Bobby Orr is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. A defenceman, Orr is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr played most of his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Boston Bruins before joining the Chicago Black Hawks for his final two seasons. Orr won two Stanley Cup championships with the Bruins when Boston defeated the St. Louis Blues in the 1970 Stanley Cup Final in four games and the New York Rangers in the 1972 Stanley Cup Final in six games, scoring the clinching goals in both series, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP both years. Orr also led Boston to the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals where they were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.
Winning a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenceman, Orr is often credited for revolutionizing his position. Orr remains the only defenceman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies and holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenceman. Orr also won three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player, helping Boston to three regular season first-place finishes. In his final achievement before knee injuries ended his career prematurely, he was MVP of the 1976 Canada Cup.
When Orr turned professional in 1966, his first contract made him the highest paid player in NHL history as a rookie. The contract was one of the first in the sport of professional ice hockey to be brokered by an agent. However, after his retirement, Orr found that he was deeply in debt and he had to sell off almost everything he owned to pay his debts. Orr broke with his agent Alan Eagleson and rebuilt his finances through personal endorsements and public relations work. In 1996, Orr became a player agent. Today, Orr is president of the Orr Hockey Group player agency and is no longer a certified agent. As of 2009, his firm represents over 30 active NHL players. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Learn More]