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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You Oughta Know- Dave Coulier reminisced about skating with Bobby Orr, and how impressed he was with him even before reading Orr's memoir. [Boston.com]; Rask is now immortalized as a wasp... [MyLittleBlackhawk] unless you'd prefer the classic ...Read more
MIRACLE MEMORIESLake Placid News, February 26th
I went down there around the net, trying to give it the Bobby Orr a couple of times behind the net. ... I saw nobody was with me, down around this area, and Buzzy, he and Pat and I played together the line, and Buzzy was probably the least conditioned...Read more
Big Papi, A-Rod Have Different Approaches to 40Boston.com (blog), February 25th
Bobby Orr? Teddy Ballgame? Ortiz wasn't buying that BS. He hasn't spoken with A-Rod since and, based on what he said Wednesday in Fort Myers, isn't planning on chatting it up with A-Rod any time soon. "No, dude,'' he told ESPN Boston. "I don't like to...Read more
'Full House' Star Dave Coulier on Skating with Bruins Legend Bobby OrrBoston.com, February 25th
Growing up in a hockey town like Detroit, Dave Coulier spent his childhood skating on frozen ponds while idolizing legends such as Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr. During the height of his Full House career, the comedy star actually got to meet—and ...Read more
Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey launching new boxing seriesBoston Globe (subscription), February 25th
“It was actually Bobby Orr who was such a good example for how to conduct yourself in life, post-career and he had suggested you have all these fans and you do so much, you need to do something to capture everyone's attention and enthusiasm,” Casey ...Read more
Turmoil in BeantownSports Network, February 25th
But the injury problems only tell a small part of the story for the Bruins, a franchise that is struggling mightily only a few years after returning to its championship form for the first time since the halcyon days of Bobby Orr. The Bruins find...Read more
Rozner: Biggest loser in Rose injury saga is fansChicago Daily Herald, February 24th
Team Canada teammate Darryl Sittler was quoted as saying, "Bobby Orr was better on one leg than anybody else was on two." That night in Boston we talked about how life might have been different for athletes like Orr, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus and Andre ...Read more
Bobby Orr on D&C: Zdeno Chara 'not finished yet'WEEI.com (blog), February 13th
“In our game today, just get to the playoffs. If you can get to the playoffs, who knows?” Orr said. “Look at the Bruins, look who they're competing against. How much stronger are the other teams? The parity is unbelievable, and if you get there, who...Read more