Cindy Curley was no different than any other rabid hockey fan growing up Massachusetts. She adored Bobby Orr and had aspirations of one day breaking barriers in the game she loved.
Unlike many, however, she not only met the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman on her birthday but became an instant inspiration to every female player with dreams of playing the game after earning a spot on the United States Women's National Team for the inaugural International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in 1990.
"I met Bobby Orr on my ninth birthday when he came to one of my practices when I was playing for the Assabet Valley Girls Hockey team in Concord [Mass.]," Curley told NHL.com. "I remember him coming in and saying, 'No autographs,' but someone told him it was my birthday and he signed my helmet and spent about an hour with us.
"I was always a horrible backwards skater, but to this day he's still my favorite player."