Yet another amazing addition to our Signature Series Collection features an autographed Bobby Orr OHL Jersey from his time with the Oshawa Generals!
The greatest player ever to wear an Oshawa Generals uniform, Bobby Orr went on to become a legend in the NHL and to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Bobby Orr was discovered by Wren Blair as a 14 year old while playing a game in Gananoque, Ontario. He was quickly signed to a contract and invited to training camp for the 1962–1963 season. He would commute three hours from Parry Sound for all weekend games he played with the Generals that year. Even so, he was selected to the Metro Junior A League’s second all-star team.
During the 1963–64 season (his first full season in Junior A hockey), Bobby Orr scored 29 goals to break the record for most goals by a defenceman, previously held by Jacques Laperrière. Orr was also selected as a first team all-star defenceman.
During the 1964–1965 season, the Oshawa Generals moved into their new home at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. Bobby Orr broke his own record, scoring 34 goals this season.
The 1965–1966 season would see Oshawa’s return to the Memorial Cup after a 22 years. The Generals were coached that year by former alumnus, Armand “Bep” Guidolin, who played for Oshawa in the 1942 Memorial Cup, and subsequently made the Boston Bruins of the NHL as a 16 year old. Team captain, Bobby Orr scored 38 goals during the season.
The Generals would defeat their bitter rivals, the St. Catharines Black Hawks, in quarter-finals, before eliminating the Montreal Junior Canadiens in semi-finals, and winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHA CHAMPIONS versus the Kitchener Rangers.
The Generals then outscored the Northern Ontario Junior A champion North Bay Trappers by a combined score of 43-9 to win the series in 4 games, and then defeated Shawinigan Bruins in 3 games to be the Eastern Canadian representative for the Memorial Cup.
In the Memorial Cup series Orr played injured through most games, but the team played hard only to lose to Edmonton Oil Kings in 6 games. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Learn More]