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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20--Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr

The Boston Bruins went to unusual lengths to land the small prospect. Players as young as 14 could be put on a 4-name future negotiation list.  When Orr was 14, Boston made arrangements for him to play with the Oshawa Generals in the metro Junior A League.

Orr won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1967. He would end up winning the Norris Trophy as best defenseman for 8 consecutive years. In 1970 he became the first player in history to win down four individual trophies in one season. He won the Norris, Art Ross (Top scorer), Hart (MVP) and Conn Smythe (MVP in playoffs). He ended up with 3 Harts and 2 Smythe Trophies, as well as two Stanley Cup rings.
Orr finished his career with 270 goals and 915 points in 657 games.  He remains as the only defenseman to lead the NHL in scoring. He held 12 individual records at the time of his retirement. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

Not much to say that has already been said.

Somehow, I pulled from packs of 95/96 Parkhurst SR5 Super Rookie and its companion, the autographed version. Couldn't get one IP even though at the time I was the only one there. That was the only time I had the opportunity and it was not pleasant. Anyhoo, Happy Birthday Number Four.

1 comment:

  1. An unpleasant experience with Number Four?

    Will you ever share that, or is it better left in the past?