Bobby Orr

Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time Website

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    Wed Nov 30 2011

    Okay, I'm old. Okay, I used to live near Boston in the "Orr Era". But, Hey !!!!! A better hockey player (on this planet) than ORR !!! If you think that there ever was such a person, please re-think your position on that. Look up on the net at 'Bobby Orr catch me if you can'. I like the part where he jukes the pants off of 4 defenders in maybe 3 seconds time. On bad knees he skated unbelievable. He called himself 'an offensive defender'. Really, he played both positions fairly close to simultaniously. How would you like your team to have 3 defensemen for quite a few necessary seconds then a short while later have 3 forwards and a center for a few seconds, and the extra man is virtually always Orr, one of the best skaters, defenders, passers and scorers of all time. And for a little extra he could play reeeeal physical. He knocked several players (including some noted goons) back on their spinal columns with their butts bypassing the ice until it's second descent. I ... Read more

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    Tue Nov 29 2011

    If you saw him live then you know he was the best .It is that simple.

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    Thu Aug 14 2008

    I still haven't seen anyone even close.

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    Fri May 09 2008

    Redefined the game as far as the role of defensemen. At his peak he was the most exciting player in the game and was a threat to score every time he touched the puck. I have a favourite memory of him playing that goes like this: In a tussle at centre ice, Orr loses one of his gloves, which remains palm up, just to the side of the face off circle. Play continues and Orr follows the play, leaving the glove behind. Gathering the puck deep in his own end, he begins one of the majestic rushes that he made famous. As he crosses centre, he leans down and slips his hand into the glove and continues the rush without breaking stride. The ideal conclusion to the story would be him scoring at the end of the rush, but the opposing goalie made a huge save and denied him.

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    Fri May 09 2008

    I never saw him play, but growing up in Boston, he was something like a combination of Sir Galahad , Superman, and the Norse god Baldur- I mean, unlike other Boston sports icons like Bird or Williams, you NEVER heard anyone say anything bad about Orr. The greatest Bruin in terms of looking at the prime of his career, the best player on their great early 70's team with Phil Espositio, Bucyk, etc... and a revolutionary and exciting defenseman, probably the game's biggest star in the early 1970's.

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    Thu Jul 12 2007

    +/- was +1  A GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  one season he was +124 no one comes close the next 7 best +/- years don't beat Orrs 7.   HUGE 5 Orrs beat 5 Marios, or 5 Waynes ever day of the week!!!   5 Orrs would probably beat the next 5 best players in there own possitions.  Hit, fight, block shots, pass, score lead.  Did it all while hurt all the time.  Greatest ever.

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    Wed Mar 14 2007

    I was a 10 year old playing defense when Bobby Orr and the Bruins won their first cup.  We all wanted to be Bobby Orr.  An injury shortened 8 season career just wasn't enough, but I feel lucky to have been able to see it in my formative years.  I had a lifesize poster of him carrying the puck around the back of the net, the opposition net not his, you could see the back of the opposing goalie in the picture.  Great shot of the ultimate offensive defenceman.

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    Fri May 05 2006

    Revolutionized the game from the d-spot. A genius player.

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    Fri Apr 21 2006

    For all those that put Lemieux or Gretzky ahead of Orr don't know much about hockey if anything at all. Orr didn't play in a watered down 30 team league where there were any weak sisters like today. He had a +/- rating of 124, a record that stands today. He did all this on one knee. Orr will always be the Greatest, everyone else chasing second.

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    Sat Apr 01 2006

    Anyone that saw Orr play was amazed. This guy was the best defensive defensemen, the best offensive player, the best passer, the best skater, the best puck handler in the league. Can any of that be said about any other player of his time? To put it simply, no. He could have played forward and set all types of records. People talk about records and acheivments in other sports that will never be broken. I have one, no defensemen will EVER lead the NHL in scoring again. All of these things, and more, make Orr the greatest player in NHL history.

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    Thu Mar 16 2006

    Without a doubt Bobby Orr Was the greatest Defenceman of all time. He could do it all, score,pass,play D and throw a great hit. To me he was much more than Gretzki or Mario. Who else could score the winning goal and fly through the air like he did?

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    Tue Feb 07 2006

    with out ORR no-gretsKY!

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    Sat Jan 07 2006

    If any of you consider that just scoring goals and assists is all the game is about you are badly mistaken. The true measure of a hockey players ability is his plus/minus average. How many years did Gretzky have plus seasons, or Lemieux. Did any ever have a plus 124 and never have a minus season?!!! I don't argue the ability of Lemieux or Gretzky just that they were not the complete hockey player. Put five Orr's against five Gretzky's or Lemieux"s and the Orr's would win hands down!!!! He wouldn't even need a goalie because Orr would never let it out of the opposing end!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thu Dec 22 2005

    Next to Gretzky, the greatest hockey player of all time. He redefined the defensemen position into an offensive force. In 1970, he had an obscene 102 assists. A few years later, he scored 46 goals in a season. Paul Coffey and Ray Bourque are modern-day equivalents. Orr's most famous image was him airborne as the winning goal was scored against St. Louis in the Stanley Cup. In truth, he was tripped. My only knock against Orr was that he was a Bruin. Being the Boston hater I am, I usually rooted for Brad Park (one of my all-time favorites) and the Rangers, and whooped in delight when my hometown Flyers dispatched Orr and the Brins in 1975.

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    Thu Dec 22 2005

    Many mooes ago, the Boston Bruins signed a thirteen year old kid from Parry Sound and annointed him as the future savior of a franchise that made the '62 Mets look like contenders. What they got was a player that made the hype look like a gross understatement. Bobby Orr was the best stick handler, the fastest skater, the deadliest penalty-killer, had the the second fastest recorded slapshot, (his 104 mph was second to Bobby Hull's reported speed of 111!) and was the greatest player of all time. He not only completely revolutionized the game with his double-ended play but he provided the best defense on the home front and was grossly over-qualified compared to anyone else on the offensive end. Not only was he the greatest and most dominant hockey player of all time, he was the greatest and most dominant player of any sport ever. There is no way to exaggerate the talents of this player. To penalize him for the fact that he had a relatively short career played in an era when medical advan... Read more

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    Fri Nov 11 2005

    You had to see him to believe.

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    Tue Nov 01 2005

    Anyone who would even consider disputing the FACT that Robert Gordon Orr was, and always will be, the greatest player the game has ever seen - doesn't know hockey. Period. End of story. There is no debate. It ends here. No one - not Gretzky, not Lemieux, not LaFleur or Richard was even close! Let's not forget that Orr did everything he did before he even entered into his prime, and had he not had his knee injuries, no one could ever debate that he was the greatest of all-time. He had no flaws - there was no part of the game in which he didn't excell, and had he been a forward, Gretzky et al would be chasing HIS records. Orr is the REAL "Great One".

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    Fri Oct 28 2005

    Not only the best hockey player of all time but without a doubt, one of the best athletes in any sport ... all finished by the age of 28! He was like Michael Jordan on ice. It was like watching a man playing amongst boys ... he was that much better than anyone else ... and a great ambassador for Canada and the sport of hockey. Classy guy too.

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    Mon Oct 24 2005

    # 4, Bobby Orr! It startles you to see old clips and Bobby skating around without a helmet.

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    Mon Oct 24 2005

    Ahead of his time!

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    Mon Jul 25 2005

    Who that has ever played the game of hockey, can compare with Orr? If he was playing in this era he may put up 200+ points in a season. The best; no question.

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    Wed Jul 20 2005

    You have Orr, then you have the rest of the leauge. Orr is in a class all by himself. The greatest hockey player ever. Period. The excitement of watching his explosive speed on the end to end rushes is breathtaking. The greatest combination of speed, skating agility, talent and strength. I believe he was the ultimate in what a player can be.He may be matched someday(though I doudt it) and will never be surpassed (at least in my lifetime).When there is talk of a new kid coming up, I ask myself, could this be the next Orr? Not Gretzky,Howe or Coffey.

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    Fri Jul 08 2005

    no doubt he was the best i ever saw.

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    Sat Sep 18 2004

    How can anyone gives this God anything but a 5. Not only a great hockey player, but also a team player and a class act.

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    Wed Aug 11 2004

    best single season and career +/-

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    Sun Jun 27 2004

    It's a shame injuries cut his career short; clearly #2 behind Mario.

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    Thu Jun 03 2004

    No doubt, the best I ever saw. Let me also say that I'm a big fan of both Gretzky and Lemieux having seen them in their prime. Having seen all of them, Orr was a better all around player. I saw one reviewer claims Gretzky was a better skater...pull that review! Moron! Gretzky was a good skater...for a forward. Lemieux was/is a better offensive player than Wayne but with a weaker supporting cast. Put Mario and Wayne on defense and they would not win a scoring title, much less two. Let me say that again...a defenseman won the scoring title...twice! And finally, Orr was a great fighter. Ever seen Gretzky or Lemieux fight? They required, protection. Without knee problems, Bruins/Orr would have won as many titles as the Oilers. In his last real competition, Orr helped his team win the 1976 Canada Cup. He didn't practice because of his knees and still won MVP of the tournament. Best player of the modern era...sad that he was basically done at age 27-28.

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    Sun May 09 2004

    He changed the game; second only to Mario

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    Fri Apr 02 2004

    best player EVER!!!!!!

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    Sat Mar 27 2004

    Perhaps the second best player ever and obviously the greatest defenseman ever. Much like Mario, it's a shame Orr's health failed him. He changed the game, which is about the greatest compliment you can pay an athlete. I think Mario was more talented, so I give him the edge over Orr. Very close, though. Gretzky ranks third.

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    Sun Nov 02 2003

    Simpley did what none has done before.Played both ends of the ice ,defensively in his own end (& so well at this that he was always awarded the James Norris trophy as best defenceman,)& offensively leading his team in the attack on the opposition net&( so well that he was a constant threat to lead the league in scoring).(doing it twice)All of this was accomplished playing on a very bad knee (or knees)his whole career.Can anyone imagine if he had played healthy his whole career.As it is the records he set have provided a formidable challenge to later superstars.

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    Sat Aug 09 2003

    The question is, how would Orr compare today, if he were to prepare himself to play against the players of today, with the inherent skills that he had back then. Go buy the video called The Best of Bobby Orr. I believe you will see that Orr had natural abilities that were so great that he would be the best player on the ice, even if playing against Mario and Wayne. He could shoot with accuracy and power from the forehand and the backhand, was the fastest player on the ice at any time, was fearless, had tremendous vision, and was a very, very smart player. Also, the Stanley Cups that Orr won he won almost singlehandedly. IMHO, he is the best ever.

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    Tue Jul 22 2003

    bobby orr great hockey player unfotunately cant be regarded as the best all time on speculation of what he would have done if he weren't injured, but what we did see was pretty spectacular..yzerman played with shot up legs

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    Thu Jun 26 2003

    Bad Knee Orr DIDNT Carry Bruins. Esposito Did!!

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    Tue Jun 24 2003

    The greatest player ever to play the game...such poise and control..such committment. a true legend among legends...

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    Mon Jun 16 2003

    The best Hockey Player there ever was!! There will never be another player like him! He is my hero!!!

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    Tue Jun 03 2003

    the greatest hockey player who ever lived. don't give me stats and stuff...just watch. wayne is excellent, mario, gordie, maurice, mark and the list goes on and on. bobby orr was the greatest and he didn't even hit his prime years.

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    Mon Jun 02 2003

    Bobby Orr was without a doubt one of the true greats of the NHL. Interesting that Bruins themselves only managed to win 2 Stanley Cups during the Orr years this despite being the supposed Big Bad Bruins. Neither did they manage to get two in a row this is something that we must take into account when we talk about Orr. And his ability clearly guys like Gretzkey had the ability to take their teams beyond the limits that Orr could. The Big Bad Bruins should have easily won three or more cups during their time at the top. This is not to knock the individual skills of Orr but to say that he really didn't have the ultimate will to win.

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    Fri May 30 2003

    Nice to see him on top. Certainly the greatest in modern times. No one dominated the game so completely like he did.

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    Sun May 25 2003

    Anyone who seriously debates whether Lemieux or Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time has never seen Bobby Orr live. While both Mario and Wayne in their primes could flat out take control of a game, I once saw Orr single-handedly kill off a full two-minute penalty (50 seconds of which was played 5-on-3) by keeping possession of the puck and skating all over the ice. (Admittedly, this was against my Penguins, who were absolutely putrid at the time, but still.) Orr put up unearthly scoring numbers in an era when scoring 20 goals in a season was the mark of a good NHL-caliber scorer, and he had to share the score sheet with Phil Esposito and a bunch of other teammates. Orr was constantly able to get to loose pucks, get open for passes, weave his way through defenses, and get himself into scoring position, all without the benefit of the league putting the "untouchable--do not check" label on they did with Gretzky. AND he could muck it up in the corners or mix it... Read more

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    Mon May 05 2003

    Simply the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of skates gentlemen. If you don't agree; you are WRONG!

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    Mon Apr 14 2003

    Bobby Orr ... What can anyone say in opposition towards him, who knows hockey? Orr could play forward and defense like the American fighting forces taking over Iraq. If someone were to say, a goal tender scored a hat trick in a game ... this would be too much to believe. Orr... a defense man, had won the scoring race in his premier year with the Bruins. Orr could play anywhere on the ice. Could you imagine Gretzky playing defense? Orr could play forward or back on defense. Orr's records for points by a defense men have been broken by players, who have played for years to catch him. Had he been in better health, a player playing 20 years would never come close. That my friends IS the FACTS ... bar none!!!

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    Wed Apr 09 2003

    I grew up in hockey-mad Boston during the 60s & 70s. Little did I know that Bobby Orr would set the standard, even to this day. Gretzky was great but Bobby Orr has/had no equals. Can you imagine the record books if his knees only held out? Untouchable!

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    Wed Apr 09 2003

    Revolutionized the game by playing both ends of the ice. In his own end defensively & then leading the attack for his own team offensively. Orr blocked so many shots for his team that the goalie felt that he should give him half of his pay.On the attack, Orr was so dangerous that he won the scoring title twice(Art Ross Trophy) after winning the Norris trophy as the best defenceman.For a defenceman to do that has been said to be equivalent to a major league baseball pitcher winning 30 games and winning the batting championship.Yes, Orr could do it all --better than anybody else ever. Oh, bye the way --Orr won more trophies & awards in 10 years than Gretzky did in a 20 year career.

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    Mon Mar 03 2003

    The best ever.... without a doubt. He revolutionized the game and was by far, the best player I've seen. Gretzky or Lemieux can't compare!

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    Sun Feb 23 2003

    Was not as great a skater as Gretzky (only Mario compares), was not as fierce as Richard (among the all-time greats only Howe can be mentioned), and points wise, again, nobody is going to come close to Wayne. What makes Bobby Orr, in my opinion, the best ever was the fact that he excelled in all of it. He was complete. Tougher and more physical than Gretzky, a better skater that Richard, and racked up 915 points along with 953 pim. First all start defenseman and Norris Trophy winner 8 times, won almost every other award (obviously not the Vezina, and who wants their defenseman to win the Lady Bing?). Absolutely no disrespect to Gretzky, Howe, Richard and the other greats, but Bobby Orr was and, until someone better comes along, will be my standard as the most complete hockey player ever.

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    Mon Dec 23 2002

    An awesome player who revolutionized his position

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    Fri Dec 13 2002

    Bobby Orr, definetly the best player ever to put on a pair of skates. Gretzky never had a chance.