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One of the greatest sports figures of all time at last breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself.

Number 4. It is just about the most common number in hockey, but invoke that number and you can only be talking about one player -- the man often referred to as the greatest ever to play the game: Bobby Orr.

From 1966 through the mid-70s he could change a game just by stepping on the ice. Orr could do things that others simply couldn't, and while teammates and opponents alike scrambled to keep up, at times they could do little more than stop and watch. Many of his records still stand today and he remains the gold standard by which all other players are judged. Mention his name to any hockey fan - or to anyone in New England - and a look of awe will appear.

But skill on the ice is only a part of his story. All of the trophies, records, and press clippings leave unsaid as much about the man as they reveal. They tell us what Orr did, but don't tell us what inspired him, who taught him, or what he learned along the way. They don't tell what it was like for a shy small-town kid to become one of the most celebrated athletes in the history of the game, all the while in the full glare of the media. They don't tell us what it was like when the agent he regarded as his brother betrayed him and left him in financial ruin, at the same time his battered knee left him unable to play the game he himself had redefined only a few seasons earlier. They don't tell about the players and people he learned to most admire along the way. They don't tell what he thinks of the game of hockey today.

Orr himself has never put all this into words, until now. After decades of refusing to speak of his past in articles or "authorized" biographies, he finally tells his story, because he has something to share: "I am a parent and a grandparent and I believe that I have lessons worth passing along."

In the end, this is not just a book about hockey. The most meaningful biographies and memoirs rise above the careers out of which they grew. Bobby Orr's life goes far deeper than Stanley Cup rings, trophies and recognitions. His story is not only about the game, but also the age in which it was played. It's the story of a small-town kid who came to define its highs and lows, and inevitably it is a story of the lessons he learned along the way.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Penguin Canada,, 2013
Toronto, Ontario : Penguin Canada, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780670066971
Branch Call Number: 796.962092 ORR NVD
Characteristics: 290 pages, 12 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Aug 11, 2016

This is a good book, albeit, its very polite, as Orr the man is. There is no real detailing of grievances. You would think his affairs with Alan Eagleson would merit some kind of anger coming out of the book, but that is glossed over. I recommend this book, but if you want BOTH sides of the story of Orr, I strongly suggest reading Stephen Brunt;s great book "Searching for Bobby Orr" after you read this one. Stephen's book is amazing in detailing both good and bad things that happened to Orr.

Jan 20, 2016

One of the very best all round hockey players ever to play the game. Definitely THE best skater in hockey ever. I loved his anecdote about Eddie Shack and wish there were more memories along this line in the book. Keep your head up Bobby.

rb3221 Apr 29, 2015

Perhaps the greatest hockey player ever who changed the way the game was played. A phenomenally gifted skater who won the Art Ross Trophy twice (an incredible feat for a defenseman), the James Norris 8X in a row and countless other awards. But the unassuming Orr shows he did not place a great value on these: he was truly a team player. Rather he "is the nicest, kindest and giving person you will ever meet" (quote by Gordie Howe). This biography is not just about hockey but rather how we need to treat people with respect, about Orr's approach to life, what he learned along the way and the incredible role model his parents provided .
Also included is a chapter on Don Cherry and an honest account of Alan Eagleson ("the bad memory", "the bully", "how can he sleep with the knowledge" and how Eagleson changed his approach to people. Orr ends with some forthright, very relevant and timely opinions on hockey to-day, especially the role of coaches and parents.

Nov 10, 2014

A remarkable story of #4 - his personal journey. A quiet, unassuming man.

May 12, 2014

Good book. Well worth reading.

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