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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (Oct. 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670066971
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A reflection on the nostalgia of playing hockey on frozen ponds growing up in Parry Sound, Ontario, the physical and emotional pain of knee injuries that cut his career short, and the off-ice struggles that the legendary Boston Bruins defenceman hasn’t talked much about … A how-to book by a grandparent about how parents, coaches, and children should approach the sport.” - The Canadian Press

“A must-read for anyone who fondly remembers the glory years of the Big Bad Bruins … Read Orr. It’s like reminiscing with an old friend.” - The Sun Chronicle

About the Author

Bobby Orr, born in Parry Sound, Ontario, in 1948, played for the Boston Bruins from 1966 through 1976, and helped lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup championship in 1970 and 1972, and to the finals in 1974. He also played two years for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players – maybe the greatest hockey player – of all time. His speed and scoring and playmaking abilities revolutionized the position of defenseman. As of this date, he remains the only defenseman to have won the Art Ross Trophy league scoring title – twice – and still holds the record for most points and assists at that position. Orr won a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenseman and three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league’s MVP, as well as two Conn Smythe Trophies as the Stanley Cup MVP. He is the only player in history to have won the Ross, Norris, Hart, and Conn Smythe Trophies in a single season. He was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame at the age of 31 – the youngest living player to receive that honor.

After his retirement in 1978, Orr was active with business and charitable works, and in 1996, Orr entered the player agent business, and today is president of the Orr Hockey Group agency. He has been invested with the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in 2010 was one of eight athletes who bore the Olympic flag out during the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is in Parry Sound, Ontario.

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Let me start by emphasizing that Bobby Orr is my favourite athlete of all time. As other reviewers have noted, he is class personified. I have never heard anyone legitimately say anything bad about him. Orr handles his ongoing fame with exceptional grace. He is modest about his many accomplishments to a fault. In fact he is too modest. That's why I only give this book three stars. I was hoping Bobby would discuss in details each of his seasons in the NHL, but this book barely skims through his fabulous career. There's is no deep examination of Bobby's 1969-70 season--one of the great campaigns ever recorded in the NHL. There's no mention of the season when his plus/minus was a staggering +124. He conveniently neglects to discuss his two scoring titles, his eight Norris Trophies, his two Conn Smythe Trophies, his three NHL MVP awards, and his Canada Cup MVP. Instead, in typical Bobby Orr fashion, he spends most of his book praising his parents, his coaches, his teammates, the fans...anyone but himself. Because of this I found his autobiography disappointing. Stephen Brunt's book, Searching For Bobby Orr, is a better and more thorough examination of the great number four.
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This book is not going to garner for Mr. Orr an award for outstanding literature because an professional author is not what he is. Instead, Bobby is a former hockey player, a jock telling his life story and he does an outstanding job with simple language in a well considered, properly laid out manner. Though not an academic, Bobby's intelligence and street smarts, learned through decades of life experience, to say nothing of a loving family, come through crystal clear. It must be an onerous task to write an autobiography while having little inclination to toot one's horn or appear to be boastful in any way but Orr manages it admirably. What he demostrates convincingly is his class, dignity and humility, which was my personal impression upon meeting him a couple of times. Other than a brief chapter relating to Alan Eagleson, the disraced former head of the player's union who went to prison for embezzling his clients, including Orr, that really had to be told, there's little or not dirt, slagging of the people he met during his life. He tells readers about not bothering to look for 'juicy', hurtful gossip there and good for him. It is not, in other words 'Son of Ball Four.' I would highly recommend this one to friends. Congratulations on a fine effort, Mr. Orr; be quite proud of what you have written.

I've read many biographies pertaining to athletes and cannot bear the ones that merely regurgitate the season-by-season retelling of information that can mostly be gleaned from reference books for of statistics. This is not one of those.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2014
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While I am not a great fan of professional hockey, I did grow up in Bobby Orr's era and was fully aware of the tremendous impact he had on the sport as it modernized in the 1970s. Reading this well-written autobiography brings it all back for me in a flash: Orr was one of those small-town, down-home talented boys who naively rode his dream to the top only to learn that it was all a sorry illusion. Lots of those around during this time who, when they hung up their skates for good, had to go out and remake their lives all over again, some more successfully than others. Thankfully, Orr, a brilliant player, was able to recover from debilitating health issues, bad financial advice, and poor personal choices to become a true role model for young people entering the sport today. This story is not so much about the game on the ice as the bigger game away from the arena. The reader gets to see what truly brought Orr, that undersized defenceman from the Ontario Hockey League, to the peak of his game as a star for the Boston Bruins only to have it crash on him in retirement and force him to go out to remake his life. This book is loaded with incredible anecdotes about how he learned to play the game, friendships he made along the way, and lessons learned in the rough and tumble of the sport. The sections dealing with his ties with his father, various coaches, Don Cherry and Alan Eagleson are especially poignant in what they say about what makes or does not make for a quality relationship. Life for Orr comes down to working hard at what you are good at and treating others decently. In this narrative, reliving the moment definitely takes second place to something much bigger: the importance of emphasizing values like loyalty, effort, compassion and honesty as the means to becoming a better person.
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I thought this was somewhat of a disappointing book. Having grown up in the era after Bobby Orr, I came to love hockey while watching the likes of Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, Wendel Clark, etc. During the telecasts of games in those eras, I'd often hear Bobby Orr's name mentioned, especially from Don Cherry, during the Hockey Night in Canada telecasts. Curious as to why so many people considered Orr to be the greatest player of all time, I delved into researching him and found his achievements quite astounding. When this book came out, I decided to give it a go in hopes of finding out more about the life of Mr. Orr. The first part of the books reads more like a Wikipedia synopsis than a in-depth reflection. There is precious little mention of influential childhood friends, experiences, and adults in the book nor reflections upon what they meant to him. The same thing applies to his seasons in the NHL. A simple summary is all that is given to some of his most remarkable achievements. There is no reflection about his most famous goal in the 1970 playoffs, nor his astounding achievement of 102 assists in a season. Nor is there any reflection of what the game looked like from the eyes of one of the greatest players when he was rushing down the ice. There aren't even any stories about his teammates or reflections. His greatest disappointment, not being able to participate in the 1972 Summit Series, is virtually ignored as well. The book does begin to take a bit of a twist when you reach the chapters regarding Allan Eagleson and Orr's views on today's modern version of hockey. The prose becomes somewhat enchanting through this section of the book as Orr finally reveals some personal insight. Overall, the books is decent but leaves a lot to be desired.
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