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Praise for ORR: MY STORY
“A must-read for anyone who fondly remembers the glory years of the Big Bad Bruins . . . Read ORR. It’s like reminiscing with an old friend.”—The Sun Chronicle
Praise for Bobby Orr

“I’ve seen all the greats since the 1920s, and I’ve never seen a player with the skills of Orr.”—Clarence Campbell, former NHL president

“There’s stars, superstars, and then there’s Bobby Orr.”—Serge Savard, Montreal Canadiens

“I never knew a single player who could lift a team as Orr could.” —Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks

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One of the greatest sports figures of all time breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself.

He has never written a memoir, authorized a biography, or talked to journalists about his past, but now he is finally ready to tell his story.

Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest ever to play the game of hockey. From 1966 through the mid-seventies, he could change a game just by stepping on the ice. No defenseman had ever played the way he did, or received so many trophies, or set so many records, several of which still stand today.

But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. They don’t tell what it was like when the agent he regarded as a brother betrayed him and left him in financial ruin. They don’t tell what he thinks of the game of hockey today.

He is speaking out now because “I am a parent and a grandparent and I believe that I have lessons worth passing on.” Orr: My Story is more than a book about hockey—it is about the making of a man.

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A True Legend and his Humble Story 15 octobre 2013
Par D. Graves - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Over 30 years after he left hockey, Bobby Orr finally tells his story. If you know anything about the man, it was no surprise that he refrained from writing about himself for so long: he is the polar opposite of today's arrogant, self-promoting athlete eager to tell the world how great he is (or thinks he is); a humble, classy guy if there ever was one. And though he has now relented - after DECADES of self-imposed obscurity and silence - to write this book, don't expect any salacious stories of the Big Bad Bruins off the ice or passages about Orr's great feats on the ice: this is a straight-forward account of Robert Gordon Orr's life, as written by himself, with his usual modesty and discretion.

Not that this makes for a boring, just-the-facts, life story: it is, in fact, an engaging and fluid read, and interesting as hell. Well, to ME this is incredibly interesting stuff; whether or not you are a hockey fan, a Bruins fan, and/or a Bobby Orr fan will obviously impact your level of interest. As a lifelong hockey/Bruins/Orr fan who was 9 when Orr scored the 1970 overtime goal and who lived in a seaside town in Boston Harbor where several Bruins players lived (Doug Roberts lived a few houses away from me and I met many of the Bruins - but NOT Orr), I obviously have a higher level of interest. But the book is, in fact, lively and entertaining throughout, even for the casual reader. To a fan, it is so much more: because Orr never talked or wrote about himself previously (his two books in the 1970s were about hockey, the game, not about him), we had only a vague notion of his history. An entire 309-page book about Bobby Orr's life? Thank you, God.

From his childhood in Parry Sound, Ontario, where he delighted in the game of hockey at age 5 onwards, to his incredible teen years in Juniors (he signed his first pro hockey contract at age 14 and the contract stipulated - believe it or not - that his parents' house be stuccoed), to his debut in Boston at the age of 18 (as the highest-paid player in NHL history before he played even one NHL game), through the glory years, the bad knees, and then life after hockey (he was only 30 when it all ended), there are stories that even an Orr fan will be surprised by.

Though this is a mostly upbeat life story, there was darkness, aside from the bad knees and early end of his career: his agent since his youth, Alan Eagleson, not only stole a great deal of money from Orr but also stole Orr's Boston legacy as well. Every true Bruins and Bobby Orr fan remembers the dark day in 1976 when Orr - the very heart of the Bruins - signed with Chicago because he felt Boston was insulting him with their low offer. What no one knew - including Bobby Orr himself - was that the Bruins wanted so desperately to keep him that they offered partial ownership of the franchise in addition to their money offer. Eagleson hid this fact from Orr. But for the sleaziness of Alan Eagleson, Bobby Orr would have been a Bruin to the end.

I highly recommend the book to fans and the casual reader alike: this is a sports legend - considered by many as the greatest hockey player of all time - who is a genuinely nice guy, humble and modest, and his life story should be required reading for all young phenoms on the verge of turning pro. Act like THIS guy, not like all the others.

As a book dealer and Top 500 Reviewer, I am offered advance copies on a daily basis and hardly ever accept them. I read what I want to read. However, in this case, I desperately sought out an advance copy and got one. The review would be exactly the same had I paid for a copy.
28 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A closer look at the life of a hockey legend 18 octobre 2013
Par Bostonian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'm glad that Bobby Orr decided to write this book, as so many Bruin fans have been waiting for it to happen. In typical Orr fashion, there is no juicy gossip or stories of wild, late night parties. Instead, he gives readers the story of his childhood and entire hockey career. Orr's grandfather emigrated from Ireland to Ontario, and that's where Bobby's life begins. Bobby was the middle child of five children, and money was tight. The floors in their Parry Sound home were uneven, and the house was always freezing in the winter. The Orr family only gathered in the living room once a year on Christmas Day, as they couldn't afford to heat that room the rest of the year. His happiest childhood memories are of playing hockey on the frozen lake with his friends. There would often be 20 kids on the ice, and it taught them how to handle the puck well. With no adult supervision, the boys also had to learn how to get along and make their own rules. When he joined the squirt league, his coach didn't have enough kids for each position. He ended up playing Bobby in different positions, and Orr feels that this really helped him become the hockey player the world came to know. Bobby thinks that hockey for young children should not be focused on winning. The kids should go out and have fun, and each child should get a chance to play so that they can develop their skills. There are also cute stories. Bobby's mother's choice of discipline was a broom. He talks about the time that she caught him smoking under a bridge near their house, and how she dragged him home by the arm. It was not pretty! He never smoked under that bridge again. We also hear about the sacrifices that players and their families make. Bobby had to leave home as a young teenager and stay with other families, and would sometimes cry himself to sleep at night from loneliness. He kept his grades up in school okay, but did not end up finishing high school. Hockey was his life at that time. He takes us through his entire career with the Bruins, and the glory of winning the Stanley Cup. I had kind of hoped he would talk a bit about what it was like to be the most famous person in Boston at that time, and how that affected his daily life. Bobby goes into detail about what he went through with his knees. Being forced to quit hockey at age 30 was devastating. Bobby lost his health and his career, and didn't think things could get any worse. Little did he know at the time, that he lost a lot more than that. He was almost broke, which brings me to the chapter on Alan Eagleson. Orr looked on Eagleson as a brother, and would never have believed how badly this man would end up betraying him. The deal with the Bruins would have given him part ownership of the team, which would be worth millions today. Eagleson never informed him of this, and said that Chicago offered a better deal. By the time Orr ended his relationship with Eagleson, he was basically broke and owed a pile of money in taxes. Orr admits that there was a time that if he ever found himself alone in a room with Eagleson, he does not know what he would have done. He hurt Bobby and his family so badly, and the anger was eating away at him. Orr says that he has now gotten over that anger. However, his experience with Eagleson changed him as a person. Bobby is more suspicious of people than he ever was before. It's good to know that he has now recovered his losses and owns a successful business. Being a grandfather is the greatest joy of his life these days. He also had both knees replaced, and wishes he had done so sooner. This is a great book for any hockey fan, and I highly recommend it!
29 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A STORY 35 YEARS TOO LATE! 16 octobre 2013
Par the ReviewNotes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
It is unthinkable in modern sport history for a player regarded as one of the greatest players - perhaps, the greatest ever - to ever play a particular discipline of sport to keep mum for nearly 35 years. It is a testament to his impeccable integrity and moral uprightness. Think of his achievements as a player: over 35 and more years ago he set so many records, several of which still stand today. Betrayal and mismanagement of his finances left him in ruins but he maintained a dignified silence through it all.

Thirty-five years after retiring from the game that he loved more than life Bobby Orr's Orr: My Story (Putnam Adult, October 2013) may be a story that comes 35 years too late but it the story of a man who has lessons worth passing on. It is a readable, highly enjoyable book that records both the lows and highs of Orr's stunning career. If you are an Orr's or a Bruin's fan, you'd enjoy this book of an amazing player.
21 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Bobby is so humble that this book is boring. 11 novembre 2013
Par David Baron - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Bobby is awesome. And as so many have said, as great a hockey player as he was, he's an even better person. He's humble to a fault, and that's probably the biggest problem with this book. These ARE his words. The way he speaks in public. It's somewhat interesting, but really NOT the story an Orr hockey fan wants to read. Very little about his glory days with those great Bruins teams. He tells us those were great times, but really doesn't show us much detail. There is NOTHING exciting in this book. There's frankly much more about how parents and coaches of youth hockey need to view child/young players. The last thing on earth Bobby Orr is, or would ever want to be, is preachy, but those sections of the book that talk about how athletes and parents should conduct themselves almost start to feel that way. Nothing will ever diminish my admiration for Bobby Orr, and I'm glad I read this, because it adds to the picture of who he is, but as a book, it's pretty boring.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A totally class act! 20 octobre 2013
Par Paul Tognetti - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"What I didn't foresee--what maybe no young man can foresee--was the way those injuries would accumulate and chip away at me. Throughout my career, I had assumed I was indestructible. I was only twenty-eight. I certainly did not think of myself as old. Even with all of the surgeries as the years went by, I felt I could simply put in the rehab work once the doctors were finished fixing me up, and I would go on playing. It wasn't easy to accept that I was wrong." -- page 183

It wasn't always this way for Number Four. When Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr signed his first professional contract with the Boston Bruins in 1966 at the tender age of 18 he would become the highest paid rookie in the history of the NHL...and for good reason. Up until that time no one thought that a defenseman could actually control the puck and skate with it instead of just clearing it out of the zone. Over the next few years Bobby Orr would revolutionize the game of hockey. Here was a gifted young athlete with exceptional skating ability, extraordinary instincts and amazing poise and maturity to boot. He was the total package. Over the years Bobby Orr turned back all kinds of offers to tell his story. Being a man of great modesty he didn't think anyone would be interested. In 2010 Bobby finally acquiesced and began work on his autobiography. "Orr: My Story" turns out to be a surprisingly revealing and highly entertaining book. Bobby bares his soul about the ups and downs of being a professional athlete, the injuries that would ultimately cut short his career and many of the most important relationships in his life. To my way of thinking Bobby Orr is a class act and has a number of very important things to say in this book.

If you take nothing else away from "Orr: My Story" it is his genuine love of the game he so excelled at. In the opening chapter of the book Bobby recalls "In the winter months, we could generally be found out on the bay playing hockey, but we would play anywhere we could find some open space. It didn't matter if we ended up on the bay, in a parking lot, on the river, or at the Victory school rink. As long as we could play we were happy." It was at all of these venues in his hometown of Parry Sound, ON that the future Hall of Famer would hone his skills. The Orr's were a family of modest means. Just about everyone agrees that his parents Doug and Arva instilled the right values in their son. He never allowed his incredible success get to his head nor did he ever seek special treatment. It was a joy to read about his experiences as a very young player in the "minors" and about his four years with the Oshawa Generals in the Metro Junior A League. I learned an awful lot about the sacrifices that must be made for a young man to become a professional hockey player.

As you might expect, Bobby Orr devotes quite a bit of time to his 10 years as a member of the Boston Bruins. Bobby would set all kinds of records and win numerous awards as a player and you will read all about that in this book. But what Bobby cherishes most are the two Stanley Cup championships and the relationships with his teammates, some of which have lasted a lifetime. Growing up in New England I remember a good many of those names and Bobby's recollections brought back a flood of memories for me. There is also an entire chapter devoted to Don Cherry whom Bobby characterizes as "one of my best friends in the world." Orr offers a passionate case for this friend being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then there is the fractured relationship with his former agent Alan Eagleson. I had forgotten much of this sordid tale. Although it was very painful for him Bobby Orr pulls no punches in excoriating the man who betrayed not only him but a number of other NHL players he represented. In the final chapters of the book, Bobby Orr talks about what he is doing these days and about the state of today's NHL. Orr questions the conservative style of play in today's NHL. He wonders aloud if any of the coaches in the league would allow him to play the style of play he was so comfortable with during his career.

At the end of the day I was pleasantly surprised at just how well written "Orr: My Story" turned out to be. Not bad for a first time effort! Bobby Orr is a class act with something very important to say. These days Bobby spends much of his time with his Orr Hockey Group not only looking to represent good young hockey players but more importantly looking for kids with good character. He and his associates seek to instill the right values in these kids, just as his parents did with him. My respect and admiration for this man has increased exponentially. If you are a parent of grandparent of an aspiring young athlete then I would urge you to grab a copy of "Orr: My Story". I think you will find that Bobby Orr has something monumentally important to say to your young person. I would especially direct your attention to a letter entitled "So You Want to be a Professional Hockey Player...?" that he sends to all of his young clients. In a society where traditional values seem to be under relentless attack it is refreshing to read about a superstar who clearly his head screwed on straight. Very highly recommended!
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