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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Both have legends, the Bruins with star defensemen Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque and the Canadiens with impregnable goalies Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. As a whole, the Canadiens hold an edge over the B's with 25 playoff series victories out of the 34 ...Read more
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Turns out she's from Oshawa, Ontario, so he starts talking about Bobby Orr who played junior hockey there. The next day, now at Parkview North, another nurse comes in to treat him, and she's from Brantford, Ontario, so he starts talking about Brantford...Read more
Top 3 on 3WCAX, March 1st
But Dukette wasn't done. Dukette broke free during a Spaulding power play, was tripped up but stayed on her feet and was able to get a Bobby Orr-esque goal. Northfield won the game 2-0 and Dukette takes our top spot in this week's top 3 on 3." ...Read more
'Full House' Star 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
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
Shaughnessy on Gresh & Zo: Is Brady Best Boston Athlete Ever?CBS Local, February 11th
After Super Bowl no. 4, Tom Brady (center) may have surpassed Larry Bird (top left), Ted Williams (bottom left), Bobby Orr (top right) and Bill Russell (bottom right) as the best athlete to ever play in Boston. (Getty Images) ...Read more
Best NHL defence pairings of all-timeSportsnet.ca, February 10th
Bobby Orr and Dallas Smith: You could've put a pylon beside Bobby Orr and that pylon would probably garner Hall of Fame consideration. Orr is the best defenceman in NHL history by a mile and it didn't really matter who his partner was. Still, Dallas...Read more
Connor McDavid leans on Bobby Orr for adviceCBC.ca, January 22nd
Connor McDavid was still a youngster when he first met Bobby Orr at the hockey legend's summer camp. Awestruck at the time, McDavid forged a friendship that led to Orr becoming his agent. Now, as McDavid skates toward being the top pick in the NHL...Read more