3 Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr was born on the 20th of March 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario.  His grandfather Robert Orr was from Ballymena, County Antrim.  Many hockey historians say that Bobby Orr was the greatest hockey player of all time.  His N.H.L. (National Hockey League) achievements would support this point of view.  Orr was scouted when he was 12 years old.  At 14 he played Junior Hockey.  He was interviewed by Ward Cornell on Hockey Night in Canada at 15 years of age.  When he was just 17 years of age, the Toronto Marlboros invited Bobby to play an exhibition game against the National Team of the then Soviet Union at Maple Leaf Gardens.  He was selected as the first star of that game. 

He not only changed the game on ice, but also the way the owners treat all the players.  

The owners ruled with an iron fist, the players were poorly paid and Bobby Orr hired an agent to get a fair deal. In 1976 Orr played for Canada in the Canada Cup.  In the final Canada beat Czechoslovakia 6 – 0.  Orr was selected the M.V.P. (most valuable player) for the tournament.  

Bobby Orr is the only defenceman in the history of the NHL to win the scoring race not once, but twice (once in 1970 and again in 1975), winning the Art Ross Trophy.  He also won the Hart Trophy (M.V.P.) in 1970, ’71, and ’72; the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1970 – 1972 (was selected as playoff M.V.P.); the James Norries Trophy 8 times as Best Defenceman and the Lester Pearson Award as Outstanding Player selected by the N.H.L. Players’ Association; the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1967 (The Rookie).

He was plagued with knee injuries and only played 657 games but scored over 100 points six times, with 270 goals scored, 645 assists and 915 total points (unheard of number of points per game at that time)..