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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Little League Coach Teaches Us All A LessonAM900 CHML, August 21st
The great Bobby Orr told me that if he'd been exposed to one of those out of control coaches when he was a kid, he probably would have quit , like so many other kids do. Instead, Orr's coach told his kids to play hard but also to have fun , the...Read more
A child's Lonely End of the RinkPique Newsmagazine, August 21st
You would think that a Canadian boy, raised by avid hockey fans and who spent a plane ride being bounced on Bobby Orr's lap, would love the sport. Not the case for Grant Lawrence in his book The Lonely End of the Rink. In this part memoir, part hockey ...Read more
Fanspeak: Clarke voted greatest Flyer in franchise historyNBCSports.com, August 20th
Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux? There's one player in my mind and that's Bob Clarke. To me, Bob Clarke was the ultimate warrior. When he played, there was only one way to play and that was to win … take no prisoners. “A lot of guys today go ...Read more
A Visit to the 2014 National Sports Collectors ConventionGrantland, August 20th
BS: Bear Bryant's game-worn plaid jacket. (Rem — he's the guy who coached Forrest Gump.) RB: Duh, Bill. Because of Bear, Forrest got to meet JFK and then drink 15 free Dr Peppers and then tell JFK he had to pee. LIKE I DON'T KNOW WHO THE REAL ...Read more
139th Rosseau Fall Fair Saturday, Aug. 23parrysound.com, August 20th
This Saturday, Aug. 23, the Parry Sound Anglers and Hunters will hold their second annual gun show, sale and trade event at the Bobby Orr Community Centre in Parry Sound. The show starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. There will be 100 vendors who...Read more
Former Hab Daniel Brière takes his 'unique' hockey stick to ColoradoMontreal Gazette (blog), August 6th
I remember being fascinated by the type of sticks my hockey heroes used when I was a kid and even liked to put only one strand of tape on my sticks because that's what Bobby Orr did. In his book, Orr: My Story, the greatest hockey player who ever lived...Read more
Home Sports New ice resurfacer ordered for Bobby Orr Community...parrysound.com, August 6th
PARRY SOUND – Although there's a lot of summer left to enjoy, the town is already thinking of winter and ice. Last month town council approved the purchase of a new ice resurfacer to replace the aging one at the Bobby Orr Community Centre. The current ...Read more
Reminder, bridge is now played at the Bobby Orr Community Centreparrysound.com, July 25th
Duplicate Bridge players are still wandering in to the Seniors Centre looking for The Parry Sound Bridge Club. Many years at one location developed old habits that are hard to break. We hate to inconvenience anyone, but it seems hard to get the message...Read more