Bobby Orr (born March 20, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Boston Bruins (10 seasons) and the Chicago Black Hawks (2 seasons). His father, Doug Orr, was a speedy hockey player and gifted scorer as well. Bobby played forward at the age of 5, but later moved to defense by his coach, Royce Tennant. Orr is recognized as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Greatest Sporting Achievements
Orr remains to be the only defenseman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies. He also holds the most record for most points and assists as a defenseman during a single season. He won eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the league’s MVP. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 when he was 31.
Why Was He So Good?
Bobby Orr used his ice skating speed and scoring and play-making skills to modernize the defenseman position. After his hockey career, he became a scout for various professional teams. He became a mentor to the young skaters.
What You May Not Know
- When he was younger, his summers involved swimming, hunting and fishing with his father and brothers.
- He was the one to lead the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 29 years.
- Bobby Orr had a number of knee surgeries back in the day because other NHL teams realized that his knees were making him a great player. So they kept running people at him.
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