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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Sens captain Erik Karlsson plays it coolOttawa Sun, November 22nd
Karlsson also stole the puck from a Blues forward behind his own net, rushed the length of the ice like Bobby Orr would, then blasted a shot that Brian Elliott turned away with a strong save. And in the third, he deked out a couple of Blues near their...Read more
PK Subban gets picture taken with Bobby Orr: 'He truly is the best defenseman ...WEEI.com (blog), November 22nd
No accomplishment, however, will ever make him too cool to ask Bobby Orr for a picture when he gets the chance. With the Bruins great in the building Saturday morning to take in Montreal'€™s morning skate, Subban crossed paths with the Hall of Famer, ...Read more
PK Subban Celebrates Return To TD Garden By Hanging With Bobby Orr (Photo)NESN.com, November 22nd
P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens return to TD Garden on Saturday for the first time since eliminating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. The last time Subban and the Habs were on Garden ice, they were shaking hands with...Read more
Bruins Rookie Seth Griffith Mimicked the 'Mighty Ducks' & Scored a Goal of the ...BostInno, November 11th
Seth Griffith, a 21-year-old Bruins rookie, has been all about scoring not merely superb goals, but goals that seem to pay homage to past greats. A few weeks ago, he scored a goal that mimicked Bobby Orr's historic "leap" to win the Stanley Cup. And on ...Read more
Seth Griffith goal evokes memories of Bobby OrrBoston Globe, October 29th
If Bill Parcells was coaching the Bruins, he might say “well let's not give him a statue just yet, boys,” of rookie Seth Griffith's goal Tuesday vs. the Wild. But Griffith's goal in the second period certainly evoked memories of Bruins legend Bobby Orr...Read more
Brokerlink atom reps win Bobby Orr ClassicIngersoll Times, October 27th
The Brokerlink atom rep team won the Bobby Orr Classic hockey tournament in Parry Sound over the Oct. 17 weekend. The team scored 52 times in the tournament for five straight wins and only let in three goals...Read more
50 Years Ago in Hockey - Hockey's Next Superstar?The Hockey Writers, October 27th
Bobby Orr is a quiet, unassuming young man, whose personality belies the immense talent and physical ability that he possesses. At sixteen years old and with four years of junior hockey eligibility remaining, he is already considered one of, if not the...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