Bobby Orr is a well known and respected National Hockey League (NHL) hockey player. He was always recognized as one of professional ice hockey’s greatest players.
About Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr was born in Parry Sound, Ontario, on March 20, 1948. When Bobby was born, he was a very sick baby, and they were uncertain of his survival. Bobby played in his first organized hockey league at the age of 5 in 1953. While Bobby was playing in a hockey tournament in Gananoque, Ontario, in 1961, he was noticed by the Boston Bruins.
Beginning in the NHL
In 1962, Bobby Orr was signed with the Boston Bruins. Due to Bobby’s age, Bobby began playing for the Oshawa Generals. When Bobby became of age, he turned down the first signing offer and salary. Later he was offered a much higher amount and signed. At that time, he became the highest-paid hockey player in league history. This made history and began the professional hockey era of player’s agents. Bobby started his NHL career in the 1966-67 season. Bobby’s first game was against the Detroit Red Wings on October 19, 1966. He scored his first NHL goal on October 22, 1966, while playing against the Montreal Canadians. Bobby played for the Boston Bruins in the NHL until 1975.
Chicago Black Hawks
Bobby Orr signed with the Chicago Black Hawks in May 1976, in a secret meeting. He signed for five years at 3 million dollars. Due to Bobby’s knee injuries, he was only able to play 26 games during the first 3 of the five seasons. Bobby played in the 1978-79 season but could only play six games. It was at this time he informed the Chicago Black Hawks he couldn’t play hockey any longer and was retiring. In 1979, Bobby was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when he was 31 years old.