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02-02-2013, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by BamBamCam View Post
Not sure why Orr's name is in this thread. He could fight but the thread is about enforcers.
While not an enforcer, some have argued that Bobby Orr was actually responsible for the genesis of "goon" hockey with the advent of the Big, Bad Bruins.

Joe Pelletier's blog has a quote from Derek Sanderson's new book which is telling:

"It was a young team, but we took care of each other. Bobby Orr made a rule that no one was ever to be in a fight alone. You were only alone until the second guy got there. If you hit one of us, the closest teammate was going to clock you - just drill you in the back of the head, cross-check you or sucker-punch you. Pow! Whatever it took. Eventually they NHL instituted the third man in rule to eliminate this."

So while not an enforcer, Orr did lead the Big, Bad Bruins in cumulative penalty minutes from '66-'75 - he was his own enforcer...though everyone on that team stood up for each other.

The beginning of the video below shows Orr flying in to help Espo....typical stuff for that team:

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