Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr

One of the most popular sports books this winter is Orr: My Story, by Bobby Orr.  Bobby Orr is still considered by many to be the greatest ever to play the game of hockey.  We know about the Stanley Cups, we can watch video of his greatest moments on the ice, and we can read about the trophies and statistics.  Some of the records he set, still stand today.  But he has never written a memoir, authorized a biography or spoken to journalists about his past.  That’s what makes this book so special.

We have never had a glimpse into how he got to the NHL, and who helped him; inspired and taught him along the way.  What was it like for a shy small-town kid to step onto the ice as a professional hockey player and into the glare of the media.  What were the circumstances of his leaving Boston, and how it felt to be betrayed, and left in financial ruin by the man he trusted so completely.

But this book isn’t just about the past.  Bobby Orr has views on the state of today’s game, and how he feels about youngsters getting into the game.   As a parent and grandparent, he believes he has lessons worth passing on.

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