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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Beehive Hockey Photo Museum

Beehive Hockey Photo Museum

This easy-to-navigate site contains a complete inventory of the 1,026 Bee Hive Hockey Photos (organized by team and… [read review or visit site]

Scott Petterson’s personal collection of vintage ice hockey memorabilia focuses on the history of the Portland Bu… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

1968-69 O-pee-chee Opc Puck Sticker #4 Bobby Orr Psa 8 Nm/mt1967-68 Topps- Bobby Orr # 92-graded Ksa-nm-7 Hockey Card1966 Topps Hockey #35 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins Rc Rookie Hof Psa 2.5 Good + Boston Bruins Bobby Orr Nhl Ccm Vintage Size 52 Jersey + 1973-74 Yearbook!!Bobby Orr/rajon Rondo/tedy Bruschi Ud 25th Anniversary 2014 Triple Auto /571-72 Opeechee O-pee-chee Opc Bobby Orr #100 Hof1968 O-pee-chee #2 Bobby Orr, Bruins. Psa 5.1968-69 O-pee-chee Opc Puck Sticker #4 Bobby Orr Psa 6 Ex/mt1968-69 O-pee-chee Opc #200 Bobby Orr Psa 7 Nm1968-69 Topps Nhl Hockey: #2 Bobby Orr, Boston BruinsBobby Orr 2012 Upper Deck Book Booklet Patch 15/35 Hard Signed Auto Autograph1971-72 O-pee-chee #251 Bobby Orr As1 Nr-mint D29243Bobby Orr Authentic Boston Bruins Game-issued Outdoor Game JerseyBobby Orr 2014 Ud National Sports Collection Convention Sp Auto 01/25 L@@k Bobby Orr 2010 11 Sp Authentic Sign Of The Times Dual Auto Bgs 9.5Bobby Orr Auto 7/50 The Cup Enshrinements Ce-bo Boston Bruins 2012-13 Cup 2012 Upper Deck All Time Greats Signature Series Bobby Orr Psa Grade Nm-mt+ 8.51968-69 O-pee-chee Opc #214 Bobby Orr Norris Psa 5 ExBobby Orr Autograph 2012 Ud All Time Greats Hologram Die Cut On Card Auto 1/35 1971 Bobby Orr First Team All-star 1970-71 Psa Graded Ex-mt 81975 O-pee-chee #288 Bobby Orr Psa 9 1969 O-pee-chee Bobby Orr 1969 First Team All-star Psa Graded Nm 7Bobby Orr 1968-1969 Topps Hockey Card (#2) - BruinsBobby Orr Glenn Hall Noel Picard "the Goal" Slu Starting Line Up Custom Painted1971/72 Topps Story Booklets Comp. Set (24)!! Hull, Orr, Dryden!! Nrmt!! L@@k!!1971-72 O-pee-chee #100 Bobby Orr Vg-vgex D29451 1970 Bobby Orr Conn Smythe Trophy Winner Psa Graded Nm 71971/72 O-pee-chee Nhl Hockey Card #100 Bobby Orr 2003 04 Sp Authentic Sott Sign Of The Times On Card Autograph Bobby OrrHighland Mint Ray Bourque Bobby Orr Coin Set 2 Total Troy Oz Silver - Estate1971-72 O-pee-chee #245 Bobby Orr Hart/norris Vg-vgex D294532013-14 13/14 Ud Spx Retro Diecut Lot 14 Orr Roy Brodeur Bure Monahan Iginla +++1972-73 Opc Hockey Lot 101/341 Vgex Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull Wha # 3361975 O-pee-chee #210 Scoring Leaders Orr / Esposito / Dionne Psa 8Bobby Orr 2008-09 Upper Deck Black Diamond Premier Cuts Die-cuts - 1:1015 Pk !Bobby Orr X 5 Neat Old Plastic Hockey CoinsLot(7) Cards 08-09 Opc Legends Gold..roy_orr_bourque.... #3761973-74 Topps Hockey # 150 Bobby Orr - Boston Bruins - Orr - 1973-74Nwt Bobby Orr Boston Bruins Throwback Jersey Size Large1971/72 O-pee-chee Story Booklets Comp. Set (24)!! Hull. Orr, Dryden!! L@@k!!Nice Looking Early 70's Hockey Card And Insert Lot Most Big Names, Orr, Esposito08-09 Legends Masterpieces #34 Bobby Orr Blue Sp 42/501970 O-pee-chee Bobby Orr Art Ross Trophy Winner Psa Graded Ex-mt 61974-75 Opc Hockey Card #130 Bobby Orr Vg 1971 Topps Bobby Orr Psa Graded Nm 7 1968 Opc #214 Norris Trophy Bobby Orr 6 Ex-mt08-09 Legends Masterpieces #34 Bobby Orr Green Sp 13/99Bobby Orr Rookie Topps #35 Mint Condition Wow €12-13 Ud Hockey Heroes Lafleur_clarke_orr *art* Hh39 Bv$402 Bobby Orr Hockey Trading Cards1972-73 Opc (o-pee-chee) Nhl Hockey: #58 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins - ActionBobby Orr Opc O-pee-chee 1977-1978 # 251. Vintage Card In Good Condition--!!!1969 Topps Bobby Orr No.24 Psa Nm-mt 81970-71 O-pee-chee # 236 Bobby Orr All Star Ksa 7.5 Bobby Orr Topps #24 1969-70 Bobby Orr Autograph The Goal Rp Boston Bruins Hq Glossy Fridge Magnet Extremely Rare Vintage Bobby Orr Blackhawks Jersey Size 50#4 Bobby Orr Size Large (50) Classic 50th Anniversary Boston Bruins Black Jersey1974 Loblaws 30 Bobby Orr Nhl Action Stamp Psa 7 Nm! Only 14 Psa Higher!13/14 Black Diamond Quad Bobby Orr #202 Ruby Parallel /50 All-stars

Recent News: Bobby Orr Memorabilia

Source: Google News

Fan report: Lots of Flutie, hockey bus, the jersey report and a Zubaz dress
Bills 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 List
CLNS 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 fans
Columbus 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 legendary
LA 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 Dose
Habs 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 history, 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 Triathlon, 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