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Happy Birthday, Bobby Orr

Mar 20, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

Bobby Orr — the only defenseman in NHL history to win two scoring titles, three MVP awards and eight consecutive Norris Trophies — is turning 64 today. We here at PHT would like to wish the greatest blueliner ever a happy birthday, and what better way to do it than with a video tribute?

First, here’s his famous Stanley Cup-winning goal against St. Louis in 1970. You’ve probably seen it a million times, but just to refresh the particulars…the goal was scored on a give-and-go with Derek Sanderson 40 seconds into the first overtime period of Game 4 (the B’s swept the Blues.)

St. Louis defenseman Noel Picard is the one flipping Orr skyward while Glenn Hall — who had come out of retirement that year to split duties with 41-year-old Jacques Plante — was in goal.

Next, here’s a look at the entirety of Orr’s 1969-70 season, arguably the greatest single-season effort in NHL history. Orr won the Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Hart Memorial, James Norris and Plus/Minus Award that year — as a defenseman, he scored 120 points, 21 clear of second-place Phil Esposito.

Finally, here’s a shirtless Orr interviewing a shirtless Bobby Hull poolside at the Half Moon Club in Jamaica.

To answer your question: No, I don’t know why they’re sitting so close together and yes, it does seem a little too close.

  1. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Quick who was the head coach of the Blues in that season? Orr was from another planet. Before the knees went he could skate forever. If you want to see how good he really was, look up his plus/minus rating for his career. Sid who?

    • Mike Halford - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      None other than 36-year-old Scotty Bowman! (Younger than like half the team, I might add — Plante, Hall, and Arbour were all elder statesmen). That was Scotty’s third Stanley Cup finals appearance, too.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        Very good. What was unique about Al Arbour as a player?

  2. t16rich - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    To write how I really feel about this guy would likely take up 3 pages. So I will just say Bobby is 2nd to none. He is a legend.

  3. habsman - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Happy B’day Mr. Orr.

    The best ever.

  4. mgp1219 - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Whenever I see another player wearing #4, I automatically think of Bobby Orr.
    Happy Bobby! You are the greatest ever!

    • letangusespertplus - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Michalek is better than this bum.

      • danphipps01 - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Jesus Christ. Penguins fans, man. Penguins fans. =/

      • bruinsfan57 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        Only a friggin retard would write a post like this, jerk-off

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        Bobby Orr…. more like Bobby Bore…. ZZZzzzzzzzzzz……

    • kitshky - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Oh come on …you don’t immediately think of Greg Hawgood!?

      (I think of Orr when I see #4 on any jesey, in any sport. Best ever indeed.)

  5. mgp1219 - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    *Happy Birthday

  6. bigbadbruins1968 - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Happy birthday, Mr. Orr. Thanks for revolutionizing the roll of the defensemen in the attack. It was a shame to lose you so young with bad knees.

  7. blomfeld - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISTER ORR … THE GREATEST PLAYER EVER !

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