Orr: My Story

Orr: My Story

by Bobby Orr

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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...

Includes photographs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101635643
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 372,860
Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
File size: 18 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

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

Introduction 1

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

Epilogue 257


Some Awards and Recognitions: A Personal Perspective 261

Contracts 267

Career Statistics and Records 272

Afterword 277

Acknowledgments 281

Sources 283

Photo Credits 284

Index 285

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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

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Orr: My Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally i have been waiting for a book like this. I watched Orr growing up and i was amazed great book
Senna119 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about an amazing hockey player! Reading it answered a lot of the stuff I had heard about Bobby Orr.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.         
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
fosrick10 More than 1 year ago
Waited a long time to hear Bobby tell it his way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
penzgirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
LasVegasMia More than 1 year ago
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.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Mention the name “Bobby Orr” and hockey fans will envision the man who revolutionized how defensemen play the game and non-fans will even know that he was a great player in Boston. Considered one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he had an image of a quiet and dignified man, not completely comfortable in the spotlight and would give much more credit to his teammates. When he decided to write his memoir in 2013, the words he used solidified that reputation. He tries to write as much about others as he does about himself in the book. He states that he wrote the book because he had “something to share” to other parents and grandchildren. He stays away from gossip (his section on colorful Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson was very short) or harsh criticism. The latter was very evident with his section on Alan Eagleson, the disgraced agent who represented Orr and many other hockey players while serving as the president of the NHL players’ union. Even though it is very evident that Orr still harbors bitterness to this day about the man who led him astray financially, he still writes some positive things about Eagleson as well. That was probably the biggest surprise in the book as most of the book reads like the typical sports memoir, with praise for his parents, fond memories of playing hockey on the lake as a kid, remembering his career in Juniors where he was discovered at 15 by the Bruins and signed as a teenager. Then we hear stories about his time with the Bruins and their talented teams – of course in true Orr style, he is humble about this and writes more about his teammates than himself. He also writes more about his foundation to make hockey for children better and even some thoughts on today’s professional game. The best writing in this part of the book for me was when he talked about his departure from Boston to the Chicago Blackhawks, a move he was making because he felt that the Bruins did not want him any longer since his knees were giving him much pain. This is also addressed in his chapter on Eagleson. While he played so few games in Chicago, even there he shows his humility by wanting to do something for the franchise instead of just collecting a paycheck for not playing with his balky knees. This book is an easy read, one that will be completed fairly quickly and will be enjoyed by any hockey fan of any level. This is mainly because even if a fan is too young to have seen Orr play, he or she knows about the legendary defenseman and his story is one that should be shared with all fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book I read was “Orr my story” written by the hockey hall of famer Bobby Orr. Bobby orr is debatable one of the best defenceman to ever play the game of hockey. His speed and skating ability made him a threat anytime while he was on the ice. “Orr my story” can be summarized as Bobby Orr”s road to the NHL, going from a nobody from Parry Sound, Ontario to one of the biggest names to ever play the game. He talks about the days where he was a kid playing pond hockey, to moving away from home to play for the Oshawa generals, and eventually to his retirement. Bobby Orr talks about the many challenges he had as a kid as well as an adult such as moving away at 14 but as well when he got older; financial problems due to a bad agent. He gives credit where credit is due most and mentions his mentors in his life or the people that helped shape who he is. I enjoyed this book immensely, not only was the book talking about hockey but Bobby Orr was talking about life lessons throughout the book as well. He always talked about work ethic, responsibility, and passion. With these tools, no matter what you do whether business or a sport he says you will succeed. Another reason I enjoyed the book is because I am a hockey player, and I can relate to this book in every aspect. How he moved away from home, playing pond hockey,saving up all your money for equipment, etc. The intended audience is hockey fans or hockey player's since they can relate more to the book, however I also believe the intended audience is any athlete in general. Anyone who has played a sport can relate to this maybe not the same sport or same situation but loving a sport with all your heart and having some of your best memories being from a sport.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bobby Orr happened into the room of the dying (cancer) son of a friend of mine. On subsequent visits, he brought the boy memorabilia items that are of legend. I'm so happy to have discovered this book! Buying it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A decent read. Enjoy reading about personal experiences
MagnusVegas More than 1 year ago
A great book. I wish more of today's athletes would take this hockey legends approach to his sport and his fans. Young players of any sport can learn a lot from this book. Older dans like myself can sit back, read, and enjoy the memories.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ingore the bi<_>tches that put you down. I hope everything works out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! It is better than mine at sws all res.
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Age 14<p>"So I take it your leaving?"<br>I glanced up from my packing. "Of course, I need to."<br>"I can protect you!"<br>"No Jo, you cant. I shouldnt have stayed anyway." I said zipping my small backpack up. This simple action made the pain flare in my shoulder. Jo hopped off his make shift bed.<br>"I promise. I will do anything to protect you." He said puting his hands in mine. His blue eyes gazed into mine, his hair still messy from waking up. I had tried to leave in the middel of the night so this wouldnt be so hard on him. But I had forgotten how much of a light sleeper he is.<br>"I dont need protecting!" I said feeling a chill come over my body. Oh no this wasnt good. I steeped back trying to pull away from him but he just held my hands toghter. "Jonas! Stop get away from me." I said using his full name.<br>"Stay with me," he was saying as I fought against the chill, "The other guys wont bother you. I can keep you safe Zia. Stay with me please." I finally borke free of his grasp but the chill was buliding inside me. "I care about you." Was the last thing I heard him say before the cold inside me brust.<br>The temperature in the room suddenly plunged to negitive something or other. Clouds of snow and shards of ice brust out from around me and I dropped to the floor. Jo was was blown away, knocking over his bed and landing on the other side. The room was bathed in a blue glow as ice covered everything. The snow setteled into little pieles here and there.<br>Once the energy of the attack left me I stood up and stumbled over to him. His blue eyes were glazed over looking at nothing and his black messed up spikes were tinged blue with frost. His skin was tinged blue and as cold as ice. His blue lips were frozen in a half smile the way the had been a half second before my curse struck.<br>His heart had stoped beating almost instantly. I shakily rose to my feet again. "Seven claimed." I whispered in the dead silence. My curse had taken the lives of seven of my friends and nine other innocents. I turned and left the room.<p>Age 15<p>I held my breath poised to strike. Three kids walked below the tree I was in. From the tingle in the back of my neck I knew they were like me.<br>Two were holding swords, one a spear advancing on to a snake like certure. It was too large to be a snake so I knew it must be a monster.<br>Without warning they attacked. The weapons tore into it and the spearman managged to hit an eye. I walked along the branch and jummped to another for a better angle. The big snake swatted a girl with its tail. She flew into a tree and passed out. With its tail it grabbed one of the boys and began squezing. The last boy, the one with the spear, tried a jab for the eye again. The big snake hissed and spat something at him.<br>Things were going badly and before I knew it I was running along a branch and leaping into the air. I flew at the snake thing my sword still in my hand and came down just behind its eyes. I quickly stabbed in between the eyes. And with one last hiss the monster dissintergrated. Spearboy looked at me waiting for his brain to catch up.<br>"Youre a demigod arent you?" I nodded wipeing monster dust off me. Swordguy ran over to the girl pulling some squished browine looking thing out of his pocket and fed it to her. "What camp are you from?" Spearboy asked.<br>"Camp?"<br>"Oh your not from one. I can tell you how to get to ours." He told me about it. It sounded good but not for me with my curse still out to kill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a great book! I remember watching him sail through the air like superman when he scored that winning goal 44 years ago! Wow where did the time go?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago