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Profiling 10 Legends of the NHL

Bobby Orr  Image

Bobby Orr

DOB: March 20, 1948
Birthplace: Parry Sound, ON
Seasons Played: 9
Position: Defense
Hall of Fame induction: 1979
 
 

#4--- Bobby Orr ---#4
  • Gordie Howe was once quoted as saying "My favorite as the number 1 player of all-time would be Bobby Orr. I loved the way he played the game, I loved the way he changed the game and the quickness he had" and Phil Esposito said "All Bobby did was change the face of hockey all by himself"
  • The Bruins discovered Bobby in 1960 at age 12 and recognizing the talent that young Orr had, they sponsered his team and earned the rights to Orr. Orr was rewarded with a few hundred dollars, a new coat of stucco on the family home and some new clothes.
  • At 14, Orr played junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals competing against 18-20 year olds and set league records for most points scored by a defenseman. In his third season in the OHA, helped lead the Generals the the league championship.
  • Finally when Orr turned 18 he was allowed to join the NHL (due to league rules, you must be 18 to play) and Toronto lawyer Alan Eagleson negotiated Orrs contract with the Boston Bruins. As a rookie, Orr became the highest payed player in the league)
  • Orr joined the NHL in 1966-67 at age 18, and played his first season in what was to be the last season of the original six.
  • Although Orr was primarily known for his incredible offensive and defensive abilities, Orr was also one of the best scrappers in the league taking on some of the toughest guys of his day. Bruins coach Harry Sinden said "People are crazy if they want to fight him, he has got about the fastest hands in hockey"
  • Orr won the Calder trophy his rookie season scoring 13 goals and 41 points. When Rangers defenseman Harry Howell was awarded the Norris Trophy that season he said "Im glad I won it now because its going to belong to Orr from now on". Orr went on to win it for the next 8 consecutive seasons.
  • Orrs knee problems began late in his rookie season undergoing his first knee operation on his left knee and then undergoing another just 3 months later. He had another in 1972 and then twice more in 1975.
  • In 1970 Orr became the first defenseman to win the Art Ross Trophy and scoring title with 33 goals and 87 for a 120 point season. That season he also won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman and Hart Trophy for league MVP. He capped it off winning the playoff MVP Conn Smythe trophy as he led the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 29 years. Orr became the first player in the NHL to win four major NHL trophies in one season.
  • In the 1971 season he bettered his previous seasons points total with 37 goals and 102 assists for a total 139 points. He again led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup and Orr again was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. The 102 assists he scored in the regular season set a new NHL record.
  • Orr went on to post 6 straight seasons of over 100 points winning the leagues scoring title again in 1975.
  • Bobby Orr became the first NHLer to score a million dollar contract.
  • In 1974-75, Bobby had his highest total for goals in a season scoring an incredible 46 goals.
  • 1975-76 was not a good season for Bobby as severe back problems limited him to 10 games.
  • When it was time to renew Orr's contract at the end of the 1976 season, the Bruins offered him a large contract as well as 18% ownership of the Bruins. However his agent Alan Eagleson following his own agenda, misled Bobby into thinking the deal being offered by the Chicago BlackHawks was better the Bruins offer and Bobby signed with Chicago. The tough physical play Bobby displayed throughout his career was catching up with him, and back and knee problems limited him to 26 games over two seasons with the BlackHawks.
  • Bobby Orr was a honourable player, because of the fact that injuries prevented him from playing for the Hawks Bobby never cashed a single BlackHawks pay cheque stating that he was paid to play, and if he couldn't play he didnt deserve the money.
  • Orr is fourth on the list for highest points per game total only behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy (all forwards).
  • Orr has been credited with revolutionalizing the way the position of defense is played. Prior to him, defenseman generally hung back and stuck to a defensive role. When Orr started doing his famous end to end rushes, handling and shooting the puck like a forward he opened the gate for a whole new style of defensemen. His ability to read the play and incredible speed that allowed him to get back and make an incredible defensive play made him stand out as possibly the greatest two sided player the game has ever seen.
  • Six times in nine years Orr led the league in +/-.
  • Participates anually in the CHL Top Prospects game, where Team Orr faces off against team Cherry featuring the top players in the Canadian Hockey League (players range age 15-20)
  • Named to the NHLs first team all-star in 8 out of his 9 seasons in the league.
  • As of 2006, Orr is working as a Boston based players agent and represents such talents as Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Jeff Carter and Brian Boyle.

Bobby Orr image

 

NHL Teams

Boston Bruins
Chicago BlackHawks

Bobby Orr Career Stats

(regular season)
Games Goals Assists Points
657 270 645 915
(playoffs)
Games Goals Assists Points
74 26 66 92

Bobby Orr behind the net image

NHL Teams

Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks

Trophy Collection

3 Hart
2 Art Ross
8 Norris
2 Conn Smythe
1 calder