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Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr was and still is one of the greatest professional ice hockey players of all time, but especially from the later half of the 20th century. Not only did Bobby Orr break league records year after year, he changed what it meant to be and play like a hockey defenseman. He won titles and awards that no other defensive player had before him.

After getting drafted by the Boston Bruins into the National Hockey League in 1966, Bobby Orr spent ten seasons on the Bruins team before getting traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1976. Unfortunately, Orr's knees had other plans for him and he was forced to retire shortly after. In 1979, Bobby Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, as one of if not the best defensive players in the NHL's history.

  • Birthday: March 20, 1948 (20-03-1948)
  • Net Worth: $35 million
  • Occupation: President of Orr Hockey Group agency.
  • Height: 6'0" (1.83 m)
  • Weight: 197 lbs (89.36 kg)
  • Position: Defense
  • Years Active: 1967-1978 (11 years)
  • Nicknames: Number 4, Bobby Orr
  • Teams: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks

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Ice Hockey Career

Bobby Orr's professional hockey career began officially when he signed with the Boston Bruins in 1966. Bobby was only eighteen years old at the time he actually joined the Bruins and was able to play for them. Orr earned his spot on the team that year, and later earned the title of rookie of the year for that specific season. Unfortunately during a game in December of 1966 against the Toronto Maple Leafs a bad check caused Orr to miss the next nine games that season. That unfortunate check was made by Marcel Pronovost, and the injuries to his knees would cause issues for Orr for the rest of his career.

In 1976, after playing for the Bruins for ten consecutive seasons, Orr was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks where he would finish his professional hockey career as a player. He retired officially in 1979 and was quickly inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later that year; it was a special situation that he did not have to wait the normal three years.

Titles and Awards

After Bobby Orr completed his first and official season as a player on the Bruins in the National Hockey League he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. This trophy is given to the most talented rookie player that season, and for Orr this was after the 1967-1968 season. For the next seven years he participated on the NHL All-Star Team as one of the top players in the league. In 1970 he won his first Stanley Cup championship, and it wasn't until two years after this that he won his second and final championship in the NHL. Both of these wins were with the Boston Bruins team, which he also led to play in the National Hockey Leagues playoffs eight years in a row.

In addition to all of these top achievements, Bobby Orr was awarded the Art Ross Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Lester Patrick Trophy, and many other prestigious awards throughout his successful career as a professional hockey player. Some of these additional awards include the Hart Trophy, given to the league's most valuable player and the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is known for a player's outstanding performance in the playoffs.

Personal Life

Bobby Orr was born and raised in Canada. More specifically, Bobby was born in the small town of Parry Sound which is located in Ontario, Canada just slightly north of Toronto. Bobby was the third child born out of parents Doug and Arva's five children. He was born on March 20th, 1948.

Although he was the middle child with four other siblings, Bobby Orr stood out like no other on the ice. Bobby was much smaller than most of the other players, but his speed was what put him ahead. Because he was so talented, and better skilled than most of the older kids he would play against, he didn't even think about going to study at a university since he knew long before he graduated high school that he would play in the National Hockey League.

Fun Facts

  • Bobby Orr is the only player in history to have won the National Hockey Leagues Norris Trophy eight different times.
  • Bobby Orr used to play hockey with other players that were four to six years older than him when he was a kid. For example when he was only fourteen years old he was competing against kids that were eighteen years old and sometimes even older.
  • Bobby Orr was one of the only three players whose three-year wait period to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame was waived.

FAQ

Does Bobby Orr still play hockey?

No Bobby Orr does not still play professional ice hockey in the National Hockey League. Bobby Orr first started playing for the NHL when he signed with the Boston Bruins in 1966. After getting traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1976, Orr played for only three years before his career had to come to an early end due to knee issues. Orr retired in 1979 and was later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later that year.

What is Bobby Orr famous for?

Bobby Orr is most famously known for being one of the best professional ice hockey players of all time, and especially during his career in the later half of the 20th century. During his career as a hockey player in the NHL from 1966 to 1979, Bobby Orr changed the way people looked at the defensive positions. He scored more goals that any other defenseman he competed against, and broke many goal scoring records, earning him some of the most prestigious awards in the game of hockey.

Does Bobby Orr have any kids?

Yes, Bobby Orr does have kids. Bobby married his current wife Margaret Louise Wood in 1973 while he was in the peak of his career playing for the Boston Bruins. Together the couple had two sons, Brent the first born son and Darren the second and youngest child of the family. The couple raised their two boys mainly outside of the city of Boston.

Where does Bobby Orr live now?

Bobby Orr lives mainly in Weston, Massachusetts, a small suburb town about fifteen minutes outside of the city of Boston. In addition, Orr has a house in Florida as well as in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Although Orr likes vacationing at the two warmer locations when he can, his main residence is in Weston where he lives with his wife Peggy.



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