Bobby Orr

… “’Number 4, Bobby Orr, ’ as he was known … reigns as one of the most admired athletes in North America both for his transformative hockey career and personal grace.”

[Bob Holer, Boston Globe – Sept 29, 2013]

Bobby Orr played 12 seasons in the NHL (1966-1978) and is today widely recognized as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. His #4 jersey was retired by the Boston Bruins in 1979. Following his legendary NHL playing career and his work as a player agent, Bobby Orr and partners Rick Curran and Paul Krepelka formed The Orr Hockey Group in 2002.

Orr’s hockey statistics and awards are without match in the history of the NHL. A full 35 years following his retirement as a player in 1978, he still holds a number of the League’s most coveted records: Most points in one NHL season by a defenceman (139); most assists in one season by a defenceman (102); highest plus/minus in one season (+124); and he is tied for most assists in one game by a defenceman (6). He is the only player in NHL history to win four major awards in one season – the Hart, Norris, Art Ross, and Conn Smythe trophies in 1970; and the only player to win the Norris and Art Ross trophies in the same season more than once.

Bobby 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. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, the year following his retirement after the Hall agreed, for the first time, to waive the mandatory three-year waiting period.

But Orr is much more than his playing career and the remarkable statistics associated with it. He is widely recognized for his charitable and philanthropic work in the Boston area where he lives and a number of organizations connected to the sport of hockey. He has been the spokesman for the Chevrolet Safe & Fun hockey program, a joint General Motors of Canada/Hockey Canada initiative, since the program’s inception.

He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2010, Orr was selected as one of eight bearers of the Olympic flag at the  Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Games and, in 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He and his wife Peggy reside in Sandwich MA. They have two sons, Darren and Brent; and two grandchildren, Alexis and Robert.

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