October 15, 2013

Bruins legend Orr opens up about upbringing in new book

 

By Joshua Kummins

Most know Bobby Orr as a hockey legend who spent ten outstanding years as a prominent member of the Boston Bruins, but his new book "Orr: My Story" shares the outside tales that led to him becoming the hockey star fans still cherish.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Marc Myers, he shared some stories from the early days in the 1950s and 1960s in his childhood home in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Of course, the main topic of conversation was hockey - a very important part of everyday life in the small northern Ontario town.

"Hockey was a big part of our culture," he said. "Everyone played, and families watched games together on TV. My friends and I played on the streets in warmer weather and on the river and lakes when they froze over."

His parents were not well-off, did not own a car and lived in an old house built in the early 1900s under less-than-ideal conditions.

"All the floors were uneven, and everyone had to share one bathroom and one tub—there wasn't a shower,” Orr said. “There was no central heating—we depended on one oil-burning stove in the front room to warm the house."

Somehow, Orr made it and is one of the best players in Bruins and NHL history. He currently divides his time between Cape Cod and Florida.

Check out the Wall Street Journal's full story here.

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