Number Four Bobby Orr

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    Starting with his jump from the Oshawa Generals to the NHL's Boston Bruins, Sports Illustrated began in-depth coverage of the career of Bobby Orr, a player who remains, over thirty years after his retirement, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
     Orr completely changed the way hockey was played, taking it from a game of grinding defence to a rushing, high-scoring affair. Along the way, Orr set scoring records, won ...

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    Starting with his jump from the Oshawa Generals to the NHL's Boston Bruins, Sports Illustrated began in-depth coverage of the career of Bobby Orr, a player who remains, over thirty years after his retirement, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
     Orr completely changed the way hockey was played, taking it from a game of grinding defence to a rushing, high-scoring affair. Along the way, Orr set scoring records, won individual awards, and led his Bruins to two Stanley Cups before a bad knee began costing him games. He tried two major comebacks in the late seventies, showing a perseverance and dedication unmatched in the game, but ultimately was forced into an early retirement at the age of thirty.
Number Four, Bobby Orr brings together the stories and photographs behind the career. The media-shy Orr rarely opened up to reporters, hiding his charitable works and his loyalty to his friends and teammates and letting his play speak for itself. This anthology brings together all SI's reporting on Orr, from the 1960s to his new career as a player agent in the 2000s, to form a comprehensive biography of one of the greats of the game.

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As one hockey expert observed, "Bobby Orr was a star when they played the national anthem before his first game." And almost from the beginning, Sports Illustrated was there to document the fleet skating and stealthy scoring of this NHL star. And they didn't stop with his retirement three decades ago. This 200+-page signature Sports Illustrated Collection covers his entire playing career, including his comebacks; his post-retirement legal battles; and his extraordinary good works in the years since. A perfect tribute to the Hall of Famer of whom one opponent admitted, "We hated to check him. We respect him so much that we don't want to do anything to damage those knees."

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The makeup of this collection from the pages of Sports Illustrated is a lot like a hockey team. There are A-list writers such as Frank Deford, deftly tossing out beautiful turns of phrase on a debuting 18-year-old Orr, and the veteran S.L. Price anchoring the line-up with a rock-solid 2009 story on Orr turned player agent, even more fascinating given that Number Four did not agree to an interview. Mark Mulvoy, SI's hockey writer at the height of Orr's stardom from 1968-1974, turns in dependable tales that are often more about the Bruins than just Orr, reflecting the news of the day. Centering the squad is Jack Olsen, with the 1970 "Sportsman of the Year" epic that will stand the test of time. Role players such as Gary Ronberg and Peter Gammons fill out the team. Hockey Hall of Fame writer Michael Farber serves as the general manager, delivering an inspiring pre-game speech/foreword that stresses Orr's importance to the game without getting bogged down in statistics. Although an anthology which relies on what appeared in the magazine leaves large gaps in the story—from 1978 to 2009—this is still a icy cool collection for all those who were electrified watching Orr at the height of his game. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771079252
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 347,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Sports Illustrated opened its doors in 1954. The company has a massive international staff of the highest regarded sports writers and photographers, and has widely become recognized globally as the most respected voice in sports journalism. Through its magazines and website, Sports Illustrated reaches over 21 million sports enthusiasts weekly -- that's a lot of hockey fans.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014


    As soon as Michael, Dora and Kinera where gone, a 13 year old boy peeked out from behind a Dumpster?. His Raichu, Charge, bounced along beside him. He opened the door, revealing trinkets galore. He picked over the pieces, taking many trinkets. A piece caught his eye. A circuit board connected to a teleporter. He walked over, disconnected it, carved a lightning bolt into the table and he and Charge ran away to trinket result 2, leaving a note that said so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014


    Kinera flies in on her white Staraptor, Ace, landing in front of the Pokemon Lab HQ. Dora, a girl with dusty brown hair and blue eyes, see her. When the childhood friends were 10, Dora went to Orre to become a scientist's apprentice. That said, that does not mean she doesn't have any Pokemon. "Hi Dora!" Kinera said. "Hey, Kinera. There has been some cases of Shadow Pokemon lately. But the odd thing is, we found out Team Cipher hasn't resurfaced," said Dora.<br>"Wait, WHAT?"<br>"Come inside. Michael will probably explain it better than me."<p>Michael, the same person who caught Shadow Lugia (AKA XD001), was inside with his Jolteon. He looked different from that time, since he is now 17. "Michael, this is Kinera, the person I told everyone who might help us," Dora said. "I'm just wondering, but why can she help us?" asked Michael, glancing at Kinera.<br>"Kinera caught Kroshadia a few months ago." Upon that answer, Michael gained a surprised expression. "Wow...Well, since Dora brought you in here, I might as well tell you what's going on," he said. "Dora told me that Shadow Pokemon has been poppin' up and that there was no evidence that Cipher came back," Kinera replied. "It started last month. At first, we thought Ardos came back and was se<_>lling Shadow Pokemon. I fought the Trainers who had the Pokemon, but when I interrogated them, they said that some shady people were se<_>lling the Shadow Pokemon. From thier description, it didn't sound like Team Cipher. They wore totally black clothes, and had a fancy white 'F' surrounded in a red and grey glow on thier shirts-" "TEAM FORGOTTEN!" yelled Kinera in outrage, interrupting Michael. He and Dora looked at her in confusion. "They were the team that nearly enveloped the world in darkness by releasing Kroshadia!" Kinera said loudly. Dora nodded and said "Maybe we can track where they would strike next?" And they went out to find more information.<p> ONE WEEK LATER...<p>Kinera, Dora, and Michael finally found out thier plans. It took many battles and Kinera (who was given a Snagem Machine and an Aura Reader) and Michael caught many Shadow Pokemon. They found out that Iverex discovered how to close the hearts of Pokemon and recently revealed to some Trainers how to do so. The three also found out that a Team Forgotten admin is on his way to the city where Kinera lives. Kinera on Ace, Dora on her Dragonite &female , and Michael on his Pidgeot &male , they flew to domestic res 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013


    It was amazing

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