NHL legend Bobby Orr tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today in this 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...
About 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Royce Tennant xii
1 Parry Sound 11
2 Lessons from my Parents 41
3 Oshawa 57
4 A Rookie in Boston: 1966-1967 91
5 Toward the Cup: 1967-1970 109
6 Heaven is Black and Gold: 1970-1975 129
7 Grapes 165
8 The Last Years: 1975-1979 177
9 About Alan Eagleson 189
10 Final Act and Beyond 207
11 State of the Game 215
Some Awards and Recognitions: A Personal Perspective 261
Career Statistics and Records 272
Photo Credits 284
What People are Saying About This
“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