BOBBY ORR Timeline 1960-1969


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Timeline 1960


1960
January
Until now, at the age of ten, Orr played on the wing, as a forward. His coach, former NHL player Bucko McDonald, moved Orr to defence.
1960
March

At a Bantam Tournament in Gananoque, Ontario, NHL scout Wren Blair and Lynn Patrick of the Boston Bruins, noted Orr's dominance and began aggressively pursuing the talented 12-year old. Bobby Orr played for the Parry Sound Bantam All-Stars and he played 58 out of the 60-minute game (he had a two minute penalty).

1960
March 3

Played as a Parry Sound's Pewee All-Stars in a playoff game in Barrie.

1960
April 2

Played as a Parry Sound's Pewee All-Stars in a playoff game on home ice against Barrie.




Timeline 1961


1961
September

Started Grade 8 school year in Parry Sound. His brother Ronnie was in his same class.




Timeline 1962


1962
August 31

His parents drove him to Niagara Falls to attend a Junior Tryout Camp for the reborn Oshawa Generals. They were approached and scared away by Weston Adams, team owner, making Bobby an offer to join the Oshawa Generals.

1962
September 2

Wren Blair and his wife Elma drove to Parry Sound to calm down the Orr family. Doug Sr. was not there all day so no deal could be reached.

1962
September 3

Wren Blair visited the Orr family again, offering them a $10,000 bonus for signing the "C-Form" contract, plus a car, plus cover the $800 cost to stucco the house. After meeting their lawyer friend Joe on the golf course to review the contract, Bobby signed the contract.

1962
Septeber 4

Started Grade 9 at R.S. McLaughlin High School in Oshawa, Ontario.

1962
September 8

Jumped from Bantam hockey to a Metro Junior A hockey league in Oshawa. Bobby was 5'-6" tall and weighed 135 lbs.

1962
September

Moved in the home of Bob and Bernie Ellesmere who were his hockey billets.




Timeline 1963


1963
February 27

Was showcased on Hockey Night In Canada during the intermission of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks game. He was interviewed by Ward Cornell as part of a segment of National Week celebrating minor hockey.

1963
June

Worked in his Uncle Howard's butcher shop for the next 2 summer months. Bobby was 5'9" tall and weighed 160 lbs.




Timeline 1965


1965
March

Played in the Junior A Quarter Finals game as the Oshawa Generals skated against the St. Catherines Black Hawks. Wayne Cashman was on his team.

1965
March 3

Moved in the home of Jack and Cora Wild who were his hockey billets.

1965
December 14

Got his first exposure to international hockey when he was added, along with other OHL all-stars, to the Toronto Marlboros' roster for an exhibition game against the Russian National Team. The game was played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, and he was selected as the first star of that game.




Timeline 1966


1966
March 19

Played a playoff game as the Oshawa Generels faced St. Catherines.

1966
March 20

On his 18th Birthday he assisted 3 goals on Oshawa's 8-1 win. The crowd sang Happy Birthday and the team presented him with a transistor radio.

1966
July

Spent time at Alan Eagleson's summer cottage on Lake Couchiching near Orillia. There he met and spent time with Carl Brewer and Bobby Bauer.

1966
September 2

Signed a 2 year contract with the Boston Bruins. The contract was signed in Lefroy, Ontario aboard the 42-foot cabin cruiser, Barbara Lynn, which was owned by Boston GM Hap Emms, in the presence of his attorney Alan Eagleson. He was the highest paid rookie in NHL history, earning $25,000 the 1st year and $30,000 the 2nd year, when the average NHL salary was $17,000 a year. His signing bonus was $25,000 which he used to buy his mother a new refrigerator, washer and dryer.

1966
September 5

Attended 1st Boston Bruins Training Camp in London, Ontario. He wore #27 on his uniform and for the next 8 games of the pre-season. He was offered #5, worn by Aubrey "Dit" Clapper but politely declined. His roomate was Johnny Bucyk.

1966
September

He moved into a 5-bedroom house in Little Nahant, Boston, that he shared with Joe Watson, another small-town Canadian boy from Smithers, B.C.

1966
October 9

The Bruins had practiced for a month at their training facility in London, Ontario and came to Boston on this day to prepare for the coming season with some exhibition games.

1966
October 10

Attended his first practice as a Boston Bruin held at the Boston Garden in Boston, MA.

1966
October 19

Made professional debut with the Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings wearing #4. First NHL game & first NHL point (assist on a power-play goal by Wayne Connelly at 5:44 of the 2nd period). Blocked a shot by Gordie Howe. Detroit 2 at Boston 6

1966
October 22

Received 1st penalty, a minor for interference at 7:43 of the 2nd period. Bobby Rousseau scored a power-play goal while Orr was in the penalty box. The goal proved to be the winner.
Boston 1 at Montreal 3

1966
October 23

1st NHL goal in Bruins home game against Gump Worsley and the Canadiens at 4:31 of the second period. He actually had borrowed a teammates stick and later returned it for his own. The stick belonged to Bob Dillabough. The Boston Garden fans gave him a 5-minute ovation.

1966
November 19

Received 1st major penalty - for fighting with Vic Hadfield of Rangers at 2:22 of the 2nd period. New York 3 at Boston 3

1966
November 20

Scored his first shorthanded goal, at 4:51 of the1st period against Hank Bassen. Detroit 2 at Boston 5

1966
November 23

Scored first power-play goal at 14:27 of the 3rd period against Ed Giacomin. Boston 4 at NY Rangers 5

1966
December 4

In the 2nd period of the game, he strained an internal ligament as he was hit into the boards by Maple Leafs defenceman Marcel Pronovost. This was Orr's first time knee injury in the NHL. He would miss nine games and the Bruins would lose six of them. Toronto 8 at Boston 3

1966
December 7

Missed first of eight straight games with knee injury.

1966
December 22

Bobby Orr Enterprises Ltd. Was registered as a tax shelter and investment vehicle for him.  His 2 partners were Alan Eagleson and Mike Walton.

1966
December 24

Thanks to Bobby Orr, the Boston Bruins' box office receipts had increased by almost $100,000 compared to the past year..




Timeline 1967


1967
January 1

Played in a game against the Chicago Black Hawks. Boston at Chicago 2-3

1967
January 22

Received first 10-minute misconduct penalty, at 7:28 of the 3rd period. Toronto at Boston 1-3

1967
April 2

Completed 1st season in NHL with 13 goals,28 assists,41 points, 102 penalty minutes. Boston finished sixth and out of the playoffs. Orr missed nine game because of injuries.

1967
April 26

Named winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most outstanding rookie.

1967
May 10

Named to the second NHL All-Star Team.

1967
June

Hurt his right knee in a collision with teammate Bob Leiter during a charity game in Winnipeg , He ended up with a cast on his leg for five weeks due to the injury. Dr. John Palmer at the Toronto General Hospital did the honours.

1967
September

Bobby Orr drove a Cadillac Eldorado, had a residence in Peabody, MA. and rented a Cape Cod style, two-garage bungalow in Lynnfield, MA., twenty minutes drive from the Boston Garden. His roommates were goalie Ed Johnston, defenceman Gary Doak and trainer John "Frosty" Forristall.

1967
October 15

In a game against the Montreal Canadiens, he fought Bryan Watson. He received his 2nd major NHL penalty and got a game misconduct. Montreal 2 at Boston 6

1967
November 5

Was hit in the face by the hockey stick of the Maple Leaf's Brian Conacher. Following emergency first aid, Orr went after the Toronto player and their battle ignited a major donnybrook in which both benches cleared and a total of 26 minutes in penalties were assessed. Orr required three stitches to close the wound. Toronto 2 at Boston 2

1967
December 9

He was flattened by Maple Leaf Frank Mahovlich and suffered a broken collarbone and a separated shoulder. He missed the next six games. Boston 3 at Toronto 3

1967
Deceember 11

Appeared on the front cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine for the 1st time.




Timeline 1968


1968
January 16

Played in first All-Star game. Wore #5 at the 21st NHL All Star Game as Jean Beliveu wore #4. Received an assist, along with Gordie Howe, on goal by Norm Ullman. Suffered shoulder injury which kept him out for the next four games. Toronto defeated the All-Stars 4-3 in Toronto.

1968
January 20

Missed the game while resting his injured shoulder. Philadelphia 2 at Boston 4

1968
January 21

Missed the game while resting his injured shoulder. Chicago 0 at Boston 6

1968
January 24

Missed the game while resting his injured shoulder. Boston 1 at NY Rangers 2

1968
January 25

Missed the game while resting his injured shoulder. Boston 0 at Montreal 2

1968
February 10

At the game against the Red Wings, his knee joint locked up and he had to skate off the ice and limp back to the dressing room. This injury caused him to miss the next 17 games.
Boston 1 at Detroit 1

1968
February 12

Was admitted to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston. Dr. Ronald Adams did the honours of surgically repairing a torn cartilage in his left knee.

1968
February 16

Held a press conference at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital after undergoing surgery for the removal of a torn cartilage in his left knee.

1968
April 4

Played in first Stanley Cup playoff game. Orr did not receive any points or penalties. Boston 1 at Montreal 2

1968
April 6

Received 1st playoff point, an assist with John Bucyk on Ted Green's power-play goal. Boston 3 at Montreal 5

1968
May 10

Named winner of the Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's outstanding defenseman.

1968
May 16

Named to the first NHL All-Star Team.

1968
June 8

Attended the first "Bobby Orr Day" celebrations in Parry Sound.  The parade started at 1:30 p.m. from the Department of Lands and Forests installation on Bay St. and proceed to the High School, where the reception was held.

1968
June 17

His left knee bothering him again, he went back to surgery with Dr. John Palmer at the Toronto General Hospital. A bone chip was removed that was left behind during his operation in February.

1968
August

Orr signed a three-year, $250,000 contract with the Bruins.

1968
November 13

Maple Leafs Brian Conacher hit him with the stick on the bridge of his nose. He received three stitches to close the wound. Boston 1 at Toronto 1

1968
November 14

Had two separate fights with Gary Dornhoefer of the Philadelphia Flyers. Boston 2 at Philadelphia 4

1968
December 14

Recorded his 1st three goal game and also the first game in which he had more than two points (3 goals + 2 assists for 5 points). The goals were all assisted by Ed Westfall and scored on goalie Dave Dryden. Chicago 5 at Boston 10

1968
December 22

Recorded the 100th point of his regular season career, a goal against Tony Esposito. It was his 138th game. Montreal 5 at Boston 7




Timeline 1969


1969
January 21

Appeared in second straight All-Star game. East and West All-Stars tied 3-3 at Montreal. Orr wore sweater number 2. He did not have any points or penalties.

1969
January 30

During the game against the Kings at the Forum, he was skating backwards on a routine play when his left skate caught in a crack on the ice.  His knee twisted and he felt the twinge instantly, but he stayed in the game till the end. This knee injury caused him to miss the next 9 games. Boston 7 at Los Angeles 5

1969
February 3

Appeared on the front cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine for the 2nd time.

1969
March 3
Attended the Bobby Orr Hockey Show at the Merrimac Valley Forum in Billerica, MA. Profits were donated to the Greater Lowell Youth Hockey Program.
1969
March 15

Recorded one assist, his 60th point of the season which established a record for most points by a defenseman in one season. The old mark of 59 was set by Pierre Pilote of Chicago in 1964-65. Boston 4 at Toronto 7

1969
March 20

Scored his 21st goal of the season, a record for a defenseman, breaking the mark set by William Hollett of Detroit in 1944-45. Oddly enough it was Orr's 21st birthday. The goal was scored against Dennis DeJordy. Chicago 5 at Boston 5

1969
March 30

Finished regular season with 64 points, including 21 goals, both records for a defenseman. Played 67 games.

1969
April 2

With the Bruins leading the Maple Leafs 6-0, in a game they would eventually win 10-0, Leaf defenseman Pat Quinn caught Bobby Orr with an elbow to the face touching off one of most memorable brawls in the storied history of the Boston Garden. It was the first game of the best of seven NHL playoffs at Boston Garden. Toronto 0 at Boston 10

1969
April 5

In this third playoff game against the Maple Leafs, he had 2 assists. Boston 4 at Toronto 3

1969
April 20

Scored first Stanley Cup playoff goal against Montreal. It was at 18:13,3rd period, against Rogatien Vachon and was the game winning goal. John Bucyk and Ed Westfall assisted.
Montreal 2 at Boston 4

1969
April 28

Won the Norris Memorial Trophy for second straight season as most outstanding defenseman.

1969
May 9

Named to the First NHL All-Star team for the second straight year.

1969
July 17

Played in 1st American Airlines Golf Tournament held at the Board of Trade Country Club in Woodbridge, Ontario.

1969
July 18

Played in 1st American Airlines Golf Tournament held at the Board of Trade Country Club in Woodbridge, Ontario.

1969
July 19

Played in 1st American Airlines Golf Tournament held at the Board of Trade Country Club in Woodbridge, Ontario.

1969
July 20

Played in 1st American Airlines Golf Tournament held at the Board of Trade Country Club in Woodbridge, Ontario.

1969
August
Rented a house in Lynnfield, MA along with Eddie Johnston, Gary Doak and trainer Frosty Forristall for the upcoming season.
1969
October 15

Credited with three assists in one game for the first time in his NHL career. Oakland 0 at Boston 6

1969
October 24

Had three assists, including the 100th of his career. It was in the 180th regular season game. Boston at Oakland 4-2

1969
November 16

Had 4 assists in one game for the first time in his NHL career. Los Angeles 4 at Boston 7

1969
November 27

Had two goals and three assists against the Flyers. Philadelphia 4 at Boston 6

1969
December 20

Had five assists in one game. Boston 6 at Pittsburgh 4

1969
December 28

Had one goals and three assists against the Flyers. Philadelphia 4 at Boston 5







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