Biography of Famous Hockey Player and Athlete Bobby Orr

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Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr quickly achieved superstar status in the National Hockey League. He was a "rookie of the year" in 1967-1968 and had 4 consecutive 100-or-more-point seasons from 1969-1970 to 1972-1973, a rare feat. In the 1970-1971 season, he assisted on 102 goals to set a record.

Born 160 mi. north of Toronto, in Parry Sound, where youngsters begin skating at a very young age, he learned how to handle a stick efficiently enough to play organized hockey as a Minor Squirt at the age of 6. He went through the age brackets of Peewees and Bantams and began attracting attention of NHL talent scouts when he was 12. He was signed by the Boston Bruins when he was 14 to play Junior A hockey.

Playing against boys 4 and 5 years older, he was an immediate success. At age 16, MacLean's magazine, a Canadian periodical, said of him: "He is a swift, powerful skater with instant acceleration, instinctive anticipation, a quick accurate shot, remarkable composure, and unrelenting ambition. . . ."

When he played his last year as a junior for the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey Association, ads in the local newspaper advised: "See Boston's $1 million Prospect, Bobby Orr!" When Orr joined Boston, manager Milton Schmidt said he would not trade him for $2 million. Leighton Emms, who managed Boston in Orr's rookie year, had earlier said he would not trade Orr even-up for the whole Toronto team.

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