Ice Hockey

Bobby Orr: Born, Wife, Family, Awards, Goal, Death

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Written by Jon Snow

Bio/Wiki

Full Name Robert Gordon Orr
Nickname (s) Bobby Orr
Profession (s) Professional Ice Hockey Player

Physical Stats and More

Height (approx.) in centimeters: 183 cm
in meters: 1.83 m
in feet inches: 6 ft
Weight (approx.) in kilogram: 89 kg
in pounds: 197 lbs.
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Athletic

Personal Information

Date Of Birth March 20, 1948
Day of Birth Saturday
Age 71 years
Zodiac Sign Aries
Place Of Birth Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity Northern Irish
Complexion Fair
Mother Tongue English
Sexual Orientation Straight
Signature

Family Information

Father Doug Orr
Mother Arva Steele
Son Darren

Brent

Wife Margaret Louise “Peggy” Wood (September 1973 – present
Daughters None

Education Qualifications

Education (High School) Canisius high school
Education(College) O’Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Career

Position Defencemen
First Game 10-19-1966 (Age 18)
Last Game 10-28-1978
Draft 10-19-1966

Sports Career

  • Ontario Hockey Association Jr. (1966)
  • Boston Bruins (1966 – 1976)
  • Chicago Blackhawks (1976 – 1980)
NHL debut 10-19-1966
Last NHL appearance 10-28-1978, against Detroit Red Wings
NHL statistics Defencemen

Games Played – 657

Goals – 270

Assists – 645

Points – 915

Penalty Minutes – 953

Power Play Goals – 76

Power Play Points – 324

Shorthanded Goals – 16

Shorthanded Points – 47

Game-Winning Goals – 26

Awards and Honours 1966 – 1967 Calder Memorial Trophy

1967 – 1968 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1968 – 1969 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1969 – 1970 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1969 – 1970 Art Ross Trophy

1969 – 1970 Hart Memorial Trophy

1969 – 1970 Conn Smythe Trophy

1969 – 1970 Stanley Cup

1970 – 1971 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1970 – 1971 Hart Memorial Trophy

1969 – 1970 Lou Marsh Trophy

1971 – 1972 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1971 – 1972 Hart Memorial Trophy

1971 – 1972 Stanley Cup

1972 – 1973 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1973 – 1974 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1974 – 1975 James Norris Memorial Trophy

1974 – 1975 Art Ross Trophy

1974 – 1975 Ted Lindsay Award

1978 – 1979 Lester Patrick Trophy

1979 – Inducted to Hockey Hall of Fame

Contact Information

Primary Contact Robert Orr

Great North Road America 11443 S.E. Plandome Drive Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Web Contact 772-545-9941 or 774-238-2386
Talent Agent Alan Eagleson

Social Networks, Weblinks

Facebook Profile Facebook Profile
Official Website Official Website

Money Factor

Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1966 $25000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1967 $30000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1968 $250000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1969 $250000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1970 $250000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1971 $200000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1972 $200000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1973 $200000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1974 $200000
Base salary with the Boston Bruins for the year 1975 $200000
Base salary with the Chicago BlackHawks for the year 1976 $600000
Base salary with the Chicago BlackHawks for the year 1977 $600000
Base salary with the Chicago BlackHawks for the year 1977-1980 $600000 Per Year
Total worth $35 Million
Bobby Orr Quotes Forget about style; worry about results.

My Dad was my biggest supporter. He never put pressure on me.

Staying out of the penalty box will really help.

There are no environments where you’re only going to win because life just isn’t like that.

The fat lady hasn’t sung yet. We’ll wait until we get a look at what is in the motion passed on third reading.

Lesser Known Facts about Bobby Orr

  • Bobby Orr was born in a small city of Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada in 1948
  • Bobby Orr didn’t have an athletic appearance, yet his ice-skating speed, play-making, and scoring abilities revolutionized the defenceman position in the history of hockey.
  • At the age of eight, Orr played the offense position which was later on moved to defense due to his ice skating and controlled play skills.
  • Orr was scouted at the young age of 12 to Oshawa Generals which is a junior hockey affiliate to Boston Bruins
  • During his stay with Oshawa Generals, Orr was an all-star for 3 of the 4 seasons
  • Boston Bruins mainly won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972 due to a major contribution from Orr as a crucial defenceman and precise winning goals.
  • Orr is the highest-paid rookie in the history of NHL till date
  • Orr had hockey in his blood since both his father and grandfather were former hockey athletes
  • Bobby was one among the 5 children namely, Patricia, Ronnie, Bobby, Penny and Doug Jr
  • Bucko McDonald, a former NHL player who coached Orr was the main reason for him to play defense
  • At the age of 5, Orr played his first organized hockey in the minor squint division
  • Orr was described as a combination of Doug Harvey and Eddie Shore, both had a huge impact in the NHL history
  • Robert Orr, his grandfather was a world-class soccer player who immigrated from Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Doug Orr was invited to join Atlantic City Seagulls in 1942, he had to turn down the offer since Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy to serve in the World War II
  • Orr’s wedding was secretly held in Parry Sound in September 1973
  • Orr has been completely loyal to all of his Bruins personnel and teammates
  • He took care of Derek Sanderson and his alcohol and drug-abuse problems by spending on Derek’s rehab when Derek was broke and homeless
  • Similar aid to John Forristall, a roommate during his initial years with Bruins for issues with alcoholism in 1994
  • Orr projected a clean image without any habit of drinking or smoking and even a tidy apartment to boast at that
  • Order of Canada is one of the prestigious civilian awards from the Canadian government has been bestowed upon Bobby Orr in 1979.

 

  • Two buildings in Parry Sound has been named after Bobby among which one of the houses his Order of Canada medal
  • The second building is the Bobby Orr community center which is a multipurpose entertainment facility
  • Canada Walk of Fame has been honored to Bobby Orr in 1995
  • Orr has been inducted to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Oshawa Generals retired the number 2 jersey that belongs Orr on November 27, 2008
  • Orr stated “I did a lot of growing up in Oshawa from ages 14 to 18 and I’ll be forever grateful for those people who helped me in that time of my life”
  • We know about the agent controversy and the financial distress due to the fraud from Eagleson, Orr had to sell everything he owned to clear the debts
  • He is the only person in the history of NFL to never cash a check for 3 years from any franchise/team – Chicago Black Hawks
  • Only defenceman to score 9 hat-tricks
  • First defenceman to cross the 30 and 40 goal mark in a season of 1969 – 1970 and 1974 – 1975 respectively
  • A record 100 assists in any season was first set by Bobby Orr in 1970 – 1971 season
  • The only defenceman to win Norris Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy, and Conn Smythe Trophy is a single season 1969 – 1970

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  • Despite constant injuries, Orr insisted on coming back which led to setting major records only in the 47 NHL games post his 27th birthday some of which still yet to be broken
  • Even after 4 decades, there is not a single soul to be awarded 4 trophies in the same season
  • A fellow teammate Phil Esposito stated “No matter how fast an opponent was, Bobby could skate faster than him if he needed to do it in the framework of a play. If he was caught up-ice and the other team had an odd-man rush, that’s when you saw his truly great speed. Very seldom did he not get back to have a hand in breaking up the play.”
  • Knowing that the left knee would be injured with a tug of war against the opposing defenceman, Bobby didn’t hesitate one bit to play his aggressive offense to get that puck inside the goal
  • His left knee looks like a road map of Boston according to the sportswriter Bob Mckenzie however, the right knee has never suffered an injury during any of his 657 games
  • In the 1974 Stanley Cup against Philadelphia Flyers, it was 17 against 1 scenario. Flyers would be using the cross formation as a mobile roadblock against their goal post in order to block the Orr’s path. Puck would be passed to Orr as often as possible since they know that the game is 17 against 1 and not a team effort when it comes to breaking the defense of the Flyers
  • Orr fought for always as per his coach Don Cherry. He attacked a Los Angeles Kings player just because he was laughing at Orr and his teammates
  • Orr replaced Brad Park to be Boston Bruins lead defenceman
  • With the miserable ending to his financial status and the BlackHawks denying pay, Orr was bankrupt and had to sell his assets. His agent Eagleson purchased the assets which paid off the bank debts.
  • Orr after retirement as a professional hockey player regained his financial status by forming Can-Am Enterprises with Tom Kelly and Paul Shanley as partners. This led to building clientele for endorsements which stabilized Orr’s financial condition
  • After various investigations and Orr’s stubbornness, Eagleson had to resign as a builder since he was convicted of money embezzlement and releasing trust funds without proper consent.
  • Orr was one of the 18 victims of agent Eagleson
  • Margaret was a speech therapist in Fort Lauderdale met Orr during a vacation. Margaret is from Trenton, Michigan
  • A charitable man, Orr used to visit hospitals with his family by bringing pennants, snacks, programs, pictures and Boston souvenirs which would be a joy to the sick and suffering children
  • Visiting hospitals unexpectedly and surprising children was one of the best things about Bobby Orr
  • Orr ensured that none of his charity works would be made news, however, there are many ways the information leaks and makes the local newspapers
  • Bobby Orr is the 4th in league history in career point per game average – all time which is 1.393 which is highest among defensemen with a minimum 500 career points taken into consideration.
  • Orr cared for his roommate Forristall so much that, Forristall being diagnosed with brain cancer was treated with financial aid from Orr. Forristall spent the last of his day for almost a year in Orr’s care until he died at the age of 51

Bobby Orr

  • Bobby Orr has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012
  • Despite his constant injuries to the left knee and surgeries, Bobby has stacked up numerous trophies and medals in his 15-year career. Out of those years, most of his defenceman revolutionizing records were made post his knee surgery which is quite an accomplishment
  • Orr being challenged by veterans in the team earned the respect of Ted Harris within the very first NHL season in 1966
  • In December 1968, Orr showed outstanding gameplay against Chicago with 2 assists for a 5 goal game. Orr reached 21 goals in this season which is the highest for any defenceman and 64 points also being the highest in the same position for this game
  • The Canada Cup named Orr as the MVP despite his severe knee injuries only due to his outstanding performance throughout the tournament
  • We know that Orr is not a soft fellow, he is well known for his mean streak on the field. However, he is a gentleman outside the field visiting hospitals with a surprise for all the suffering kids
  • Eagleson blamed Orr about the investment advice being ignored. However, the later allegations on Eagleson were proven and he was forced to resign as a builder from NHL. Orr was the 18th victim to Egleson and trust fund laundering scam
  • Orr has two grandchildren Alexis born in 2009 and Robert born on January 2011.
  • Orris an excellent fisher and a jigsaw puzzle maniac
  • His taste in clothing and attire is impeccable
  • A remarkable sportsman without any hint of the black mark in his career part from his mean streak, Bobby Orr still holds many defenceman records in NHL to date.

FAQ’s

Ques. How much is Bobby Orr worth?

Ans. Bobby Orr has an estimated net worth of $35 million dollars in 2019. He is reported to have earned $4,805,000 in his 12 seasons in NHL. Orr had an annual salary of $25,000 in 1966 which was his first season in the league.

Ques. How old is Bobby Orr?

Ans. 71 years (20 March 1948)Robert Gordon “Bobby” Orr (born March 20, 1948, in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman. Bobby Orr’s ice hockey skills were evident at a very early age. He was signed by the Boston Bruins at twelve. As a 14-year-old, he played junior hockey against eighteen, nineteen and twenty-year-olds.

Ques. How many NHL teams did Bobby Orr play for?

Ans. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 12 seasons, starting with 10 with the Boston Bruins followed by two with the Chicago Black Hawks. Orr remains the only defenceman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies.

Ques. How many scoring titles did Bobby Orr win?

Ans. Bobby Orr won a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenceman and three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player (MVP).

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