After years of virtual silence, Bobby Orr has decided to tell his story in the autobiography, "Orr: My Story." The 304-page book comes out Oct. 15 and tells the inside story of perhaps the greatest defenseman to play the game of hockey. During a career shortened considerably by chronic knee injuries, Bobby Orr changed the game forever. In his autobiography, the Hall of Fame defenseman tackles all the high points, and low points, of his legendary career in an attempt to pass along the lessons he has learned, both in hockey and life. Below is an excerpt from the first chapter of "Orr: My Story" in which Bobby Orr chronicles the beginning of his incredible journey from the small, tight-knit community of Parry Sound, Ont., to hockey stardom in Boston and beyond.
It would have been around 7:30 a.m., maybe 7:45 if Mom had let me sleep in. I'd hear her say, "Bobby, it's time to get up," and then the morning would begin. Most days started off the same at the Orr house back then. Dad would be up and at it early, and off to work at the CIL plant. Mom would usually have some breakfast waiting for us, but other times we'd make our own. Then it would be out the door and off to school.
We walked to Victory Elementary, because there was no one to give you a ride, and there wasn't a school bus to pick you up. It was a decent hike whether we went straight up Bowes Street or took a shortcut through the woods. But in wintertime, the snow got pretty deep, so we usually stayed on the sidewalk. I walked that route so many times, I could probably make my way to my old school blindfolded even today. I might as well have been blindfolded then, for all I stopped to look around. I suppose I was like any other kid, never content to be just in one place. I was always on my way to somewhere else.