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Bobby Orr

  • Canadian athlete
  • Born March 20, 1948

Robert Gordon Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time. Orr used his ice skating speed, scoring, and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position of defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 12 seasons, starting with 10 with the Boston Bruins followed by two with the Chicago Black Hawks. Orr remains the only defenceman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies.


Developing better people should be the number one goal for any coach when dealing with kids. In trying to develop better people, we are going to develop more and better pros.




I've been a very lucky guy. I played on championship teams. I played for Canada. I've won some awards and I'm very proud of those accomplishments. But I don't think there's anything greater than to come home and to be recognized at home. This is the pinnacle.




Growing up in Canada, most kids from Canada dream of playing in the NHL, and they also hope one day to be on a Stanley Cup team. That was a big goal.




Forget about style; worry about results.




Minor sports in the community is fun and recreation for everyone, not just the elite. I think back to my days in minor hockey and those are my fondest memories, having fun.




The fat lady hasn't sung yet. We'll wait until we get a look at what is in the motion passed on third reading.




There are no environments where you're only going to win, because life just isn't like that.




If you're going to help somebody, sneak in, sneak out, do what you can. I just sneak along and do my thing and meet wonderful people, some people I've never met, new friends.




We're professional athletes. People know who we are, and if there's some way we can help with a friend or someone in need, that's a responsibility we have. I really strongly believe that.




We're going to have more kids playing, and we're going to have a better chance of finding those players Minor sports in a community is for fun and recreation. For everyone.




I never looked at hockey as work. Now that I'd finished playing, I had to go to work.




I was the happiest guy in the world when I was on the ice. You're being paid to play a game! That's pretty special.




You hear all the time about European players playing the game. These players that come over at 17, 18 and 19, they just don't all of a sudden become skilled. From the time they were little fellas, they learned the fundamentals of the game. Let them create.




So many of today's programs are about trophies and jackets, and we think that's a big mistake.




When you're young, you don't realize the sacrifices that people are making for you.




Growing up, if I hadn't had sports, I don't know where I'd be. God only knows what street corners I'd have been standing on and God only knows what I'd have been doing, but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble.




I was an offensive defenseman. I was up the ice as much as I was back.




The biggest thing we get out of it is seeing the kids smile. And hopefully we will also see that the lessons we're teaching - not only the fundamentals of hockey, but also the life values - are sinking in.




Hockey is a tough game.




If you talk to most athletes, the place you're most comfortable is your playing field. I'm not so comfortable at a podium or talking about events.




Staying out of the penalty box will really help.




My Dad was my biggest supporter. He never put pressure on me.




The kids wait for it to be organized. They want to go play all of these tournaments, for a little practice time. I learned my skills by dropping the puck just with the kids. I think that's missing today.




Sidney Crosby, our greatest player, I don't want to see Sidney Crosby in the penalty box. I don't want to see Sidney Crosby hurt. I want to see Sidney Crosby play.




I didn't want to do a book just to do a book. I wanted to do a book that, if you should read it, you might take one thing from it. Until that was clear in my mind, I wasn't going to do one.




I don't spend a lot of time here in New York. I didn't realize there were so many Bruins fans in New York.




I couldn't wait to get on the ice. I couldn't wait to get to practice. As a kid, I couldn't wait to shoot pucks or play in parking lots, or play on the river or play on the bay.




I'm a terrible dancer! Oh, I'm an awful dancer!




The love and passion I had for the game was my key. I never had that taken out of me by my parents or a silly coach.




If a player is trying to intimidate a skilled player on your team, what do we want? We want our skilled players playing, so we shouldn't be doing that.




Everyone should have the same opportunity, and in many areas that's not the case because programs are built around the elite.




You hear peewee coaches teaching the 'trap'. What the heck are we doing teaching the 'trap'? Let the kids go, let them have fun; that's how you improve.



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