BOBBY ORR Timeline 1970-1979


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Timeline 1970


1970
January 15

Had two assists, raising his season's total to a record 51. Former mark of 50 was set by Pat Stapleton of Chicago in 1968-69. It was Orr's 40th game of the season. Los Angeles 3 at Boston 6

1970
January 18

Scored one goal and had one assist to raise season's point total to a record 65 by a defenseman, including 13 goals. It broke his own mark of 64 set in 1968-69. The assist was his 200th regular season point. It was Orr's 42nd game of the season and 216th of his career. Montreal 3 at Boston 6

1970
January 19

Attended the 23rd annual All-Star Banquet. He received the James Norris Trophy for the outstanding defenseman for 1968-1969 season.

1970
January 20

Appeared in third straight All-Star game. East defeated West 4-1 at St.Louis. Orr wore sweater number 4. He did not have any points or penalties.

1970
January 25

NHL President Clarence Campbell presented Orr with the Norris Trophy as the league's outstanding defenseman and awarded both the Art Ross Scoring Trophy and the Hart Most Valuable Player award to Esposito during an on ice ceremony before the game.

1970
February 1

This game against the Maple Leafs saw both benches clear for a long brawl. In the second period Bobby paid retribution to Pat Quinn for the hit he put on him during last season's playoff game. The picture of Orr on top of Quinn behind the Leafs goal was published in Life magazine 26 days later. Toronto 6 at Boston 7

1970
February 5

Scored twice on Flyers Bernie Parent. Philadelphia 1 at Boston 5

1970
February 18

Scored one goal to raise season's total to a record 22 by a defenseman, breaking his mark of 21 set in 1968-69. It was against goalie Wayne Rutledge and was in Orr's 56th game. Boston 5 at Los Angeles 5

1970
March 15

Scored two goals and had two assists to raise point totals for season to 101. It was Orr's 67th game. Detroit 5 at Boston 5

1970
March 22

Had two goals and two assists. Assist total of 78 broke record of 77 set by Phil Esposito in 1968-69. It was Orr's 70th game. Minnesota 0 at Boston 5

1970
April 5

Had one assist in final game of season. Became first defenseman to win scoring title (Art Ross Trophy). Had 33 goals and 87 assists,120 points in 76 games. Toronto 1 at Boston 3

1970
April 16

Scored two goals to raise his year's playoff goal total to a record 7 by a defenseman, breaking the mark of 5 that he shared with Earl Seibert (Chicago,1938 in 10 games) and Red Kelly (Detroit,1954 in 12 games). The goals came against Ed Giacomin. It was Orr's sixth game of that year's playoffs.
Boston 4 at NY Rangers 1

1970
April 21
Scored the first goal in the 2nd game of the Semi-Finals. Boston 4 at Chicago Blackhawks 1
1970
May 4

Appeared on the front cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine for the 3rd time.

1970
May 5

In the second game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he had two assists to raise year's playoff total to 18 points, a record for a defenseman on one playoff year. Broke mark Orr shared with Tim Horton, who set the mark with Toronto in 1962 (3+13). Orr's 18 points included 8 goals. Boston 6 at St.Louis 2

1970
May 8

Named winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the regular season, the first defenseman to win the award in 26 seasons. He also won the Norris Memorial trophy for the third straight season.

1970
May 10

Scored the Stanley Cup winning goal at 40 seconds of OT against Glenn Hall to give Bruins a 4-3 win against St.Louis at Boston. Bruins won the final series in four straight games. Orr had at least one point in each of the 14 games for a playoff consecutive -point scoring record.

1970
May 10

Orr was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs, making him the first player in NHL history to win four individual awards in one season.

1970
May 11

Bobby Orr was flanked by teammates John Adams, Don Marcotte and Bill Speer while riding in their car during the victory parade for the Boston Bruins down Washington St. in downtown Boston.

1970
May 21

Selected unanimously to the first All-Star team, his third straight selection to the first team.

1970
May 28

Participated in the final day of the American Airlines N.H.L. Player's Golf Tournament.

1970
May 31
Attended the 1st Bobby Orr Day at the Colonial Hilton Inn in Lynnfield, MA. The town honoured him 2 weeks after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. A handful of other Bruins players were also at hand for the celebrations.
1970
June 1

Won Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian Athlete Of The Year. This award is handed out annually by the Toronto Star.

1970
July 4
Attended the Parry Sound Bobby Orr Day celebrations. Festivities for the day included a viewing of Orr’s trophies, a civic luncheon, a parade, a meet and greet with various hockey stars, a band concert, a testimorial dinner and finally a street dance.
1970
November 28

One assist raised his career total to 200 assists. It was his 271st regular season game. 
Boston 3 at NY Rangers 3

1970
December 13

One goal and two assists. The goal was the 300th point of Orr's career.
It was in his 279th game. Detroit 2 at Boston 6

1970
December 16

Orr was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, the only hockey player to achieve the honor in the 17-year history of the award.

1970
December 21

Appeared on the front cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine for the 4th time.




Timeline 1971


1971
January 19

Appeared in fourth straight All-Star game. No points or assists. West vs. East at Boston 2-1

1971
January 24

Had 1 goal and 2 assists to extend consecutive-points streak to 18 games. Orr had 9 goals, 26 assists and 35 points during the streak. Montreal 2 at Boston 4

1971
January 31

Scored two goals, his second, at 9:09 of 2nd period against Glenn Hall, was the 100th of his career. John Bucyk and Phil Esposito assisted. It was his 299th game. St.Louis 0 at Boston 6

1971
March 10

Scored two goals to raise his season's total to a record 34, by a defenseman, breaking his mark of 33 in 1969-70. The record breaking goal came at the 56 second mark of the 3rd  period against Chris Worthy. Ed Westfall assisted. Boston 8 at California 1

1971
March 11

Scored one goal and had three assists to break two records. His 3rd assist, on a power-play by John Bucyk at 6:11 of the 3rd period and also assisted by John McKenzie, was his 88th of the season, breaking his all-time mark of 87 set in 1969-70. His 2nd assist, on a goal by Wayne Carleton and also assisted by Mike Walton at 12:04 of the 2nd period, was his 121st point of the season, a record for defensemen.
Boston 7 at Los Angeles 2

1971
March 20

Had a three point game against Bruce Gamble and the Flyers. Philadelphia 3 at Boston 5

1971
April 4

Orr had two assists to finish the season with a record 102 assists and two records for defensemen - 37 goals and 139 points. Orr finished second in the scoring race behind teammate Phil Esposito, who had a record 152 points, including a record 76 goals. Montreal 2 at Boston 7

1971
April 10

Was restrained by teammates after he was given his fourth misconduct when he went after referee John Ashley. Orr was given a minor holding penalty and debated the call enroute to the penalty box. Orr had scored one goal, and set up another before being tossed from the game. Boston 3 at Montreal 1

1971
April 11

Orr scored 3 goals, the only time since 1927 that a defenseman had done so in a Stanley Cup playoff game. Ken Dryden was the goalie. Boston 5 at Montreal 2

1971
May 10

Orr was named winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL for the second straight season, only the second defenseman to win the award at least twice - Another Bruin, Eddie Shore won it four times. Orr was also the winner of the Norris Memorial Trophy for a fourth straight time. That equaled the consecutive string by Montreal's Doug Harvey.

1971
May 28

Orr was named to the first All-Star team for a fourth straight season. It was the second straight season he was a unanimous choice.

1971
June

For the season, the Bruins gave Orr a solid gold puck, one of four they gave out to Bruins players - to each of the four Bruins who scored over 100 points that season - Esposito, Orr, Johnny Bucyk and Ken Hodge. Orr later gave his puck to Alan Eagleson. In 2007, Eagleson sold the puck in an auction of memorabilia for C$16,500.

1971
August 26

Boston Bruins President Weston Adams Jr., announced at a news conference that Orr signed a five-year contract in February, worth an estimated one million dollars, making him the highest-paid player in the National Hockey League. This deal was intended to shelter Orr's tax rate from more than 50% to 25%. On an annual basis, Orr personally received $120,000 from Boston, with the Bruins also buying $80,000 yearly in Bobby Orr Enterprises shares.

1971
October 20

Had one goal and two assists. The goal, at 1:41 of the 1st period, assisted by Phil Esposito and scored against Al Smith, was the 400th point of Orr's regular season career. It was his 333rd game.
Detroit at Boston 3-4.

1971
November 14

Scored three goals for the second time in his regular season career. Also had three assists for his first six point game. The goals came against Garry Edwards. Los Angeles 2 at Boston 11

1971
November 20

Had two assists, including the 300th of his regular season career. It was Orr's 346th game.
Chicago 1 at Boston 2

1971
November 25

Had one goal and three assists against the Flyers. Philadelphia 2 at Boston 4




Timeline 1972


1972
January 25

Played in his fifth straight All-Star game. Orr and Dallas Smith assisted on Phil Esposito's game winning goal as the East defeated the West 3-2 at Bloomington, Minnesota

1972
February 15

Orr had four assists in the 1st period, tying a record for most assists in a period. It was set by Buddy O'Connor of Montreal Nov.8,1942,and equaled by nine other players prior to Orr's feat.
California at Boston 3-6

1972
March 11

Orr scored one goal and had two assists. Orr's goal, at 17:13 of the 2nd period on a power-play and assisted by John Bucyk and John McKenzie against Les Binkley, was the 500th regular season point of Orr's career. It was his 396th game. Boston at Pittsburgh 4-6

1972
April 2

Although he missed the final two games of the season with a minor knee injury, Orr finished second again to Phil Esposito in the scoring race. Orr had a record tying 37 goals for a defenseman and 80 assists for 117 points, 16 fewer than Esposito. His 80 assists meant he had the top three highest assist totals by any player in NHL history. He was the first player to have three consecutive 100 point seasons.

1972
April 25

Had three assists, boosting his playoff year total to a record 15,by a defenseman, breaking the mark set by Pat Stapleton of Chicago and J.C. Tremblay of Montreal in 1971. Boston at St.Louis 5-3

1972
May 4

Orr scored at 1:10 of the 2nd period, assisted by Dallas Smith and Wayne Cashman against Ed Giacomin. It was his 17th playoff goal, breaking the career record for defensemen of 16 set by Red Kelly of Detroit in 94 playoff games. It was Orr's 47th playoff game. Boston at NY Rangers 2-5

1972
May 5

Orr became the first player in NHL history to be awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player three straight seasons. He also became the first player to win the Norris Memorial Trophy five straight years. Jacques Plante of Montreal, who won the Vezina Trophy five straight seasons between 1956 and 1960,was the only other player in NHL history to win any
award five straight seasons.

1972
May 7

Scored two goals and one assist, giving him a record 22 points for a defenseman in one playoff year. Orr set the previous mark of 20 in 1970. It was his 13th game of the playoffs.
Boston at NY Rangers 3-2.

1972
May 11

Orr scored the Stanley Cup winning goal at 11:18 of the 1st period assisted by Ken Hodge and John Bucyk as Bruins defeated NY Rangers 3-0 at New York to win the final series four games to two. He thus became only the fourth player to score two Cup winning goals. the other three were all Montreal players (Toe Blake, Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard). Orr finished in a tie with Phil Esposito for the points lead in the playoffs, each with 24. Orr's totals included 19 assists. Both his assist and point totals being records for a defenseman in one year. Orr was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs, the first time any player had won the award twice.

1972
May 18

Orr was named to the All-Star team for a fifth straight season.

1972
June

Orr underwent the third operation on his left knee. It kept him from participating in the team Canada-Soviet Union series in September and he also missed the first four games of the 1972-73 season.

1972
August 23
Works out at the training camp for Team Canada for the first time, held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1972
October 21

Orr returned to the Bruins lineup and received one assist. He played the next three games, getting a point in each, and then had to sit out the next nine games.

1972
November 18

Orr returned to the Bruins lineup and missed only one game the rest of the season (March 4).

1972
December 21

Orr had two assists. His first, at 1:06 of the 2nd period on Garnet Bailey's shorthanded goal, was the 541st point of his career. That broke the career record by a defenseman, set by Doug Harvey of Montreal, NY Rangers, Detroit and St.Louis, who had 540 points in 1113 games. It was Orr's 423rd regular season game. Detroit at Boston 1-8.

1972
December 21

Proposed to his girlfriend Peggy Wood and gave her an engagement ring.




Timeline 1973


1973
January 1

Orr had six assists, tying the record for most assists in a game by a defenseman. Babe Pratt of Toronto had set the mark on Jan 8,1944 and Pat Stapleton of Chicago had equaled it March 30,1969.
Boston 8 at Vancouver 2

1973
January 4

Orr's goal, at 19:25 of the 2nd period, assisted by Dallas Smith and Fred Stanfield and scored against Jacques Caron ,was the 163rd of his regular season career. That broke the career record by a defenseman, set by Red Kelly of Detroit in 846 games. It was Orr's 428th game. Boston 2 at St.Louis 4

1973
January 25

Had two assists, the second being the 400th of his regular season career. It was his 437th game.
Detroit 4 at Boston 2

1973
January 30

Orr played in his sixth straight All-Star game. He had one minor penalty. East 5 vs. West 4 at New York

1973
February 15

Had three points in the game versus the Flyers. Boston 3 at Philadelphia 1

1973
March 18

Orr had a goal and two assists. The goal, at 12:11 of the 3rd period, assisted by Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge against Dan Bouchard, was the 600th point of Orr's regular season career. It was his 461st game. Atlanta 1 at Boston 7

1973
March 31

Orr scored three goals for the third time in his regular season career. His third goal, at 15:19 of the third period, unassisted, was his 100th point of the season, the fourth straight time he had reached that total. The goals were against Gord McRae. Boston 3 at Toronto 7

1973
April 1

Orr had one assist in the final game of the regular season, giving him 101 points, including 29 goals, and a third place finish in the scoring race behind Phil Esposito of Boston (130) and Bobby Clarke of Philadelphia (104). Orr only played in 63 games. Montreal 5 at Boston 3

1973
April 10

NY Rangers defeated Boston 6-3 at Boston, eliminating Bruins from the quarter final round in five games. Orr plagued by an injury had one goal and one assist, his only points in the five games.

1973
May 18

Orr won the Norris Memorial Trophy for a record six straight time, the first time any player had won an individual award six seasons in a row.

1973
June 12

Orr was named to the first All-Star team for a six straight season.

1973
September 8

Married Peggy Wood, a high school teacher from Detroit and former speech therapist. The wedding took place in Parry Sound.

1973
September 11

Made a surprise visit to the Boston Bruins training camp as he took part in an hour-long skating drill.

1973
November 14

Orr failed to get at least one point in a game for the first time in the season. In his previous 15 games, he had scored 8 goals, added 16 assists for 24 points. Boston 4 at Montreal 3

1973
November 15

After failing to get a point at Montreal. Orr set a record for most points by a defenseman in one game when he scored three goals and had four assists. It was his fourth three goal game in regular season play. He broke the record which he shared with several other players of six points. The goals were scored against Ed Giacomin. Amazingly enough Orr was on the ice for all 10 Bruins goals.
NY Rangers 2 at Boston 10

1973
November 17

Orr had four assists. The first, on a goal by Andre Savard and also assisted by Chris Oddleifson at 5:11 of the 2nd period, was Orr's 453rd in regular season play. That broke the career record by a defenseman of 452 assists by Doug Harvey in 1113 games. It was Orr's 458th game. Detroit 0 at Boston 8

1973
December 9

Orr recorded a goal with 1:22 to play in the third period. Boston 3 at Philadelphia 3

1973
December

Several newspapers published a photo of Bobby ans Peggy at a Christmas skating party. The cutline below the picture said that the new Mrs. Orr was expecting the couple's first child.




Timeline 1974


1974
February 9

Returned from his thigh injury and had 3 assists and 7 shots on net. The win extend Boston's unbeaten streak in this series to 27 (23-0-4) games. Philadelphia 3 at Boston 5

1974
February 16

Orr had one assist, the 700th regular season point for him. The assist was on Don Marcotte's goal at 18:55 of the 1st period. Terry O'Reilly also assisted. It was Orr's 518th game. Boston 5 at Los Angeles 2

1974
February 28

Orr had two assists, the second one, on a goal by Terry O'Reilly at 4:08 of the 2nd period, being his 500th in regular season play. It was Orr's 522nd game. Detroit 1 at Boston 8

1974
March 12

Orr had one assist to reach the 100 point mark for a fifth straight season. He had 26 goals and 74 assists. Buffalo 0 at Boston 4

1974
March 21

Orr scored three goals for the fifth time in a regular season game. The first two goals were against Wayne Stephenson and the third against Jim Watt. Prior to the game, Orr had promised a 16-year old boy, gravely ill with a rare disease, that he would score at least one goal for him. St.Louis 0 at Boston 7

1974
March 30

Fought Dave Schultz and got a 5 minute major penalty. Boston 3 at Philadelhia 5

1974
April 7

Orr had six points, the fourth time in his career he had at least that many in one game. His two goals and four assists gave him totals of 32 goals and 90 assists - second only to his 102 in 1970-71 - and 122 points. For the fourth time in five seasons, he finished no worse than second in the scoring race. His teammate Phil Esposito was the leader with 145 points. Toronto 4 at Boston 6

1974
May 7

In the 1st game of the Stanley Cup finals against the Flyers, his controversial goal, set up by from Ken Hodge, with 22 seconds left in regulation, on a 30-footer that trickled between Bernie Parent's pads on a possible deflection in front, gave Boston a win. He had 6 shots on net. Philadelphia 2 at Boston 3

1974
May 16

In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Orr scored twice in the second period and recorded points on Boston's first three goals. Philadelphia 1 at Boston 5

1974
May 19

Orr played in his last final series game. With 2:22 to play, a frustrated Bobby Orr was penalized, a questionable call, for holding Bobby Clarke on a potential scoring play. Philadelphia Flyers defeated Boston in the sixth game of the series to win the Stanley Cup for a second straight season. The Flyers' Joe Watson offered Orr, his best friend, champagne after the game but the Bruins' star, despite playing 35:19, refused saying he didn't earn it. Orr had 4 goals and a playoff year leading 14 assists for 18 points in the 16 games he played. Boston 0 at Philadelphia 1

1974
June 10

Orr was named to the first All-Star team for a record tying seventh straight year. He was a unanimous choice. Only Doug Harvey of Montreal (1952-58) and Bobby Hull of Chicago (1964-70) had been named to first teams seven straight years prior to Orr.

1974
June 11

Orr was named winner of the Norris Memorial Trophy for a seventh straight season to become the only fourth player in NHL history to win an award seven times. It was the 13th individual award won by Orr, an all-time record by any player.

1974
August

Bobby and Peggy's first son, Darren, was born, no pictures of the baby were provided to the press. That's the way Bobby wanted it.

1974
October 23

Orr scored three goals, the sixth three goal game of his regular season career. The goals were against Gary Inness. Boston 5 at Pittsburgh 5

1974
November 7

Orr recorded his seventh three goal game as he scored twice against Ron Low and once against Michel Belhumeur. He also had three assists for his fifth six or more points game. Washington 4 at Boston 10

1974
December 22

Orr had a goal and an assist. The power-play goal, at 50 seconds of the 1st period, assisted by Phil Esposito and John Bucyk against Jim Rutherford, was the  800th regular season point of Orr's career. It was his 575th game. Detroit 4 at Boston 5




Timeline 1975


1975

January 21

Orr, playing in his seventh All-Star game, scored his first All-Star goal. It was the final one if the game, assisted by Guy Lafleur of Montreal and Darryl Sittler of Toronto, at 7:19 of the 3rd period. Gary Smith of Vancouver was the goaltender. It was Orr's final appearance in an All-Star game. Prince of Wales Conference vs. Clarence Campbell Conference 7-1

1975
January 30

Orr scored three goals and one assist. It was his eight three goal game of his regular season career. The goals were scored against Gilles Meloche. California 0 at Boston 6

1975
February 2

Orr had 1 goal and 4 assists against the Flyers. Philadelphia 1 at Boston 5

1975
February 13

Orr assisted on a goal by Bobby Schmautz at 16:48 of the 3rd period. It was his 100th point of the season (33 goals,67 assists) and the sixth straight time he had attained that mark, the only player at that time to do so. Boston 1 at Buffalo 3

1975
March 9

Orr scored one goal and had three assists to claim two more milestones. The goal, a power-play one at 7:32 of the 3rd period -- assisted by Phil Esposito against Dan Bouchard -- was Orr's 38th of the season, breaking his record for defensemen of 37 goals set in 1970-71 and equaled in 1971-72. The first assist, on a power-play goal by Carol Vadnais, also assisted by John Bucyk at 11:26 of the 1st period, was Orr's 600th regular season assist. It was his 618th game. Atlanta 2 at Boston 5

1975
March 22

Orr scored three goals and one assist. It was his ninth and final three goal game of his regular season career. The goals were against Ron Low. Washington 2 at Boston 8

1975
April 6

Orr had 2 goals and 1 assist to finish the season with a record 46 goals by a defenseman, 89 assists and 135 points to win his second scoring title. He finished 8 points ahead of runner-up Phil Esposito. Orr played in all 80 games for Bruins, only the third time he had played a complete season.
Toronto 4 at Boston 4

1975
April 11

Orr played his final playoff game as Boston was eliminated by Chicago in three games in a preliminary round. Hawks won the game 6-4. Orr had one assist, giving him one goal and five assists in the three game series. Orr's totals of 26 goals and 66 assists and 92 points in 74 games were the most ever attained by a defenseman in Stanley Cup playoff history

1975
June 16

Orr set a record of eight straight selections to the first All-Star team when he was named to a defense position. Voting for him was unanimous. It was his last selection to an All-Star team.

1975
June 18

Orr became the first player in NHL history to win the same individual award eight times as he was named the recipient of the Norris Memorial Trophy for an eight straight season. It was the last NHL individual playing award Orr received.

1975
July 22

Attended a Skate-A-Thon for charity in Richmond Hill, Ontario

1975
September 20

Before the season started Orr underwent a fourth operation on his left knee. He missed the first 12 games of the 1975-76 season.

1975
September 22

Suffered career shattering knee injury in training camp.

1975
November 8

Orr returned to the Bruins lineup and had 2 assists. Boston 2 at Vancouver 4

1975
November 16

Orr failed to get a point, the only game in which this happened among the 10 he would play that season. Kansas City 2 at Boston 4

1975

November 26

Orr's final game as a Boston Bruin. He scored one goal and had one assist, giving him a total 5 goals,13 assits,18 points in 10 games. His assist was on a power-play goal by Jean Ratelle at 5:48 of the 1st period. Ken Hodge also assisted. His final Boston goal was at 34 seconds of the 2nd period, assisted by Ratelle and scored against John Davidson, Detroit 3 at Boston 7

1975
November 29

Orr had a fifth operation on his left knee. While recovering, he announced he would stay off the ice for seven to eight weeks to give his knee sufficient time to strengthen. However, his knee did not respond to therapy and he returned home to Parry Sound. His season was over after ten games and he would not play again for the Bruins.




Timeline 1976


1976
June 1

Boston Buins Jeremy Jacobs offered $295,000 a year for 5 years with Orr also to receive, on June 1st 1980, either a $925,000 payment or an 18.5% ownership in the Bruins Club. Chicago offered $3 million over 6 years, $1.5 million of which was guaranteed even if Orr could not play out his contract. Because Orr was unable to play, he had volunteered to take a cut in his salary. Instead of earning $500,000 a year as the $3 million contract had called for, he accepted a $200,000 interest-free loan from the Blackhawks to buy a house in Chicago, and then agreed to accept $150,000 anually until the $1.5 million guarantee had been paid.

1976
June 7
Eagleson turned down the Boston Bruins offer and was quoted in the Toronto Star as saying "Boston offered a five-year deal at US$925,000 or 18.6 percent ownership of the club in 1980. I didn't think it would be wise for him to be a player-owner."
1976
June 8
Chicago offered a five-year guaranteed contract with the Black Hawks which Bobby Orr officially signed.
1976
June 9

After Orr had signed with Chicago, Eagleson told the Toronto Globe and Mail that the Bruin offer was "a five-year offer for US$295,000 a year. In addition, Orr was to receive US$925,000 in cash payable in June 1980. That was to be a cash payment or involve Orr's receiving 18.6 percent of the Bruins stock."

1976
August 4

Held a press conference with Chicago Black Hawks General Manager Tommy Ivan after signing a contract with the Black Hawks estimated at $3 million.

1976
September 2

Orr returned to action as a member of Team Canada in the Canada Cup series. He had three assists and two minor penalties as Canada won the opening game, 11-2 against Finland.

1976
September 15

Orr played in the seventh and final game of the Canada Cup series. Canada defeated Czechoslovakia in OT to win the best of three final 2-0. In the seven games, Orr scored 2 goals and had 7 assists for 9 points and a share of the individual scoring lead with Viktor Zhluktov of the Soviet Union and teammate Denis Potvin. Orr was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

1976
October 7

Orr played in his first game as a Chicago Black Hawk. He scored one goal and had one assist. His first point was the assist, on a goal by Pit Martin at 1:32 of the 1st period. His goal was at 1:27 of the 2nd period against Ed Staniowski. Chicago 6 at St.Louis 4

1976
October 19

Orr missed his first game because of his ailing left knee. He would miss most of the season, returning only periodically.

1976
October 24

Orr scored two goals, his first at 20 seconds of the 1st period, assisted by Jim Harrison against Ed Johnston, was the 900th regular season point of his career. It was his 638th game.
St.Louis 2 at Chicago 7




Timeline 1977


1977
January 27

Orr played his final game of the 1976-77 season, failing to get a point for a second straight game. In 20 games with the Hawks, Orr scored 4 goals and had 19 assists for 23 points. he had 25 penalty minutes. Only five times did he not get at least one point. Chicago 1 at Vancouver 1

1977
March 8

Orr, after an examination of his knee, announced he would not be able to play any more during the 1976-77 season but said he was not contemplating retirement at that time.

1977
April 21

Orr underwent the sixth operation on his left knee and announced he would stay off the ice for at least a year to give the knee time to heal. He was then named an assistant to GM coach Bob Pulford.




Timeline 1978


1978
October 11

Orr played in his first game in 21 months. He didn't get any points or penalties but had three shots on goal. Atlanta 4 at Chicago 4

1978
October 19

Orr assisted on a goal by John Marks at 4:13 of the 1st period. Doug Hicks also assisted. It was Orr's last assist in the NHL. Minnesota 2 at Chicago 6

1978
October 28

Orr scored his last career goal against Detroit at 14:42 of the third period against Rogue Vachon. Ivan Boldirev and Alain Daigle assisted on the goal at the Olympia in Detroit. Chicago 2 at Detroit 7

1978
October 29

Plays his last game as Blackhawk. Montreal 1 at Chicago 4

1978
November 8

Orr officially announced his retirement as a player at a news conference in Chicago. His final totals were 657 games, 270 goals, 645 assists, 915 points, 953 penalty minutes.




Timeline 1979


1979
January
After announcing his retirement he attended the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives and was given a five-minute standing ovation.
1979
January 9

Preceding an exhibition game between the Bruins and Soviet Wings. The Boston Bruins held "Bobby Orr Night". When Bobby was introduced, the Boston Garden fans rose to their feet and rooted, cheered and applauded for twelve minutes and would not let Mr. Orr speak. Finally the noise decreased enough to raise the #4 banner to the rafters of the historic Boston Garden while Bobby and his family looked on. It was the first time that his mother was at the Gardens. She never went to see him play as she was always afraid he would get injured.

1979
February 6
Attended the NHL Challenge Cup Luncheon held at the Starlight Ballroom in Waldorf Astoria, New York City at 12:30PM. He was presented with the 1979 Lester Patrick Trophy for"oustanding service to hockey in the United Sates of America".
1979
June 12

Orr was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1979
June 25

Appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his services to sports in Canada.

1979
August 23
Attended the Oshawa Bobby Orr day celebrations. Besides the usual parade and luncheon, a celebrity golf tournament was held.
1979
September 12

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with the mandatory three-year waiting period waived, making him the youngest inductee at 31 years of age.

1979
October 4

Visited the New York NHL offices to meet with President John Ziegler Jr. and was given a League Emblem designating him as a Special Assistant to the President of the National Hockey League.

 





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