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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Claddagh Fund celebrity hockey tournament raises $60000The Boston Globe, May 2nd
Among those in attendance were Bobby Orr, Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys, boxing legend Micky Ward, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, and former Bruins Bob Sweeney and Brian Leetch. The event raised $60,000 for the Claddagh Fund, ...Read more
ChoresStanley Cup of Chowder, May 2nd
[BloombergBNA]; Godspeed former NHL referee Ron Wicks, who had seen and heard it all. He named Bobby Orr as the best player he'd ever seen, and he was the youngest ever official when he was called to referee his first game in 1960.[TheGlobeAndMail]...Read more
50 Years Ago in Hockey: Stanley Cup Final All EvenThe Hockey Writers, May 2nd
Bobby Orr, Danny O'Shea, Bill Heindl and Chris Hayes connected for Oshawa. Normand Pepin notched both goals for Shawinigan. The game was a wide-open affair and for the first time in many games, the Generals were outplayed by the opposition...Read more
Harper OHL Player of the WeekBayshore Broadcasting News Centre, May 2nd
Harper helped the IceDogs win the Bobby Orr Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions with a 4-0 series win over the Barrie Colts. He earned first star honours in Game 3 last Monday with a five-point performance scoring twice with three assists as part of ...Read more
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Bobby Orr, Ken Casey to host celebrity hockey tourneyThe Boston Globe, April 27th
Bobby Orr and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys will be hosting the inaugural Claddagh Fund celebrity hockey tournament on Saturday at the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, where teams will battle for bragging rights while raising money for the ...Read more
Orr to make special book signing appearancewww.parrysound.com, April 22nd
“People can purchase a book and have it signed, but only books purchased at the event, because it is a fundraiser to support the Hall of Fame youth event,” said Bobby Orr Hall of Fame general manager Cheryl Ward. “We don't want people to show up at the ...Read more
Boston legends attend David Ortiz's final Fenway openerESPN, April 11th
BOSTON -- On the occasion of David Ortiz's final Fenway Park opener, the Red Sox made sure he was surrounded by Boston sports legends. Bobby Orr, Bill Russell and Pedro Martinez were among the attendees Monday at a pregame ceremony that lasted ...Read more