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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Fan report: Lots of Flutie, hockey bus, the jersey report and a Zubaz dressBills Blitz - The Buffalo News, September 21st
Hello from the 'O': Team buses for the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs and Oshawa Generals were in the bus tailgate lot Sunday. Bonus points to the Generals for including a young Bobby Orr on their bus. She Doesn't Even Go Here: Jerseys worn ...Read more
New England Patriots: Game #3 vs Oakland Inactive ListCLNS Radio (blog), September 21st
Two highlights: 1999 All-Star game with the memorable Ted Williams tribute; 2003 ALCS and being behind the Red Sox dougout when Don Zimmer lost his head and rushed Pedro Martinez. Grew up watching Bobby Orr revolutionize the game of hockey...and ...Read more
The Mailbox: Tossing rocks at little girl? Nice, Browns fansColumbus Dispatch, September 21st
There's a process in place for paying players what they're worth, and this is not that time unless his impact has conjured memories of Bobby Orr, which it has not. That doesn't mean Johansen should settle for $3 million per, but $6.5 million is over...Read more
Boston Bruins preseason is here!Boston Globe, September 20th
Caption: FILE -- Boston Bruins' Bobby Orr is airborne after scoring the goal. AP. Bobby Orr is airborne after scoring the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins in 1970. As the Bruins preseason is about to kick off, we look at the team...Read more
Alec Martinez's journey with Los Angeles Kings becomes legendaryLA Daily News, September 20th
He joined such famous overtime saviors as Bobby Orr, Brett Hull, Henri Richard, Elmer Lach and Patrick Kane. He also joined such obscure heroes as Bill Barilko and Pete Babando. But only Orr, Barilko, Uwe Krupp and Martinez won a Stanley Cup final in ...Read more
On Camp, Sekac's cardio and the Minimum Effective DoseHabs Eyes on the Prize (blog), September 18th
Sometime in the mid-70s, Bobby Orr wrote an instructional hockey book (long out of print now, I'd assume) detailing his approach to both on and off-ice training. Orr mentioned that most NHLers, himself included, did relatively little off-season...Read more
Fanspeak: Bobby Orr named best Bruin in franchise historyNBCSports.com, August 29th
This summer, NBC Sports' social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise's history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with ...Read more
Annual Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlonparrysound.com, August 27th
Warm weather and calm water hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit made for a perfect day of triathlon-based events at the 6th annual Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon at the Waubuno Beach on Sunday, said organizers. Fitness enthusiasts from all over ...Read more