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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161759
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Praise for Bobby Orr

"I've seen all the greats since the 1920s, and I've never seen a player with the skills of Orr."--Clarence Campbell, former NHL president

"There's stars, superstars, and then there's Bobby Orr."--Serge Savard, Montreal Canadiens

"I never knew a single player who could lift a team as Orr could." --Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks

Praise for ORR: MY STORY

"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"

Praise for Bobby Orr

"I've seen all the greats since the 1920s, and I've never seen a player with the skills of Orr."--Clarence Campbell, former NHL president

"There's stars, superstars, and then there's Bobby Orr."--Serge Savard, Montreal Canadiens

"I never knew a single player who could lift a team as Orr could." --Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks

Praise for ORR: MY STORY
"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"
Praise for Bobby Orr
"I've seen all the greats since the 1920s, and I've never seen a player with the skills of Orr."--Clarence Campbell, former NHL president
"There's stars, superstars, and then there's Bobby Orr."--Serge Savard, Montreal Canadiens
"I never knew a single player who could lift a team as Orr could." --Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks

Praise for ORR: MY STORY
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"
Praise for Bobby Orr
I ve seen all the greats since the 1920s, and I ve never seen a player with the skills of Orr. Clarence Campbell, former NHL president
There s stars, superstars, and then there s Bobby Orr. Serge Savard, Montreal Canadiens
I never knew a single player who could lift a team as Orr could. Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks"

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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That Bobby Orr is the greatest Bruin, Defenseman and is on a shortlist as the greatest player in the history is barely covered in this fascinating book. Bobby Orrs journey from Canadian child playing hockey with his friends to winning the Stanley Cup with the 'Big bad Bruins' is covered brilliantly but with little of Orr's input into the success. The chapter on his involvement with Alan Eagleson is raw and hard to read, that Bobby Orr has recovered from this is a true testament to the man. His thoughts on the current state of Hockey should be must reading for the NHL directors, full of passion like the man himself. Great book, great player and a humble man, read it!
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Met all my expectations and more. I think many people have been waiting 30 years or more for this book and finally it has come. Great lessons about Hockey but even more so about being a good person.
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Very good. A smart guy who can see behind hockey! I strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in a whats behind a smart and succesful player.
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Insightful and enjoyable autobiography from a true great of the NHL.

If you like ice hockey, or if you are even generally interested reading about sporting figures lives, this book is a great one to add to your reading list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Parents and Children Involved in Any Sport 2 Jan. 2015
By Bill Emblom - Published on Amazon.com
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How did you spend New Year's Day? I spent mine reading this book in its entirety. I had a difficult time putting it down and I wouldn't know a blue line from a clothes line. Of course I'm aware that Bobby Orr played hockey for the Boston Bruins but this is a book for both players and parents of any sport their child participates in. Bobby Orr does not emphasize his numerous accomplishments in hockey. In fact his greatest memory of the sport is the time he spent playing the game as a child on rinks near his home at Parry Sound, Ontario. Tennyson once wrote, "I am a part of all that I have met" and Bobby Orr spends a great deal of time in recognizing those who helped him from the time he was a child throughout his career at a professional hockey player. He realizes that what we accomplish we don't do on our own without the help of significant others along the way.

Orr concludes the book by giving his opinions on the state of the game today and mentions suggested rule changes he would make and the reasons for them. Included also is suggested practical advice for up-and-coming hockey players and questions they should ask themselves if they plan on continuing their dream on playing in the National Hockey League.

I am not a hockey fan but for those who have children in any sport I would highly recommend this book to be read by both parents and children. I also found it refreshing in that there are no profanities in the book. Hockey fan or not this book is must reading for the reasons I mention above.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best 6 Jan. 2014
By Darcia Helle - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes I regret reading an autobiography by someone I hold in high esteem, because the reality often doesn't live up to my image of the person. Here I had no such problem. In fact, while I didn't think it was possible, I respect Bobby Orr even more after reading his book.

I do not come from a family of hockey fans. When I was 12, I happened across a game on TV. This was in 1974, Orr's last full season as a Bruin. Watching him play mesmerized me, and he is the reason I am, to this day, an avid fan of the sport in general and the Boston Bruins in particular.

Some fans might be disappointed because Orr does not offer a lot of behind-the-scenes kind of detail about his interactions with other players. But those stories do not belong to him alone and, therefore, he does not feel comfortable telling them. He also doesn't give much detail about his career in the way of stats, records he holds, awards, and trophies. He tells us that those things are public knowledge and he didn't want to write a book of bragging rights. I have tremendous respect for his choice not to give us a book full of gossip and inflated ego. Instead, we're treated to a glimpse of the broad spectrum of his life, from the early pond hockey games to his current career as an agent.

As an added bonus, this book contains a bunch of very cool photos!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Legend and his Humble Story 15 Oct. 2013
By D. Graves - Published on Amazon.com
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Over 30 years after he left hockey, Bobby Orr finally tells his story. If you know anything about the man, it was no surprise that he refrained from writing about himself for so long: he is the polar opposite of today's arrogant, self-promoting athlete eager to tell the world how great he is (or thinks he is); a humble, classy guy if there ever was one. And though he has now relented - after DECADES of self-imposed obscurity and silence - to write this book, don't expect any salacious stories of the Big Bad Bruins off the ice or passages about Orr's great feats on the ice: this is a straight-forward account of Robert Gordon Orr's life, as written by himself, with his usual modesty and discretion.

Not that this makes for a boring, just-the-facts, life story: it is, in fact, an engaging and fluid read, and interesting as hell. Well, to ME this is incredibly interesting stuff; whether or not you are a hockey fan, a Bruins fan, and/or a Bobby Orr fan will obviously impact your level of interest. As a lifelong hockey/Bruins/Orr fan who was 9 when Orr scored the 1970 overtime goal and who lived in a seaside town in Boston Harbor where several Bruins players lived (Doug Roberts lived a few houses away from me and I met many of the Bruins - but NOT Orr), I obviously have a higher level of interest. But the book is, in fact, lively and entertaining throughout, even for the casual reader. To a fan, it is so much more: because Orr never talked or wrote about himself previously (his two books in the 1970s were about hockey, the game, not about him), we had only a vague notion of his history. An entire 309-page book about Bobby Orr's life? Thank you, God.

From his childhood in Parry Sound, Ontario, where he delighted in the game of hockey at age 5 onwards, to his incredible teen years in Juniors (he signed his first pro hockey contract at age 14 and the contract stipulated - believe it or not - that his parents' house be stuccoed), to his debut in Boston at the age of 18 (as the highest-paid player in NHL history before he played even one NHL game), through the glory years, the bad knees, and then life after hockey (he was only 30 when it all ended), there are stories that even an Orr fan will be surprised by.

Though this is a mostly upbeat life story, there was darkness, aside from the bad knees and early end of his career: his agent since his youth, Alan Eagleson, not only stole a great deal of money from Orr but also stole Orr's Boston legacy as well. Every true Bruins and Bobby Orr fan remembers the dark day in 1976 when Orr - the very heart of the Bruins - signed with Chicago because he felt Boston was insulting him with their low offer. What no one knew - including Bobby Orr himself - was that the Bruins wanted so desperately to keep him that they offered partial ownership of the franchise in addition to their money offer. Eagleson hid this fact from Orr. But for the sleaziness of Alan Eagleson, Bobby Orr would have been a Bruin to the end.

I highly recommend the book to fans and the casual reader alike: this is a sports legend - considered by many as the greatest hockey player of all time - who is a genuinely nice guy, humble and modest, and his life story should be required reading for all young phenoms on the verge of turning pro. Act like THIS guy, not like all the others.

As a book dealer and Top 500 Reviewer, I am offered advance copies on a daily basis and hardly ever accept them. I read what I want to read. However, in this case, I desperately sought out an advance copy and got one. The review would be exactly the same had I paid for a copy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Orr,a superstar on ice, a gentleman off ice. 16 May 2017
By Robert Bicknell - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who is a lifelong Boston Bruins fan from back in the da, or anyone who genuinely loves hockey, y will be happy reading anything about Bobby Orr - especially when it comes from his own mouth, which was very rare indeed.
As a player, he stood head and shoulders above everyone else - including Hull, Howe and Gretsky...and they ALL admitted it.
As a person, he again stands head and shoulders above everyone else. Orr was a gentleman in every sense of the word and exemplified what a "superstar" should be. If you have kids, you should read this book as he has some very good examples of what to include in raising a kid...
Bottom line, this book is everything you'd want from Bobby Orr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartfelt Read for Any Fan of Any Sport 3 Sept. 2016
By Gerry - Published on Amazon.com
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See this link for photo to my opening statement on this review: [...]
This photo is the one photo missing from Mr. Orr’s biography. A terrific book that covers the many aspects of his life, personal, professional, and in all manners of dignity simply a decent read. I was disappointed of course there was no mention of the Vietnam Veterans in this book – but as a kid growing up in Canada I recall a CBC news article on television that showed a picture of U.S. Army Soldiers in Phu Bai South Vietnam that took a picture with the poster shown here in between all the players – one soldier was at the time also holding a poster or a flag of the Boston Bruin logo and #4 ORR sweater number. This said, the lack of inclusion of this photo and lack of even a small reference to the Vietnam Veterans of the era does not in itself take away from this book.

The story is both interesting and heart felt. The final chapters of this book is where Mr. Orr opens up to his fans and public and in some ways was able to dispel and exorcise whatever small demons may have existed due to none other than the business mogul turned player criminal in both Canada and the USA in Alan Eagleson. Mr. Orr struggles a bit following his early end to the hockey he loved and the NHL that he played for – like a phoenix however he reinvents himself and today is successful on many fronts to the business aspect of hockey while attempting to care for the youth who play sport. He has some solid advice within these pages for parents, coaches, and the application of the business model. Even keel temperament and individual responsibility lay at the heart of this advice.

It was quite touching to read of his respect for Mr. Hockey in Gordie Howe – this book was published when Mr. Howe was still alive. There are other hockey players he references within these pages as well such as Jean Béliveau, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyck, Serge Sevard; announcers in Foster Hewitt; fishing trips with baseball great Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, and a deep respect for Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, and a modern day reference and respect for Tom Brady Quarterback for the New England Patriots. I enjoyed the reference to Mildt Schmidt a coach he played for in the early days of his career. Milt was known as “Uncle Milty” a reference to the “Uncle Milty” show of the 1950’s starring none other than Milton Berle – an American class act for the era that led all the way through the 1980’s. Mr. Orr is proud of his Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada roots – reading of how he played hockey as a young boy on the lakes, creeks, and other watered areas reminded me of my own humble beginnings in the sport as I was raised in London and Windsor Ontario Canada. I recall quite vividly having a hockey card after Mr. Orr was traded to Chicago – the favorite part of those old time hockey cards for me was the cartoon stick men drawn on the back the phrases that most likely would represent the player featured on the front. On the back of this card the stick man was actually two men – one of Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr both – the caption read “Just call us Bobby!” That card ended up in the spokes of my bike like most other baseball and hockey cards of the era. As a kid I simply enjoyed the flickering sound as my wheels would turn and the spokes would hit whatever card dejour would be placed there on any given day. Though I wish I had that card now among many others of the era gone by, I am equally glad I could be a simply kid at the time as well.

Between Ken Dryden’s book, Gordie Howe’s book, and now Bobby Orr’s book – I would have to say that Mr. Dryden’s is still my favorite. Mr. Howe can no longer come back to update his book but I hope Mr. Mark Howe will; I also hope that Mr. Orr will come back and provide to his fans and fans of all sports the periodic update. In this book I found a new respect for Mr. Don Cherry – a guy hockey fans either love or hate. As a U.S. Marine – I simply appreciate the straight forwardness of this book – honest to a point and heartfelt to near tear. Thank you Mr. Orr.
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