Since 2002

Orr Hockey began as Bobby Orr’s vision for a player first support organization to assist in the development and fulfillment of player careers. Quietly, Orr Hockey is respected in the industry as the gold standard of player representation.

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…

RICK CURRAN

Active in the representation of players since 1978, Rick Curran brings over 40 years of experience to the Orr Hockey Group. During that time, he has negotiated several of the industry’s precedent setting contracts.

Many of the players Curran has represented are now key decision makers in the game today. The familiarity and trust of those strong relationships provide an important level of communication on behalf of Orr Hockey clients.

Rick’s initial association with Bobby Orr began in 1969 as a staff member of the Orr Walton Sports Camp. Many of the people he met and the relationships that were forged during those ten summers had a profound impact on his life in hockey.

Following a successful college hockey career at Merrimack College, he was appointed International Hockey Coordinator for Hockey Canada. Rick served as Business Manager for Team Canada for two world championships (1977-Vienna and 1978-Prague) and for the Team Canada Juniors (1978-Montreal).

Partnered with Bill Watters, Curran then helped build Branada Sports Management into one of the business’s premier hockey agencies. Having purchased the company and renaming it Representation Incorporated, he eventually relocated its offices to Philadelphia PA in 1991…

Mike Curran

Michael Curran joined The Orr Hockey Group in 2007 and has been a NHLPA Certified Agent since 2006. Michael plays an instrumental role in Orr Hockey’s U.S. based player recruitment and management with particular focus in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. In addition to his capacity as family advisor for NCAA college bound student athletes, he also negotiates contracts for OHL players and assists in the negotiation of NHL contracts. Finally, Michael is also active in securing and negotiating marketing and sponsorship opportunities for Orr Hockey Group clients.

Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. Prior to law school, he was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island where he played four years of ACHA D-1 hockey winning a national championship and being named an All-American in 2006.
Mike resides in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife Jessica and their three children, Sofia, Sienna and Michael Jr.

DARREN ORR

Darren Orr has been part of the Orr Hockey Group team since 2005 and is a NHLPA certified agent. Based in the Boston area, Darren’s primary responsibilities include player recruitment, player service and contract negotiations.

Darren attended Duke University graduating in the spring of 1996 with a BA degree and Marketing & Management certificate. Following graduation, Darren worked for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League. In this role, he was responsible for developing the marketing programs and spearheading the franchises public relations and publicity initiatives. He was also responsible for maintaining the brand’s integrity and integrated consistent promotional strategies with the franchise’s associated retail store. Following his tenure in Lowell, Darren’s continued his marketing career working directly with the president of Direct Results Group of Boston.

Darren currently resides in Cohasset, Massachusetts with his wife Chelsea and their two children, Alexis and Braxton.

DAN MARSHALL

Dan Marshall joined the Orr Hockey Group in November, 2012 and is responsible for overseeing the recruitment, development and servicing of Orr Hockey clients in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, which includes among others, the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas.

Since 1989, Dan has developed elite junior, college, and professional athletes and has worked at both the National Hockey League (NHL) and American Hockey League (AHL) levels. He served as the Director of Player Development for the New York Islanders and also as the Head Coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islander’s AHL affiliate (2001-07).

During this time, Dan worked closely with a young Zdeno Chara (now captain of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins and a former Norris Trophy winner). Dan has worked with many NHL players and has helped prepare and develop each individual player to succeed at the pro level. Prior to his working at the NHL and AHL levels, Dan founded Canadian Elite Hockey in 1992 which was responsible for developing numerous Junior A and NCAA Elite athletes.

Having worked in amateur scouting in the OHL, USHL and NHL, Dan has developed a keen eye for elite prospects. His passion is in developing character athletes to become the best player/person they can be while helping them fulfill their dream of playing in the National Hockey League…

BOB THORNTON

Bob Thornton, son of former NHL agent Bob Thornton Sr., joined the Orr Hockey Group in November, 2012 and is responsible for the recruitment and development of OHG clients in the greater New York area. Along with joining Orr Hockey, Bob is currently the owner of Elite Hockey Development (hockey development company).

Bob grew up in the business and became a player and coach. Since 2004, Bob has worked with the New Jersey Rockets Junior program as the Director and Head coach of the Junior A and B teams. Prior, he was an assistant coach of the Roanoke Express (ECHL), and played in the USHL, OHL and ECHL throughout his ten year career as a hockey player.

Bob founded and formerly managed the USHL Combine and Player Development program.

Bob lives in Long Island, NY with his wife, Annie, and his two sons, Robert and Matthew.

William Kawam – Photo update in progress

William Kawam joined Orr Hockey Group in 2016. Based in the Chicago area and working closely with Mike Curran, Darren Orr, and Dan Marshall, William is responsible for scouting, recruiting, and advising Orr Hockey’s Midwest based clientele. Additionally, William is responsible for the analytical analysis of all Orr Hockey Group’s Clients.

Prior to joining Orr Hockey Group, William was an associate with the New York Rangers, working in their Hockey Operations Department. During that time, William worked directly with Glen Sather and Jim Schoenfeld, updating them on all NHL signings, transfers, and trades. Additionally, William performed analytical breakdowns on all Unrestricted Free Agents, as well as worked closely with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

William spent time in the BCHL, AJHL, and EJHL. Following his junior hockey career, William attended University of Louisville, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management.

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