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Old 11-29-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Bobby Orr night!

The ever humble Bobby Orr finally gave in to requests to come and have his number officially retired in the town where it all started - Oshawa..right here in my corner of southrn ontario..:
(whitby NHL players-Joe Nieuwendyk, wayne and keith primeau, adam foote) eric lindros lived here when he played for the Oshawa Generals like Bobby Orr did..
Whitby's most famous sporting team are the Whitby Dunlops, a celebrated ice hockey squad that captured the world championship in 1958 at Oslo, Norway. This team featured long-time president of the Boston Bruins, Harry Sinden and former mayor of Whitby, Robert Attersley. The Dunlops were revived in 2004 as part of the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League.

Lacrosse is also a prominent sport in Whitby. The Brooklin Redmen Senior A lacrosse club is one of the most successful in Canadian sporting history, while the Junior A Whitby Warriors have been awarded the Minto Cup four times since 1984.
Nieuwendyck won a Minto Cup playing lacrosse. - pi8c and comments to article.

'Very humble' Orr finally takes a bow in Oshawa

Bobby Orr, the former great defenceman of the Boston Bruins, watches the banner head to the rafters with Don Cherry to the left. Orr had his number retired by his junior team, the Oshawa Generals, on Thursday (Nov. 27, 2008) at the GM Centre in Oshawa.


193 games

107 goals

173 assists

280 points

NHL records

Plus-minus in 1970-71 +124

Assists defenceman (1970-71) 102

Points defenceman (1970-71) 139

Assists in game, defenceman, tied with 5 others (1973) 6

Nov 28, 2008 04:30 AM
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Dave Feschuk

It's been nearly half a century since Bobby Orr, 14 years old and 125 pounds, arrived in Oshawa and began to bloom into hockey's greatest genius.

But for all Orr's accolades a nearly 30-year residency in the Hockey Hall of Fame, two Stanley Cup rings and a boatload of Norris and Hart and Art Ross Trophies one honour had gone un-given. Though his famous No. 4 has been hanging in various Boston rafters for most of a few decades, the No. 2 he wore during his four storied junior seasons with the Oshawa Generals, out of circulation since he left for the NHL, had yet to be retired.

That changed last night, when Orr, once a high-scoring defenceman who electrified crowds as he reimagined his sport, was feted with an emotional number-raising at General Motors Centre.

Orr was joined by no end of well-wishers, from siblings to ex-teammates to 83-year-old Wren Blair, the scout who convinced Doug and Arva Orr, the legend's late parents, to ship their scrawny boy from Parry Sound to begin his journey to the heights. And he was joined, too, by Don Cherry, the former Bruins coach and national blow- horn, who jokingly took a little credit for Orr's gifts.

"He was a good player," said Cherry, "but he had a great coach."

In between a stirring video tribute to Orr's highlight-reel rushes and a series of standing ovations from the franchise-record crowd of 6,253, somebody might have been excused for wondering: Why did it take so long for his number to find its way to the local ceiling, this when Eric Lindros's No. 88 rose last year?

"That's my fault. It wasn't the Generals, I can assure you," said Orr, 60. "It just wasn't something I wanted to do. It just wasn't my thing ... I guess I'm a little strange."

Orr, now a player agent and a corporate spokesman, credited Colleen Corner, the Generals' office manager of more than 40 years, with turning him.

"She threatened me," said Orr.

"I did threaten him," said Corner. "I told him, `I'm very upset, because you should have been the first one up there.' And that was the first time he didn't say no to me, a year ago November ... He'd been asked many, many times. This has been ongoing for 20-something years. He's just a very humble man. He does not like the pomp and the attention at all."

Last night's pomp was appropriate. The Bobby Orr Public School choir laid into a rousing version of "O Canada." The Generals took their pre-game warm-up before a 5-1 win over the Peterborough Petes wearing throwback jerseys, black with yellow shoulders, all of them with Orr's No. 2 on the back.

And another player who arrived as a 14-year-old, John Tavares, the high-scoring Oshawa captain expected to be a top pick in next year's NHL entry draft, presented Orr with a custom watch. "From Tiffany's," said Tavares.

The Generals don't play in their Orr-era haunts any more, old Bowmanville Arena with its chicken-wire cage, and the Oshawa Civic Centre. And their namesake automotive giant, General Motors, is troubled. But Orr was driven on to the ice last night in a Chevy.

And 30 years on from his injury-induced retirement at age 30, perhaps Orr's accomplishments inspire more awe than they ever did. Generations have come and gone, after all, without a reasonable facsimile.

And maybe Orr, strange though he says he is, has even warmed a little to the pomp and attention.

"It's been a fun night," he admitted after it was over and his eyes were red from a few tears. "This is where my career started. To be honoured in this fashion is something I'll never forget."

OSHAWA -- He will forever be synonymous with wearing No. 4, but when he played for the Oshawa Generals, the great Bobby Orr wore No. 2.

Last night, Oshawa Generals fans reminded Orr that in their hearts, he always will be No. 1.

The Generals officially retired Orr's No. 2 Oshawa jersey in a stirring 50-minute ceremony before they beat the Peterborough Petes 5-1 in front of 6,253 fans that crammed into the General Motors Centre to salute quite simply the greatest General of them all.

From the moment he entered the arena in a 2009 GM hybrid car, until Hockey Night in Canada icon Don Cherry and other guests saluted him with speeches and gifts, Orr smiled and choked back tears before he addressed the crowd moments before a banner bearing his face and number was hoisted to the rafters.

"I'm thrilled to be back, I have a lot of friends here in Oshawa," Orr said.

"This is where my career started and to be honoured like this here, well I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

"I came here at 14 and I was well looked after. Anytime you are honoured in this manner it's a thrill, it really is, and something I'll always remember."

Cherry was a surprise guest, unbeknownst to Orr until he walked on to the ice to an enthusiastic reception from the delighted crowd.

"He's the greatest player in hockey history, period," Cherry said.

"A great hockey player has to be able to score, to pass, to skate, to hit, to fight ... Bobby Orr could do everything.

"You really had to have seen him play to understand just how great he was. He changed the game with the way he played. Boy, he was really something special."

Orr came to Oshawa and made an immediate impact, being selected to the league's second all-star team in his rookie season despite playing against players four and five years older.

In the final of his four seasons with the Generals, he led the team to the league title and a berth in the Memorial Cup before starting his illustrious NHL career.


Despite being hobbled by knee injuries and numerous surgeries, Orr was the greatest defenceman of his generation.

He captured the Norris Trophy eight consecutive seasons and was a nine-time NHL all-star.

The only defenceman to win the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion -- he did it twice -- Orr also won the Hart Trophy three consecutive times and compiled a remarkable 915 points in just 657 regular-season games.

He led the Bruins to two Stanley Cups and was the tournament MVP at the 1976 Canada Cup, in what would turn out to be his swan song. Immediately upon his retirement he became the youngest player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame at the age of 31.

Generals retire Orr's No. 2
'This is where my career started... and this is something I'll never forget,' legendary defenceman says
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November 27, 2008 at 9:26 PM EST

OSHAWA, Ont. The jersey Oshawa hockey fans have been waiting to see raised to rafters finally took its rightful place Thursday night.

The Oshawa Generals retired the No. 2 jersey worn by the legendary Bobby Orr from 1962 to 1966 in a ceremony prior to their Ontario Hockey League game against the Peterborough Petes at the General Motors Centre.

Orr's legendary hockey career, one that saw him revolutionize the way defencemen played the game, started in Oshawa as a 14-year-old. During his four-year Generals career, Orr posted eye-popping totals of 116 goals, 205 assists and 321 points, including 38 goals and 94 points in his final season in 1965-66.

"I did a lot of growing up in Oshawa from ages 14 to 18 and I'll be forever grateful for those people who helped me in that time of my life," Orr said from ice level during his thank-you speech Thursday night.

Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry, who coached Orr with the Boston Bruins, was among those in attendance. Ian Young, a former teammate of Orr's in Oshawa and Wren Blair, the man who was largely responsible for getting Orr into the Bruins organization, were also there along with several of Orr's family members.

While Orr makes it back to Oshawa quite frequently, this trip was most certainly a special one.

"It's pretty nice," he said of seeing his jersey retired. "This is where my career started... and this is something I'll never forget."

His jersey became the third one to be retired by the Generals, along with the No. 9 of the late Red Tilson and the No. 88 of Eric Lindros.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:25 PM   #2
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and video of Orr:

Orr what a night
Generals retire legend's No. 2
Nov 27, 2008 - 11:04 PM

By Shawn Cayley

OSHAWA -- The cheers that bounced off the walls of the General Motors Centre last night were as loud as they were deserving.

One of the greatest players in the history of hockey, and the greatest Oshawa General ever, Bobby Orr, was on hand as his No. 2 was finally raised to the rafters in Oshawa prior to the Generals’ game against the Peterborough Petes.

The honour comes some 46 years after his career launched in Oshawa.

During a Thursday night news conference, Orr admitted he was thrilled to see his career seemingly come full circle with the banner raising.

“It’s pretty nice. This is really where my career started,” he told members of the media. “I am honoured and this is something I’ll never forget.”

A lot has been said over the years about why Orr’s number hadn’t been retired before, but it’s all on him, Orr said.

“This wasn’t something I was in a hurry to do,” he admitted, noting the request had been tabled to him on several occasions by the organization over the years. “It wasn’t my thing.”

But after years of reluctance, it’s happened and Orr spent a majority of his news conference speaking glowingly of his time in Oshawa, although it wasn’t any easy transition leaving the quiet surroundings of Parry Sound at the tender age of 14.

“It was a nervous time to be playing, at 14 against older players,” Orr recalled. “I was lucky I could skate a little bit. I dodged a lot of the big guys. The guys, my entire career, coming in at 14, the guys looked after me. Even going to Boston at 18, again, the same thing happened.

“A lot was written (then) about this young player coming here to Oshawa and in Boston and it would have been easy for the guys to . . . I was coming in to take someone’s job, (so) it would have been easy for them turn on me, but they didn’t,” added Orr, who as a rookie totalled 6-15-21 numbers in 34 games with the Generals. “They looked after me, supported me.”

Fans of the Generals, likely wowed by his exploits as a rookie, were in for even more of a treat in the subsequent years as his profile rose with his point totals, which ballooned to 38 goals and 94 points in only 47 games in his final year.

But had it not been for Wren Blair, who as an employee of the Boston Bruins ran the Generals at the time, it may never have happened in Oshawa.

“Wren, for anyone that knows Wren, he’s a good talker,” Orr chuckled. “Wren spent many days in Parry Sound talking to my parents, trying to convince them to allow me to play at a very young age.”

It worked, and the rest is well documented.

As for the current day Generals, they put on a show for Orr last night, with five different players scoring goals in a 5-1 victory over the Petes in front of 6,253 at the GMC.

Brett Parnham opened the scoring, with other goals coming from Kory Nagy, Jeff Hayes, Jeff Brown and Tyler Taylor.

Neil Conway continued his superb play in goal with a 31-save effort, and will lead the Generals into Ottawa for a game with the 67’s tonight, before returning home to face Mississauga Sunday at 6:05 p.m.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:41 PM   #3
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great stuff, char...yes, nice pic...further trivia: when I'm visiting the family homestead in Gananoque, Ontario, about 5 minutes away sits the old rink which hosted the bantam tourney he played in as a 12 year old (1960)...he was only peewee age and had recently been moved back from forward to defense...anyhow, NHL scouts were present at this event, and the rest is pretty much his story
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:57 PM   #4
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A lot of good hockey players came from Ontario, including the best of all No: 99 Wayne Gretzky. If only he could have played for the Leafs.

And Sydney Crosby for The Habs.
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