Searching for Bobby Orr
The book that hockey fans have been waiting for: the definitive, unauthorized account of the man many say was the greatest player the game has ever seen.
The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in sport. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know that the myth surrounding Canada’s great pastime originates in places like Bobby Orr’s Parry Sound. In
Instead of looking at how a great athlete played a small part in some kind of cultural change (which is debatable in Orr's case, anyway), Brunt just kind of talks about how cool Orr was, refusing to do more than passingly m...more
In what would definitely be considered an agonizing career, shortened by knee injuries, Bobby had a talent that far exceeded his peers of the time. He is one of very few to have truly changed the game. Evolving it and revolutionizing it. He had talent that was noticed at such an early age and his path to stardom in the NHL was all but guarant...more
The author comes right out and say it, “Bobby Orr did not give his blessing on this book.” But he is of the opinion that Bobby might have if he hadn’t been writing his own book about his life. The author honored Bobby’s request to not talk to his family. The information in this book is taken from published accounts and people who know Bobby. Some of Bobby’s friends refused to talk, others talked on condition of anon...more
In the biography Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt, the story behind one of the greatest players to ever play the sport of hockey is revealed. Bobby Orr’s story begins in a small town in Canada called Parry Sound. Here is where he starts his tremendous work ethic and meets Wilfred “Bucko” McDonald, the coach that allows him to change the way the sport is played. He created an offensive defensemen. Bucko saw a "scrawny, skilled, a natural skater, a stickhandler, a scorer... he still saw a...more
And I was disappointed.
As many others have commented, the prose is overwritten. The focus occasionally shows brilliance, particularly when talking about games he pla...more
More interesting in this story is who came forward to fill on the puzzle pieces, and it paints a great picture if his time in Junior hockey when as Don Cherry likes to point out he was without equal.
I was too young to see him play much so I learned a great deal from the book. I will now look for his plays on youtube, I guess.
It seems really sad that Orr's two sons never learned how to skate. I suppose it is good that Orr never forced them to follow in his footsteps but to so effectively ke...more