>>Bibliography Early in the 1900s, Robert Orr moved his family to a small Canadian town called Parry Sound. Robert's son, Doug, was an exceptional athlete. He excelled in track and hockey. Doug Orr had the potential to play in the N.H.L., but joined the Navy instead.
Doug married Arva Steele and the couple settled in Parry Sound after World War II. Children soon began to fill the Orr household. Their first child was a girl, Pat, followed by a son, Ron. On March 20th, 1948 Arva Orr gave birth to her third child. It was a difficult birth and the child's survival was in question, but this was no average baby.
This infant would grow to become Robert Gordon Orr, hockey's greatest player.EVER! Desperate Housewives The Game Download Mac. Arva and Doug Orr named their young son after his paternal grandfather, who had been a professional soccer player in Ireland before immigrating to Canada.
Bobby began skating at the age of four, on a pair of skates that Gene Fernier, a friend of Doug Orr, had given to Bobby. The Seguin River was where young Bobby began his skating.
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He would spend several hours a day practicing his skating on the river and then spend an extra hour at night, taking shooting practice in his garage on Great North Rd. Bobby quickly took to the local game of Shinny that was played on the frozen river. The object of the game was for one player to grab the puck and try and keep it on his stick as long as he could, while all of the other players tried to steal it from him. The game was considered a great way to develop stick-handling. Young Bobby Orr was the 'King of Shinny'. Bobby recalls playing Shinny, 'Most of the time we would be on the ice from early morning until darkness. Sometimes there would be 30 of us, chasing after the same puck.'
Organized hockey started for Bobby at the age of five. He quickly jumped up through the levels while winning unparalleled praise and recognition before reaching the age of twelve. Royce Tennant, Bobby's first coach, had this to say, 'He was good with people. A leader in a quiet sort of way.' Bobby was a big fan of Montreal Canadien defenseman Terry Harper while growing up.
He liked to watch a defenseman who was an offensive threat. I guess he learned well. Bobby was a hard worker in school, as well as on the ice. In the summers he loved to swim, hunt, and fish with his father and brothers. Their favorite fishing spot was a place called Moon River.
Doug Orr remembers Bobby as a very good, young fisherman, 'He was always a good fisherman. He could catch them in a bathtub'.
Bucko McDonald, an all-star NHL defenseman in the 1940s, coached Orr in Pee Wee and Bantam Hockey. Bucko was the one who had Bobby play defense. When Doug questioned Bucko about the move, Bucko responded, 'Bobby was born to play defense'. In 1960, in a town called Ganonoque on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the legend of Bobby Orr began to blossom. The Parry Sound Bantam All-Stars were playing in a tournament and all six NHL teams had sent scouts to the game to look at two young promising players for Ganonoque named Eaton and Higgins. Within minutes of the puck being dropped the scouts for the Boston Bruins had forgotten about Higgins and Eaton and had their eyes focused on the skinny little kid from Parry Sound.
Orr had played 58 out of 60 minutes in the game (the other two minutes he was in the penalty box). The Boston Management (Milt Schmidt, Wren Blair, Lynn Patrick, and Weston Adams) were seated in stunned silence.
Milt Schmidt finally turned to Lynn Patrick and said, 'There's a kid on that Parry Sound team and either my eyes are going bad or something, but he looks like something out of the norm'. Patrick turned and replied, 'You mean that little #2? Isn't he something?'
The race to sign the 'wonder boy' had begun. Wren Blair, Oshawa Coach and future mentor to Orr, spent many days in Parry Sound building up a rapport with the Orr family. Blair knew that Arva didn't want her son to leave home at such a young age, so he offered to let Bobby stay at home and commute 150 miles three times a week to the games. At the age of thirteen, Doug and Arva permitted Bobby to sign a Junior A contract card with Boston, to play for the Oshawa Generals. Bobby was still attending elementary school.
The early days in Oshawa were tough ones for the Parry Sound youngster. Many of the older players initially resented the 14-year-old star. Bobby found a friend (and second father figure) in the club's trainer, Stan Waylett. A large man, Waylett would be rough and tough on the exterior with the boys, but beneath the surface he was a warm and caring man. Bobby Orr is recognized today as the most dominating Junior hockey player in history.
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