It was Mother’s Day, May 10, 1970, when Orr flew through the air after scoring the game-winner, with the help of a trip from Noel Picard, a Blues defenseman—and the number on both players’ sweaters? 4, of course.
Referred to as simply, “The Goal,” that moment in sports history has lived on in both film and photographs, and now, in bronze.
In front of his adoring fans, the Boston Bruins and TD Garden unveiled a larger-than-life statue depicting Orr’s famous flight into hockey history. At about 110% life-sized and over 800 pounds, the bronze statue has found its home at the West Walkway of TD Garden, facing Causeway Street.
In attendance were Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, TD Garden President John Wentzell, several 1970 Bruins alumni like John Bucyk and Derek Sanderson, as well as the man himself, Bobby Orr.
The Hall of Famer proudly cut the black and gold ribbon to unveil the sculpture designed by renowned sports artist, Harry Weber.
As one of the most famous and most decorated players to ever lace up a pair of skates, the ever-humble Orr said he never thought he’d be the subject of such a grand display of sports history.
“I didn’t wake up in 1970 thinking, ‘Oh there’s going to be a sculpture outside the TD Garden,” Orr said, laughing. “No.”
In addition to his friends and family, Orr thanked his teammates as well as Bruins fans for their years of dedication.
“They’ve always been supportive," Orr said. "They’ve always shown us great support, great love.
“The Bruin fan is a knowledgeable fan. If you’re not working and you’re not giving an honest effort, they’ll let you know.
"But they’re wonderful fans."
Orr added that the team’s recent success has been great to watch now as a fan himself.
“Boston’s a great sports city and it’s so nice right now, everywhere I got now, everyone wants to talk about the Bruins,” he said. “It hasn’t’ been like that in a long time and it’s wonderful to hear.”