About Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr was born March 20, 1948 in Ontario, Canada. He began playing hockey when he was 5 years-old. Orr started out on offense, but a coach moved the speedy skater to defense. The switch changed hockey history.
Orr played his first NHL game with the Boston Bruins on October 19, 1966. Three days later, he scored his first NHL goal. Orr would go on to score 13 goals and get 28 assists that season—winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s outstanding rookie in the process. In 1970, the Orr and the Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues for the Stanley Cup. In 1972, they did it again, defeating the New York Rangers in six games.
In 1975, Orr signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. But he only played with the team for two seasons. Hockey had taken a toll on his knees. So, reluctantly, Bobby Orr retired at the age of 30. Over the course of his career, Bobby Orr appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times.
Bobby Orr’s Accomplishments
He won the NHL’s most valuable player award three years in a row—and eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the league’s most valuable defenseman.
In 1979, when he was 31 years old, Orr became the youngest player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. That same year, the Bruins retired his number.
And that’s a look at Bobby Orr, number 4 — the hockey player who turned scoring into a defenseman’s game.