Orr: My Story [NOOK Book]

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The NHL legend tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today.  New York Times Bestseller! 

 Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest defenseman ever to play the game of hockey. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full ...
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Overview

The NHL legend tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today.  New York Times Bestseller! 

 Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest defenseman ever to play the game of hockey. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. They don’t tell what it was like when the agent he regarded as a brother betrayed him and left him in financial ruin. They don’t tell what he thinks of the game of hockey today.

Now he breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself...

Includes photographs
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"There's stars, superstars, and then there's Bobby Orr." Over the decades, Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr let his skates and his puck-handling do his talking. Until this book, this incomparable defenseman had never written a memoir, authorized a biography, or even given an extended interview about his past. That ends with this deeply personal, reflective document about his life on and off the ice. In Orr: My Story, we writes about his long (1962-1979), eventful hockey career; his triumphs, his teammates, and his post-retirement torment when his bosom-buddy agent betrayed him. A deeply human autobiography by one of the great athletes of all time. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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“This is a book more about a man than about a hockey player...Epic and noble.”—The Atlantic

“A must-read for anyone...who fondly remembers the glory years of the Big Bad Bruins.”—The Sun Chronicle

“[Orr] wrote the book…as if he were coaching both his sport and society, delivering lessons in honor and responsibility while he examines hockey at its best and worst.”—The Boston Globe

“A gripping personal record: tracing the arc from stunning rookie phenom to defeated hero. The story is moving. It’s a book that devotees of sport have to have on their bookshelves.”—Winnipeg Free Press

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-05
One of Boston's most beloved athletes tells his life story. Orr heads the extremely short list of athletes never booed in Boston, a city notorious for turning on even its greatest stars. During a brilliant career with the Bruins, cruelly cut short by injuries, he won every award hockey had to offer and retired as the greatest defenseman ever to play. If anything, he's even more cherished now, more than 30 years later, for his modesty, courtesy and many charitable endeavors. This autobiography, by no means a tell-all, does nothing to disturb his gentlemanly image. The wonder here is that the famously reticent Orr has chosen to tell anything. He has harsh words only for his former agent Alan Eagleson, who bilked him of all the money he made in hockey, for out-of-control youth coaches and for pushy parents who rob children of the simple fun of playing the game. Otherwise, Orr has nothing but good to say about his parents, siblings, neighbors and coaches who taught him respect and responsibility as a youth in Canada; about his teammates, especially players like Johnny Bucyk, Terry O'Reilly, Derek Sanderson, Phil Esposito and general manager Milt Schmidt, to whom he attributes a lot of his pro success; about opponents he admired like Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, Jean Béliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, Bobby Clarke and, especially, Gordie Howe, Orr's candidate for the best player ever. Orr speaks glowingly of athletes and celebrities he's met and admired, including Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Michael J. Fox and Ted Williams, and he devotes an entire chapter to his long friendship with former coach and Canadian icon Don Cherry. Orr skips lightly over his own on-ice achievements, dwelling only on the hard work and practice it took to become Bobby Orr, his abiding passion for hockey (including some observations on the state of today's game) and his love for the small town of his boyhood and the big city where he became a legend. Strictly for fans of the hockey great.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101635643
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 53,602
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Bobby Orr played for the Boston Bruins from 1966 to 1976, and then two more years for the Chicago Blackhawks. Among other records and honors, he remains the only defenseman to win the Art Ross Trophy league scoring title—twice—and he still holds the record for most points and assists at that position. He also won a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenseman, and three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league’s MVP, as well as two Conn Smythe Trophies as the Stanley Cup MVP. Orr was the youngest living player to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, at thirty-one.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    My dad once told me that "you watch this young man son, he'

    My dad once told me that "you watch this young man son, he's going to revolutionize the way the game is played". Boy, was he right. I started as young teenager watching him as a rookie on the Briuns and then watched the Bruins throughout his career. I've seen Gretzsky, Lemiuex, and the other truely great players, but they were offensive players who were supposed to score, dominate, etc. Which they certainly did. But what Orr did from a defensive position was truely amazing. The crowds litterally got energized when he started a rush up ice from behind the net, easily manuvering around opposing players. He actually did have multiple speeds that he could call upon at will it seemed. And he was so graceful at it, he made it look like childs play. I have never seen that from these other great players on an end to end rink basis on a consistent basis night in and night out. I feel blessed to have been able to watch him in his prime. I still love the game and love watching it, hoping to see the next Orr come along. The other remarkable thing about Orr was his complete lack of an overbearing ego you see in players in sports in general today. He was always humble, respectful, and unflappable. I loved the book and will re-read it and pass it along to others who I know love the game. I know there's no way anyone can say that, "hey, this guy was by far the best player ever in the game... ever", but for those of us who got to see Orr play on a consistent basis (without any big national media coverage), "we" know, there has been no one since him that has come close. It's a shame he wasn't starting his career today, because he would help get the NHL into the mainstream national coverage it lacks. People would definately start to watch just to see him play and never be disappointed. He alone could get Hockey on the map. I would equate him to a Pele in soccer, only he just didn't have the media coverage in the NHL back then.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I am a True Fan!!!!!!!!!

    I love Bobby Orr. He is the greatest hockey player to ever take the ice, next to Wayne Gretzky. I believe he is the Boston Bruins. His legacy will always live on in sports history. He is a great person and a remarkable human being.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Review Of Orr    Bobby Orr has been very quiet about his lif

    Review Of Orr




       Bobby Orr has been very quiet about his life stories for quite some time but finally he decided to write a book about them; “Orr: My Story”. Bobby Orr is one of hockey's most famous players and even referred to as the best hockey player of all time, even better than Wayne Gretzky. Bobby Orr played in the NHL for 12 total seasons, 10 of which were with the Boston Bruins, and the last 2 were with the Chicago Blackhawks. Orr played from 1966 to 1978 where he retired due to leg injuries and his increasing age.With Orr, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1970 and 1972, and lost in the 1974 Final. In both victories, Orr scored the clinching goal and was named the playoff MVP. In the final achievement of his career, he was the MVP of the 1976 Canada Cup international hockey tournament. Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 due to his great achievements. One of the biggest themes of Bobby’s story was about victorie and sportsmanship within hockey. Bobby was never one to give up and this truly shows in what he had accomplished with his 12 seasons of NHL hockey. What I liked most about this book was when bobby described his most famous goal. He described how he scored from the side of the net and did the flying celebration as the defenseman lifted his legs from under him by using his hockey stick. It was just a miraculous story because not only did it look funny but it also was the game winning goal for the stanley cup. However I disliked that the book became boring and hard to read at some times but it was expected from being a non-fiction and all. So overall I think that it is a must read for any hockey fan or anybody who wants to learn more about hockey and some of its greatest legends such as Orr. If you liked this book i would recommend reading “The Game”; it is another book about one of the greatest hockey players but this time it is on Wayne Gretzky. Overall I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Growing up I wasn't a huge Bobby Orr fan as I was young and he w

    Growing up I wasn't a huge Bobby Orr fan as I was young and he would beat up on my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. 
    Of course I was disappointed when he wasn't on the 72 Summit Series as any Canadian would. We finally got to see him 
    in action in the 76 Canada cup and well even with ailing knees out performed the rest.. When you are young you tend to cheer for the heroes of your team but as I grew older I started to realize how
    important he was to hockey and to what it was to be a gentleman. On the ice he was a fierce competitor but off the ice he was a true gentleman and ambassador to Canada. 
    His book brought back many memories of my childhood playing on Georgian Bay. Building our nets out of piles of snow or gloves. Sometimes we only had one puck and would search for what seemed like hours to find it.
    Then there was the road hockey and the yelling of car. A lot of times the car would intentionally run over our net (pile of snow) and we would yell, "Must be a Hab Fan". But truly I couldn't wait to read this book and I was thrilled that Mr. Orr didn't disappoint.
    Humble as a true Canadian and brought up with true family values but when the chips were all in would kick your ass back to where you came from. It isn't about the big salaries and egos like today's game but about what you feel in your heart. I believe Bobby would have played for nothing if that is all they offered back then.
    This was true of a lot of the early Hockey stars, they just loved the game that much. It was a true honour reading your book Mr. Orr and I wish you all the best. I've drove by your homestead many times but next time I will take a second look to honour the greatest hockey player of all time.         

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Excellent

    Finally i have been waiting for a book like this. I watched Orr growing up and i was amazed great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

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    This is a great book about an amazing hockey player! Reading it

    This is a great book about an amazing hockey player! Reading it answered a lot of the stuff I had heard about Bobby Orr.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Great book

    Outstanding

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    If you loved ORR before, you will love him even more.

    This starts in Parry sound and continues to the present. Bobby Orr shows us the importance of his family and family values. He describes how the process worked when he was beginning his hockey career, and contrasts it to today's recruits.

    Life was not always easy for Orr or his family, but together they persevered. This book is demonstrates the importance of friendships and their lasting qualities.

    ORR my story, is presented in a very humble, readable and entertaining manner. I couldn't imagine Bobby presenting himself any other way!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Great read if you are a fan of Mr. Orr, or hockey in general - #1 of all time

    Waited a long time to hear Bobby tell it his way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Great Hockey story and more!

    This book is truly a must read for a Bruins fan and any hockey fan. It details Orr's early beginnings as a hockey player and adds the flavor of his upbringing as a person. It is a book written by a humble man who understands the sacrifices a family must make to help support a high quality athlete. It has a unique quality as Orr also details the things in life that are truly important and what he cherishes including; friends, family, perseverance, hard work, and humility. The book also details his professional hockey career as well as some painful happenings in his life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

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    Highly recommend!

    First of all, let's say I went into this book pretty much knowing what to expect and it has not failed me! This is a wonderful book, rich in hockey history and finally a peek into the private life of who I consider to be THE BEST HOCKEY PLAYER EVER! He did in his short career what no other defenseman has ever done. If you love hockey this is a must read. Or if you just want to read about a really neat guy, also a must read. I will read and re-read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Great book. Learned things about Mr. Orr and NHL during his time I didn't know about. Was hoping for more funny hockey stories, but still loved the book. Every boy/girl playing hockey AND THEIR PARENTS should read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Orr, the life story of hockey great Bobby Orr is a superb story.

    Orr, the life story of hockey great Bobby Orr is a superb story. Orr writes about his triumphs, his teammates, his motivations, and his fame. This superb story gives an intimate look into the life and times of a national sports hero. I give this book my highest praise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2015

    .dam<_>n. okay. wow. that was deep. very. for the record,

    .dam&lt;_&gt;n. okay. wow. that was deep. very. for the record, I was not with Josh at the moment then went back to him. I don't cheat o.o. I really didn't mean to hurt you. Will, you are one of my best friends. You have always been there for me. always. You could be silly in moments where all I wanted to do was cry my eyes out. Thank you for that. For everything: putting up with me, staying my friend, never leaving my side. I believe that you won't die. I believe that because I refuse to believe anything else. You're amazing, strong-hearted, and muchmuchmuch more. You better be here when I get back to nook. While I have many faithful trustworthy friends, you're towards the top of the list. Love you Will. - yours truly, Bw aka Maria you Fluffy Unicorn Skittles Bestie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2015

    Raven ~ Will

    Nu!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2015

    Emery to will

    Ingore the bi<_>tches that put you down. I hope everything works out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2015

    Jake to will

    Man dont die your awesome no matter what anybody says goodluck man

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2015

    Wills Story

    So.. Really I was born in ohio on september 14 The Year doesnt matter you can ask me that later... My mother was not expecting me untill december but i came alittle early. I grew up In ohio for 7 Years then moved to Texas. Where i live today. I grew up a good boy. >Thats what i was told< At the age of 8 i had my first girl friend her name was Avery we didnt really know anything "love" but im a boy so.. i was at her every command. I dated her for 1.5 Years then we broke up because she moved away. I had my first kiss when i was around 11 her name was maggie She Asked to be my partner in sciene. And we kissed idk i was like in 6th grade i dont remember that much. My 12th birthday is when i started to change. My real Parents Were Killed in a fire and i was taken in by my aunt and uncle. They didnt have any kids so im a only child. They didnt care about me. I was devistated by my parents death. So.. i cut once or twice. At one point my goal was too kill myself but i never had the chance. On my 15th Birthday i got a nook from A friend. I started Rping after seeing a "Ad" i met seth and a few others including. Bw,Aqua,Doc,Nonnie. Some ppl dont really remember me i had a few names i didnt do much and really i was a mess. [WARNING: Following Text is personal but w<_>tf] I met Bw at Dubliners shes the only one i really am gonna talk about (Idc Josh if your reading this) I started talking to her alot really shes the inly reason i came on and still a main reason i come on today followed by some more but anyways. I "hanged" with her alot And slowly developed Feelings for her and asked her out (didnt know she was with josh) She said no but later changed her mind. She Was my gf for 2 days.) Best 2 dayz of my life. One day i get home from school and see a long note i done bother reading it knowing whats coming which. Was act 2 of tearing me apart now i hateeee being dumped it hurts my brain. It gts me over-welmed. What im trying to say is i became a "monster" i didnt eat much i didnt drink at all really i barley cam on i skipped school. I went to jail once by accident for telling a police officer i fu<_>cked his wife but it was a dare and i really didnt care. [If your still reading then ty And your a true friend] speaking of friends. I didnt have much back then (8 months ago) So i just sat around. I started playing football in the fall and didnt stop. I gotSo hur i was literally kicked off the team. I alost killed myself for playing a sport. I started wanting to kill myself and i got so hurt from that... i was forced to see a doctor. Which brings me to present time. Idk if i will live or die. Idc if i die. Idc if i live. Im about to run out of words so. Really If You love me and will care alittle Comment plz i just want to see some ppl that care plz and ty oh if you were wondering i have a gf currently (Aqua/Raven/Project x) (Sorry for bad spelling)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    To Eliza

    Sounds a lot like this one story by Anna

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