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D Bobby Orr

915 points in 657 GP
92 points in 74 playoff games
  • x2 Stanley Cup winner ('70,'72)
  • x8 Norris Trophy Winner ('68-'75)
  • x2 Art Ross Winner ('70,'75)
  • x3 Hart Trophy Winner ('70-'72)
  • x1 Lindsay Award Winner ('75)
  • x2 Conn Smythe Winner ('70,'72)
  • x8 1st All-Star Team ('68-'75)
  • x1 2nd All-Star Team ('67)
  • x7 All-Star Games ('68-'73,'75)
Norris Finishes: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3
Hart Finishes: 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 6
All-Star Team Voting Finishes: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 4

Point Finishes (Defensemen): 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3
Point Finishes (Overall): 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3

- '75 Canada Cup MVP, named to '72 Summit Series but did not play due to injury
- 1967 Calder Trophy winner
- Awarded Lester Patrick Award for contributions to U.S hockey in '79
- Waiting period waived for induction into HHOF in '79
- Led league in assists 5 times ('70-'72,'74,'75), second in assists one other time ('73)
- Placed second in points league-wide three times ('71,'72','74) behind only Espo each time, placed in third points once behind ('73) behind Espo and Bobby Clarke
- Led league in +/- six times
- Eclipsed 100 points six times, 46 goals career high and hit 30 goals four other times, career high of 102 assists
- Voted second greatest player by 1997 THN Top 100 Panel behind Gretzky
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Originally Posted by LoH
In his first National Hockey League game, against the Detroit Red Wings and Gordie Howe, 18-year-old Orr impressed the home crowd and the many reporters with his defensive abilities. He blocked shots, made checks and moved opposing players away from the net. He also recorded his first point - an assist.

Orr was better than good in his first season. He won the Calder Trophy as the best rookie and also made the NHL's Second All-Star Team.

Orr revolutionized the sport with his scoring ability and playmaking from the blue line. Other defenders, beginning as early as Lester Patrick in the nascent days of the game, had been offensive threats, but Orr dominated. He won two scoring titles, the only defender to accomplish that feat, and had career season highs of 46 goals and 102 assists. More than just statistics, Orr had the ability to control the game, to take over. He had the speed to float away from defenders and also to recover should he lose possession or get caught on a rush. Often, odd-man rushes in the other team's favour were reversed by his effortless strides. Some argued that he wasn't defensively sound, but hockey people rejected these claims.

For eight consecutive seasons Orr won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman and three times he was the league's most valuable player to collect the Hart Trophy. Orr's plus-minus rating when he was at his best was untouchable at plus-124 in 1970-71, when he scored 139 points.

Orr took advantage of a chance to play in a major international competition - the 1976 Canada Cup - when Chicago management gave him permission to play. Having missed all of the Summit Series, the Canada Cup proved to be Orr's only major appearance in a competition against the best the world had to offer. He was outstanding in the Canadian team's run to the championship. He was co-leader of the team in scoring, finishing the seven games tied with another great defender, the New York Islanders' Denis Potvin, with nine points. Orr was selected to the tournament All-Star team and capped the experience with the most valuable player award.

Orr's performance at the Canada Cup had the Chicago faithful energized for his first appearance in colours other than Bruins black and gold. But Orr's left knee would once again impede his career. He played 20 games of his first season in Chicago weakened by his sixth operation on the knee in April 1976. He spent the entire 1977-78 season recuperating, trying to revive his battered knee, which doctors described as nothing but bone rubbing bone after so many operations and injuries.

He made a valiant attempt to return, playing six games at the start of the 1978-79 season. Though Orr didn't feel incredible amounts of pain, he was limited in his movements and unable to practise much with the team. In one game against the Detroit Red Wings, he was on the ice for four Detroit goals and described his play as "terrible." At the age of 30, he decided he was only hindering his Chicago squad.
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Originally Posted by Hockey's Golden Era Stars of the Original Six
Orr's speed, acceleration and spectacular rushes made him hockey's greatest attraction. His great shot and sense of anticipation allowed him to score virtually at will. Due to injuries Orr's time in the NHL relatively short but his impact on the game was revolutionary.
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Originally Posted by Pro Hockey Heroes of Today
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, he was not a big, brawny young man. But he had strong legs, an uncanny touch, and reflexes and coordination which defied reality.

He could carry the puck on his stick and still skate faster than his foes. He could shift direction in an instant, then with a quick flick of his wrists lay a perfect pass on the stick of a speeding teammate or fire an accurate shot on goal and keep going in to get any rebounds. He was a gambler, roaming far from his assigned position. Yet when his opponents took the puck, Orr was often swift enough to beat them back up the ice.

He wasn't the surest of defensemen. Critics complained that he sometimes got trapped out of position. And he wasn't a heavy hitter. But he could play defense with his stick as well as others could play with their and sticks and their bodies. He gambled but he was fast and fearless enough to get away with it, even intercepting shots by throwing his body in front of them, risking worse punishment than the goaltenders with their heavy padding.

...And a skater as fast as Bobby could rush the length of the ice, outrunning slower defenders and scoring or setting up a score, Opposing teams soon learned that there was no foolproof defense against such talent.


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