- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley; Auflage: Reprint (7. Oktober 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 042527702X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425277027
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- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
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Orr: My Story (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Oktober 2014
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“This is a book more about a man than about a hockey player...Epic and noble.”—The Atlantic
“A must-read for anyone...who fondly remembers the glory years of the Big Bad Bruins.”—The Sun Chronicle
“[Orr] wrote the book…as if he were coaching both his sport and society, delivering lessons in honor and responsibility while he examines hockey at its best and worst.”—The Boston Globe
“A gripping personal record: tracing the arc from stunning rookie phenom to defeated hero. The story is moving. It’s a book that devotees of sport have to have on their bookshelves.”—Winnipeg Free Press
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Bobby Orr played for the Boston Bruins from 1966 to 1976, and then two more years for the Chicago Blackhawks. Among other records and honors, he remains the only defenseman to win the Art Ross Trophy league scoring title—twice—and he still holds the record for most points and assists at that position. He also 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. Orr was the youngest living player to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, at thirty-one.
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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.
It wasn't always this way for Number Four. When Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr signed his first professional contract with the Boston Bruins in 1966 at the tender age of 18 he would become the highest paid rookie in the history of the NHL...and for good reason. Up until that time no one thought that a defenseman could actually control the puck and skate with it instead of just clearing it out of the zone. Over the next few years Bobby Orr would revolutionize the game of hockey. Here was a gifted young athlete with exceptional skating ability, extraordinary instincts and amazing poise and maturity to boot. He was the total package. Over the years Bobby Orr turned back all kinds of offers to tell his story. Being a man of great modesty he didn't think anyone would be interested. In 2010 Bobby finally acquiesced and began work on his autobiography. "Orr: My Story" turns out to be a surprisingly revealing and highly entertaining book. Bobby bares his soul about the ups and downs of being a professional athlete, the injuries that would ultimately cut short his career and many of the most important relationships in his life. To my way of thinking Bobby Orr is a class act and has a number of very important things to say in this book.
If you take nothing else away from "Orr: My Story" it is his genuine love of the game he so excelled at. In the opening chapter of the book Bobby recalls "In the winter months, we could generally be found out on the bay playing hockey, but we would play anywhere we could find some open space. It didn't matter if we ended up on the bay, in a parking lot, on the river, or at the Victory school rink. As long as we could play we were happy." It was at all of these venues in his hometown of Parry Sound, ON that the future Hall of Famer would hone his skills. The Orr's were a family of modest means. Just about everyone agrees that his parents Doug and Arva instilled the right values in their son. He never allowed his incredible success get to his head nor did he ever seek special treatment. It was a joy to read about his experiences as a very young player in the "minors" and about his four years with the Oshawa Generals in the Metro Junior A League. I learned an awful lot about the sacrifices that must be made for a young man to become a professional hockey player.
As you might expect, Bobby Orr devotes quite a bit of time to his 10 years as a member of the Boston Bruins. Bobby would set all kinds of records and win numerous awards as a player and you will read all about that in this book. But what Bobby cherishes most are the two Stanley Cup championships and the relationships with his teammates, some of which have lasted a lifetime. Growing up in New England I remember a good many of those names and Bobby's recollections brought back a flood of memories for me. There is also an entire chapter devoted to Don Cherry whom Bobby characterizes as "one of my best friends in the world." Orr offers a passionate case for this friend being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then there is the fractured relationship with his former agent Alan Eagleson. I had forgotten much of this sordid tale. Although it was very painful for him Bobby Orr pulls no punches in excoriating the man who betrayed not only him but a number of other NHL players he represented. In the final chapters of the book, Bobby Orr talks about what he is doing these days and about the state of today's NHL. Orr questions the conservative style of play in today's NHL. He wonders aloud if any of the coaches in the league would allow him to play the style of play he was so comfortable with during his career.
At the end of the day I was pleasantly surprised at just how well written "Orr: My Story" turned out to be. Not bad for a first time effort! Bobby Orr is a class act with something very important to say. These days Bobby spends much of his time with his Orr Hockey Group not only looking to represent good young hockey players but more importantly looking for kids with good character. He and his associates seek to instill the right values in these kids, just as his parents did with him. My respect and admiration for this man has increased exponentially. If you are a parent of grandparent of an aspiring young athlete then I would urge you to grab a copy of "Orr: My Story". I think you will find that Bobby Orr has something monumentally important to say to your young person. I would especially direct your attention to a letter entitled "So You Want to be a Professional Hockey Player...?" that he sends to all of his young clients. In a society where traditional values seem to be under relentless attack it is refreshing to read about a superstar who clearly his head screwed on straight. Very highly recommended!
Bobby is very honest and up front. I met him when I was 12 and he was extremely nice and polite, unlike the sports "stars" of today.
I especially like his chapter on Don Cherry.
If you like Bobby Orr get this book, if you like hockey get this book even if you are not a Bruins fan (I am a Rangers fan)