A Time Line Of ORR'S Marvelous
"THE WAY WE WERE"
GAME SHEET FROM HIS FIRST GAME IN THE N.H.L.
Oct 19 - Played first regular
season NHL game. Wore sweater number 4.
Received first point, an assist on a
power-play goal by Wayne Connelly at
5:44 of the 2nd period.
Detroit at Boston 2-6
Oct 22 - Received first 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 as Montreal won 3-1 at
Oct 23 -
Bobby scored his first N.H.L. goal, 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.
Nov 19 - Received first major penalty -
for fighting with Vic Hadfield of
Rangers at 2:22 of the 2nd period.
New York at Boston 3-3
Nov 20 - Scored his first
shorthanded goal, at 4:51,1st period against
Detroit at Boston 2-5
Nov 23 - Scored first power-play goal, at
14:27,3rd period against
Boston at NY Rangers 4-5
Dec 7 - Missed first of eight straight
games with knee injury.
Jan 22 - Received first 10-minute misconduct penalty, at 7:28,3rd period.
Toronto at Boston 1-3
April 2 - Completed first 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.
April 26 - Named winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most
May 10 - Named to the second NHL All-Star team
Dec 9 - Suffered broken collarbone in game at Toronto. Missed next six
Jan 16 - Played in first All-Star game. Received an assist, along
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 at Toronto.
Feb 10 - Suffered knee injury at Detroit and missed next
April 4 - Played in first Stanley Cup playoff game.
Boston lost at Montreal 1-2.
Orr did not receive any points or penalties.
April 6 - Received first playoff point, an assist with
John Bucyk on Ted Green's
Boston at Montreal 3-5
May 10 - Named winner of the Norris Memorial Trophy as
May 16 - Named to the first NHL All-Star team.
Dec 14 - Recorded his first three goal game and also the first game in which
he had more than two points (3+2 for 5 points).
The goals were scored vs. Dave Dryden.
Chicago at Boston 5-10
Dec 22 - Recorded the 100th point of his regular season career, a goal
against Tony Esposito. It was his 138th game.
Montreal at Boston 5-7
Jan 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
Jan 30 - Suffered knee injury at Los
Angeles and missed next nine games.
Mar 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
Boston at Toronto 4-7
Mar 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
Chicago at Boston 5-5
Mar 30 - Finished regular season with 64 points, including
21 goals, both
records for a defenseman. Played 67 games.
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. One of about 14 main events
occurred at center ice, between two of the shorter guys on either team. In one
of the few occasions were master agitator Johnnie McKenzie actually got
involved in a fight, instead of just starting them, Forbes Kennedy and Pie
squared off at center ice. The ensuing melee netted Forbes four minor
penalties, two majors, one 10-minute misconduct, one game misconduct, and one
match penalty for striking a linesman. This would be Forbes last ever game in
the N.H.L. The 8 penalties in one game is a Playoff record that Forbes shares
with 3 others, one of those players is no surprise, Kim Clackson of Pittsburgh
who played 106 games in the NHL without ever scoring a goal, the other 2 are
somewhat more surprising, Jaromir Jagr, and Peter Forsberg.
Apr 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
Montreal at Boston 2-4
Apr 28 - Won Norris Memorial Trophy for
second straight season as
most outstanding defenseman.
May 9 - Named to the First NHL All-Star
team for the second straight year.
Oct 15 - Credited with three assists in
one game for the first time in
his NHL career.
Oakland at Boston 0-6
Oct 24 - Had three assists, including the
100th of his career. It was in
the 180th regular season game.
Boston at Oakland 4-2
Nov 16 - Had four assists in one game for
the first time in his NHL career.
Los Angeles at Boston 4-7
Dec 20 - Had five assists in one game.
Boston at Pittsburgh 6-4
Jan 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 at Boston 3-6
Jan 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
Montreal at Boston 3-6
Jan 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.
Feb 1 - Bruins edge Leafs 7-6 on
Johnny "Pie" McKenzie's late goal at the Gardens. This game 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. The fight came
at 12:33 of the
period when John McKenzie high-sticked Pat Quinn.
Phil Esposito was prepared to drop the gloves but gave
way to Orr.
Orr had the advantage in the beginning with Fred
Stanfield having pulled Quinn down. To even things up
Brian Glennie left the penalty box to join the fray.
The game summary read:
Quinn (fighting, elbowing), Selby (fighting major),
Glennie (misconduct), McKenzie (fighting major,
high-sticking), Orr (fighting major) 12:33
Glennie was fined $200 for leaving the penalty box.
Rick Ley received the same fine for leading players
off the bench. Others fines of $100 went to Bruins
and Leaf player, while the team managements were
assessed $1,000 each. In all, $4,700 in fines were
collected for the NHL Player Emergency Fund.
Feb 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 at Los Angeles 5-5
Mar 15 - Scored two goals and had two
assists to raise point totals for season to
101. It was Orr's 67th game
Detroit at Boston 5-5
Mar 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
Minnesota at Boston 0-5
Apr 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
Toronto at Boston 1-3
Apr 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
Boston at NY Rangers 4-1
May 5 - 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 at St.Louis 6-2
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
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, and counting the final eight
games of the regular season, Orr had at
least one point in 22 straight games.
In the playoff streak, he had 9 goals
and 20 points. In the 22 game streak, he
had 15 goals and 39 points.
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.
May 21 - Selected unanimously to the
first All-Star team, his third straight
selection to the first team.
Nov 28 - One assist raised his career
total to 200 assists. It was his 271st
regular season game.
Boston at NY Rangers 3-3
Dec 13 - One goal and two assists. The
goal was the 300th point of Orr's
career. It was in his 279th game.
Detroit at Boston 2-6
Dec 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
Jan 19 - Appeared in fourth straight
All-Star game. No points or assists.
West vs. East at Boston 2-1.
Jan 24 - Had one goal and two assists to
extend consecutive-points streak
to 18 games. Orr had 9 goals,26 assists
and 35 points during the streak.
Montreal at Boston 2-4
Orr missed getting at least one point in
only one game - a 1-0 Bruin win
Dec.12 at Philadelphia. - During a 35-game
streak which began Nov.8
when he had three assists during a 6-1 win
against Montreal at Boston.
In the 35 games he had 17 goals,49 assists
and 66 points.
Jan 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 at Boston 0-6
Mar 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 at California 8-1
Mar 11 - Scored one goal and had three assists to break two records.
His third 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 second 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. Orr of course set
the previous mark of 120 in 1969-70.
Boston at Los Angeles 7-2
Apr 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 at Boston 2-7
Apr 11 - Orr scored three goals, the only time since 1927 that a defenseman
done so in a Stanley Cup playoff game. Ken Dryden was the goalie.
Boston at Montreal 5-2
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
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
That equaled the consecutive string by Montreal's Doug Harvey.
May 28 - Orr was named to the first All-Star team for a fourth straight
It was the second straight season he was a unanimous choice.
Oct 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
season career. It was his 333rd game.
Detroit at Boston 3-4
Nov 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
Los Angeles at Boston 2-11
Nov 20 - Had two assists, including the 300th of his regular season career.
It was Orr's 346th game.
Chicago at Boston 1-2
Jan 25 - Played in his fifth straight All-Star game. Orr and Dallas Smith
on Phil Esposito's game winning goal as the East defeated the West 3-2 at
Feb 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
other players prior to Orr's feat.
California at Boston 3-6.
Mar 11 - Orr scored one goal and had two assists. Orr's goal, at 17:13 of
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
Boston at Pittsburgh 4-6
Apr 2 - Although he missed the final two games of the season with a minor
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
16 fewer than Esposito. His 80 assists meant he had the top three highest
totals by any player in NHL history. He was the first player to have three
consecutive 100 point seasons.
Apr 25 - Had three assists, boosting his playoff year total to a record
defenseman, breaking the mark set by Pat Stapleton of Chicago and J.C.
Tremblay of Montreal in 1971.
Boston at St.Louis 5-3
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
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
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.
May 7 - Scored two goals and one assist, giving him a record 22 points for
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
May 11 - Orr scored the Stanley Cup winning goal at 11:18 of the 1st
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
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
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
player had won the award twice.
May 18 - Orr was named to the All-Star team for a fifth straight season.
June - Orr underwent the third operation on his left knee. It kept him
participating in the team Canada-Soviet Union series in September and he
missed the first four games of the 1972-73 season.
Oct 21 - Orr returned to the Bruins lineup and received one assist. He
next three games, getting a point in each, and then had to sit out the
next nine games.
Nov 18 - Orr returned to the Bruins lineup and missed only one game the
rest of the
season (March 4).
Dec 21 - Orr had two assists. His first, at 1:06 of the 2nd period on
shorthanded goal, was the 541st point of his career. That broke the career
by a defenseman, set by Doug Harvey of Montreal, NY Rangers, Detroit and
who had 540 points in 1113 games. It was Orr's 423rd regular season game.
Detroit at Boston 1-8
Jan 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 at Vancouver 8-2
Jan 4 - Orr's goal, at 19:25 of the 2nd period, assisted by Dallas Smith
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 at St.Louis 2-4
Jan 25 - Had two assists, the second being the 400th of his regular season
career. It was his 437th game.
Detroit at Boston 4-2
Jan 30 - Orr played in his sixth straight All-Star game. He had one minor
East vs. West at New York 5-4
Mar 18 - Orr had a goal and two assists. The goal, at 12:11 of the 3rd
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 at Boston 1-7
Mar 31 - Orr scored three goals for the third time in his regular season
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 at Toronto 3-7
Apr 1 - Orr had one assist in the final game of the regular season, giving
points, including 29 goals, and a third place finish in the scoring race
Esposito of Boston (130) and Bobby Clarke of Philadelphia (104).
Orr only played in 63 games.
Montreal at Boston 5-3
Apr 10 - NY Rangers defeated Boston 6-3 at Boston, eliminating Bruins from
quarter final round in five games. Orr plagued by an injury had one goal
assist, his only points in the five games.
May 18 - Orr won the Norris Memorial Trophy for a record six straight time, the
time any player had won an individual award six seasons in a row.
June 1 - Orr was named to the first All-Star team for a six straight
Nov 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
Boston at Montreal 4-3
Nov 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
his fourth three goal game in regular season play. He broke the record
shared with several other players of six points. The goals were scored
Ed Giacomin. Amazingly enough Orr was on the ice for all 10 Bruins goals.
NY Rangers at Boston 2-10
Nov 17 - Orr had four assists. The first, on a goal by André Savard and
by Chris Oddleifson at 5:11 of the 2nd period, was Orr's 453rd in regular
play. That broke the career record by a defenseman of 452 assists by Doug
1113 games. It was Orr's 458th game.
Detroit at Boston 0-8
Jan 4 - Orr scored two goals against
Peter McDuffe. The second, at 10:06 of the
3rd period, assisted by Dave Forbes
and Derek Sanderson, was the 200th of his
regular season NHL career. It was
Orr's 502nd game.
Boston at NY Rangers 4-2
Jan 27 - Orr suffered a bruised knee
while playing the Flyers. The 4 Bruins named to the All-Star game
the following week boycotted the game if Barber was going to play.
It was a cheap shot from Bill
Barber which kept him out of the next four regular
schedule games plus the All-Star game
in Chicago, won by the West 6-4.
Orr had been voted to the starting
lineup by the Professional Hockey Writers
Association and would have been in his
seventh straight game.
Feb 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 at Los Angeles 5-2
Feb 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 at Boston 1-8
Mar 12 - Orr had one assist to reach
the 100 point mark for a fifth straight season.
He had 26 goals and 74 assists.
Buffalo at Boston 0-4
Mar 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
St.Louis at Boston 0-7
Apr 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 at Boston 4-6
May 19 - Orr played in his last
final series game. Philadelphia Flyers defeated Boston
1-0 in the sixth game of the series
to win the Stanley Cup for a second straight season.
Orr had 4 goals and a playoff year
leading 14 assists for 18 points in the 16 games he
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.
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.
Oct 23 - Orr scored three goals, the
sixth three goal game of his regular season career.
The goals were against Gary Inness.
Boston at Pittsburgh 5-5
Nov 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
Washington at Boston 4-10
Dec 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 at Boston 4-5
Jan 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
Prince of Wales Conference vs.
Clarence Campbell Conference 7-1
Jan 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 at Boston 0-6
Feb 13 - Orr assisted on a goal by Bobby Schmautz at 16:48 of the 3rd
It was his 100th point of the season (33 goals,67 assists) and the sixth
he had attained that mark, the only player at that time to do so.
Boston at Buffalo 1-3
Mar 9 - Orr scored one goal and had three assists to claim two more
The goal, a power-play one at 7:32 of the 3rd period -- assisted by Phil
against Dan Bouchard -- was Orr's 38th of the season, breaking his record
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
at 11:26 of the 1st period, was Orr's 600th regular season assist. It was
Atlanta at Boston 2-5
Mar 22 - Orr scored three goals and one assist. It was his ninth and final
game of his regular season career. The goals were against Ron Low.
Washington at Boston 2-8
Apr 6 - Orr had two goals and one 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 eight 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 at Boston 4-4
Apr 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
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
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
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
season. It was the last NHL individual playing award Orr received.
Sept - Orr underwent a fourth operation on his left knee. He missed the first
12 games of
the 1975-76 season.
Nov 8 - Orr returned to the Bruins lineup and had two assists.
Boston at Vancouver 2-4
Nov 16 - Orr failed to get a point, the only game in which this happened among
the 10 he
would play that season.
Kansas City at Boston 2-4
Nov 26 - Orr's final game as a Boston Bruin. He scored one goal and had one
giving him a total 5 goals,13 assits,18 points in 10 games. His assist was on
power-play goal by Jean Ratelle at 5:48 of the 1st period. Ken Hodge also
His final Boston goal was at 34 seconds of the 2nd period, assisted by Ratelle
scored against John Davidson. Orr's final totals with Boston:
631 games,264 goals,624 assists,888 points,924 penalty minutes.
Nov 29 - Orr had a fifth operation on his left knee. While recovering, he
would stay off the ice for at least the rest of the season to give his knee
June 24 - Orr was signed by Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent.
Sept 2 - Orr returned to action as a member of Team Canada in the Canada Cup
He had three assists and two minor penalties as Canada won the opening game,
11-2 against Finland.
Sept 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
Potvin. Orr was named the outstanding player of the tournament.
Oct 7 - Orr played in his first game as a Chicago Black Hawk. He scored one
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 at St.Louis 6-4
Oct 19 - Orr missed his first game because of his ailing left knee. He would
miss most of
the season, returning only periodically.
Oct 24 - Orr scored two goals, his first at 20 seconds of the 1st period, assisted
Harrison against Ed Johnston, was the 900th regular season point of his
It was his 638th game.
St.Louis at Chicago 2-7
Jan 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
for 23 points. he had 25 penalty minutes. Only five times did he not get at
least one point.
Chicago at Vancouver 1-1
Mar 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.
Apr - 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
to GM . coach Bob Pulford.
Oct 11 - Orr played in his first game in 21 months. He didn't get any points
or penalties but
had three shots on goal.
Oct 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 at Chicago 2-6
Oct 28 - Orr scored his last career goal against Detroit in a 7-2 loss
at 14:42 of the third period against Rogue Vachon. Ivan Boldirev and Alain
Daigle assisted on the goal at the Olympia in Detroit.
Oct 29 - Orr played in his final
at Chicago 1-4
Nov 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
Jan 9 - Orr's sweater number 4 was officially retired during a ceremony at
Garden preceding an exhibition game between the Bruins and Soviet Wings.
Feb 6 - Orr was named winner of the Lester Patrick Award for his outstanding
contribution to hockey in the United States.
June 12 - Orr was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Sept 12 - Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the youngest person
to ever receive the honor.