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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Bobby Orr helped open Oshawa Civic Auditorium 50 years agodurhamregion.com, December 17th
OSHAWA -- Bobby Orr helped celebrate the opening of the Oshawa Civic Auditorium by scoring a goal 50 years ago this month. Orr, who would go on to become arguably the greatest player ever to play the game of hockey, helped christen the new arena ...Read more
Connor McDavid will play for agent Bobby Orr at CHL prospects gameThe Globe and Mail, December 17th
Connor McDavid gets a handful of text messages each month from agent Bobby Orr. The legendary defenceman's advice is pretty straightforward. “He tells me to sleep more,” McDavid said. “That's probably the main thing. He tells me probably two, three...Read more
Just Alex Ovechkin and Hall of Famer Bobby Orr Hanging OutRussian Machine Never Breaks, December 16th
Before the Caps and Panthers faced off in Sunrise, Alex Ovechkin, in those ridiculous yellow spandex shorts, met up with some joe schmo during warmu… OMG, that's Bobby Orr! Orr, maybe the greatest defenseman of all-time, is a NHLPA agent these days...Read more
Throwback Thursday: Bobby Orr's gift of Christmas pastBoston Herald, December 10th
21 of that year, Boston Bruins defenseman and star rookie Bobby Orr had played his first game for the team a mere two months earlier. Here, the 18-year-old legend-to-be swapped his jersey for a suit jacket and handed his wrapped gift for the Salvation...Read more
Day honouring Bobby Orr was complete successwww.parrysound.com, December 10th
“Bobby Orr Day” was a complete success from morning to night and citizen and visitors alike joined in honouring Bobby's hockey accomplishments. Notables at the Civic Luncheon, welcomed by Mayor Smith, included Bobby and his family, our own Terry ...Read more
Pat Quinn's Greatest HitTorontoist, November 25th
Additional material from Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr (Toronto: Viking, 2013); the December 9, 1968, April 3, 1969, and April 4, 1969 editions of the Globe and Mail; and the March 17, 1969, April 3, 1969, and June 25, 1998 editions of the Toronto Star...Read more
In memory of Pat Quinn: His take on his famous Bobby Orr hitSI.com, November 24th
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