Robert Gordon Orr OC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time. Orr used his ice skating speed, scoring, and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position of defenceman.
Early Life & Career
Bobby Orr was born in 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. His mother was Arva, and his father, Doug, had served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Orr is one of five siblings. From an early age, he was already demonstrating his hockey skills. A year after receiving his first skates, at the age of five, he played organized hockey in the "minor squirt" division. First playing as a forward, and then as a defense, Orr's performances in Ontario provincial competitions eventually drew the notice of NHL scouts. At age 14, Orr joined the Oshawa Generals, a junior hockey affiliate of the Boston Bruins. During this time, Orr moved to Oshawa, where he attended R. S. McLaughlin High School and boarded with a local family. Every year during his junior career, Orr's goal and point totals increased, resulting in him being named to the OHA First-All Star team.
When Orr turned 16, his father Doug asked the Bruins for more money, but was turned down. Doug subsequently met with Toronto lawyer Alan Eagleson to help out; Eagleson agreed to work with the family for free, and developed a close relationship with Orr. After several offers were made, Orr and the Bruins agreed on a $25,000 signing bonus and a two-year contract that made Orr, at the time, the highest-paid player in league history as a rookie.
In 1973, Orr married speech therapist Margaret Wood; they have two sons, Darren and Brent. Orr is also the grandfather of Alexis and Robert.
Among his myriad personal interests, Orr is passionate about fishing, something he's been doing since childhood. While living with Bruins trainer and roommate John Forristall, Orr was also known for keeping his apartment clean, and abstaining from drinking, smoking, and nightlife clubbing.
Bobby Orr is a retired Canadian ice hockey player who has a net worth of $5 million dollars.