• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Mining Bobby Orr

  1. Nice story about what looks to be a book that mines my youth. 1970 saw me as a 10 year-old, street-hockey-playing, Bobby Orr-poster-displaying suburban kid in dreamland.

  2. Bob Orr is simply the best. Not only the greatest hockey player, but on and off the ice, the classiest person I’ve had the pleasure of working with. On our first meeting in the trainer’s room in London Ontario, he walked in and said “Hi, I’m Bob Orr. Are you a trainer?” I taped his wrist. What an honor. That was my introduction to the greatest hockey played in the world.

    He was smart, tough, funny and a true leader all the time. He was a great teammate.

    Bobby Orr led the explosion of hockey in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. Hockey rinks were built everywhere. Kids who couldn’t skate played ball hockey.

    BU hockey owes a great deal to those hockey rinks and youth hockey programs. Talk to those BU Miracle on Ice guys and they’ll tell you about Bobby’s legacy.

    I spent three year’s in the Bruins organization as a trainer for their AHL Boston Braves team. Being around those guys in the early 70’s was a great experience that I hold dear.

    They were hockey’s Gas House Gang. Great times, great guys, great stories. Knowing these guys up close makes me one of the luckiest guys on earth.

    It would be fitting to bestow an honorary degree on Robert Gordon Orr at next year’s Commencement.

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