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Searching for Bobby Orr [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Brunt
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Oct. 30 2007
The book that hockey fans have been waiting for: the definitive, unauthorized account of the man many say was the greatest player the game has ever seen.

The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in sport. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know that the myth surrounding Canada’s great pastime originates in places like Bobby Orr’s Parry Sound. In the glory years of the Original Six – an era when the majority of NHLers were Canadian – hockey players seemed to emerge fully formed from our frozen rivers and backyard rinks, to have found the source of their genius somehow in the landscape. Like Mozart, they just appeared – Howie Morenz, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Orr – spun out of the elements, prodigies, geniuses, originals, to stoke the fantasy of a nation united around a puck.

Bobby Orr redefined the defensive style of hockey; there was nothing like it before him. He was the first to infuse the defenseman position with offensive juice, driving up the ice, setting up players and scoring some goals of his own. He was the first player to win three straight MVP awards, the first defenseman to score twenty or more goals in a season. His most famous goal won the Boston Bruins the Stanley Cup in 1970 – for the first time in twenty-nine years – against the St. Louis Blues in overtime. But history will also remember Bobby Orr as a key figure in the Alan Eagleson scandal, and as the unfortunate player forced into early retirement in 1978 because of his injuries. His is a story of dramatic highs and lows.

In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada’s foremost sportswriter gives us a compelling and graceful look at the life and times of Bobby Orr that is also a revealing portrait of a game and a country in transition.

So Bobby Orr could skate, he could stickhandle, he could fight when he had to. He could shoot without looking at the net, without tipping a goaltender as to what was coming. His slapshot came without a big windup, and was deadly accurate. Skating backwards, defending, he was all but unbeatable one on one. He could poke check the puck away, or muscle a forward into the boards. In front of his own net, stronger on his feet than his skinny frame would suggest, he wouldn’t be moved. But there was more…
–from Searching for Bobby Orr

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About the Author

Stephen Brunt, a columnist at the Globe and Mail, is Canada's premier sportswriter and commentator. His most recent book, the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr, was called "not only one of the best hockey books ever, but a book that transcends hockey" by the Edmonton Journal. He is also the author of Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In; The Way it Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports; Mean Business: The Rise and Fall of Shawn O'Sullivan; Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story and Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Orr himself - Incomplete Sept. 24 2007
I just finished this book and completly enjoyed it. Exposing both the arrogance of power of the Eagle, and the unsuspecting naive Orr. Although I enjoyed this book, I leave it feeling incomplete. I suppose only when Orr co-operates with a biography will we ever see the whole picture. We see him incomplete, just like his final games, how unfortunate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars But not found Jan. 6 2008
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
A somewhat odd book, almost a scrapbook put together from many old footnoted sources. SB acknowledges many and admits to several hours of video review. The end result is nothing really new apart from a constant message that the "real" Bobby Orr is a "blank slate", a mysterious and overly private person, whose public persona was and is carefully contrived. I recall Orr from those old HNIC interviews as one of the worst interviews/dumbest monosyllabic jocks around, in the 90s he somehow became an articulate GM and Mastercard shill. Brunt tries to look at the start of #4's career by putting it into context with the social and cultural changes in the 60s and 70s, but his linkages and arguments seem forced. I would argue he was one of many and others, such as Bobby Hull for one, had a greater impact with NHL players. I guess we'll find out more of Orr when he finally does write his own story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Direct and to the point .... and not sugar coated ! March 22 2014
By Neil
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very well written ... what I like best about it is ... the Author explains the detailed information in the book . If you really want to know about this famous hockey player this is a must read .... !
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