the many excited young fans who waited in line for the chance to meet Mr. Hockey...Read more
My turn? I'll take Bobby Orr!Winnipeg Free Press, October 8th
I am feeling pretty gosh darn Canadian this morning. (Editor's Note: Doug is telling the truth. You have to be Canadian to use a lame phrase such as "gosh darn.") I am feeling this way because last night I picked up my buddy Bob, who is also my boss...Read more
Would These Bruins Ever Earn Bobby Orr's Stamp of Approval?Boston.com (blog), October 7th
Bobby Orr has been honored by the Canadian Post with a stamp that bears his No. 4 and the eternally youthful image of Orr in his Boston Bruins uniform. Orr. You want one, don't you. "I never expected anything like this," Orr told the Toronto Star when...Read more
New stamps feature Hall of Fame defensemenNHL.com, October 2nd
Kelly, along with fellow Hall of Fame members Pierre Pilote, Harry Howell, Doug Harvey and the king of NHL defensemen, Bobby Orr, have been immortalized on stamps that celebrate the NHL's Original Six. It is part of the lead up to the 100th anniversary...Read more
Cherry, Orr behind bench at Top Prospects GameWinnipeg Sun, October 1st
"When this event began in 1996 it was the support of Don Cherry and Bobby Orr that helped build this showcase of top draft eligible CHL players into a prestigious annual event," Canadian Hockey League President David Branch said in a news release...Read more
Bobby Orr and Carl Yastrzemski join in farewell ceremony as Red Sox say ...New York Daily News, September 28th
BOSTON — The Red Sox and Boston brought out their best to send Derek Jeter into retirement. In a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park that lasted close to 30 minutes, Jeter found himself surrounded by Red Sox greats Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, ...Read more
Boston Bruins hockey legend Bobby Orr visiting WellesleyThe Swellesley Report, September 23rd
Orr: My Story Bobby Orr, the greatest Boston Bruins hockey player of all, will take a shot at selling a bunch of books next month in Wellesley. The Hall of Fame defenseman is promoting “Orr: My Story,” (roughly $28) at 7pm on Oct. 9 at Wellesley Books...Read more