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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Seth Griffith goal evokes memories of Bobby Orr
Boston 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 Classic
Ingersoll Times, October 27th

Fresh off an 8-0 victory over St. George Oct. 14, the Brokerlink atom rep team travelled to Parry Sound for the Bobby Orr Classic hockey tournament. The team overwhelmed the competition the entire tournament for the right to be named champs. Ingersoll...Read more

Saint Bobby Orr, pray for us
Stanley Cup of Chowder, October 27th

AMEN! This beautiful stained glass window depicting the greatest hockey player ever is from John Harvard's Brew House in Harvard Square. It was looking down with favor on your faithful Chowder correspondent on Saturday night. GOALS FOR EVERYONE!...Read more

Bobby Orr children's book penned by Windsor's Kara Kootstra, 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. Hockey
The 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

Would These Bruins Ever Earn Bobby Orr's Stamp of Approval? (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 defensemen, 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 Game
Winnipeg 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