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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So, this Bobby Orr guy “revolutionized the game?” He could skate end to end with the puck on a string, loop around the net and make the goaltender look more helpless than Wile E. Coyote? Oh, and he could beat the tar out of you? Jeez, dude sounds nuts...Read more
FARINELLA: Orr still inspires off iceThe Sun Chronicle, July 26th
I'm not usually one to tout what appears in another newspaper, but the Boston Globe's Bob Hohler wrote a story about former Bruins' star Bobby Orr, now 65 years old but still recognizable as the player that changed his sport forever. The focus was not...Read more
Bobby Orr swings by Thunder Bay's Staal Open golf tournamentCBC.ca, July 15th
Thunder Bay welcomed a hockey legend this week, when Boston Bruins' No. 4, Bobby Orr, visited the Staal Open golf tournament on Tuesday. The Hockey Hall of Fame member, from Parry Sound, Ont. signed autographs for fans and played games with a ...Read more
Bobby Orr à Montréal pour aider les démunisLe Journal de Montréal, July 14th
Lundi dernier, le célèbre défenseur des Bruins, Bobby Orr, l'un des meilleurs joueurs de l'histoire de LNH, était à Montréal à titre de président d'honneur de la Classique de golf de la Fondation James Barriere. Au cours des années les tournois de golf...Read more
Pan Am pride and excitement at opening ceremoniesToronto Sun, July 10th
There was Bobby Orr and Steve Nash and Ferguson Jenkins, greatest hockey players, basketball player, and baseball player we've ever known. There was Marita Payne, the two-time Olympic medal winner, passing the torch to her son, Andrew Wiggins, the ...Read more
SI Vault: Boston's savior Bobby Orr commands respect, high price at 18SI.com, June 25th
As the 2015 NHL Draft and the arrival of two potentially generational players, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, loom, SI.com looks back at other notable teen phenoms with a series of features from the SI Vault. The sixth installment is this story, which ...Read more
45 years later, Bobby Orr goal stands test of timeBoston Globe (subscription), May 8th
For me, the moment came 45 years ago Sunday, Mother's Day 1970, when Bobby Orr mashed home Derek Sanderson's return feed (Fred Cusick: “Orr . . . to Sanderson . . . back in front to Orr . . . shot, SCORES!'') to clinch the Stanley Cup and then took...Read more