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Photos | Bobby Orr: Through the Years

As we celebrate No. 4's 72nd birthday, take a look back at some of the best photos of the Bruins legend

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / - As we mark the 72nd birthday of Bruins legend Bobby Orr, take a look through some of the best photos of No. 4.

1963 | Oshawa, Ontario

Orr, just 15 years old, debuts with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA.

1966 | Boston

Orr, wearing his original No. 27 sweater, chats with Bruins coach Harry Sinden before a game during his rookie season in 1966-67.

1968 | Boston

Orr, who potted 21 goals and notched 64 points in 67 games during the 1968-69 season, skates with the puck as he begins a rush up ice from behind the Bruins net.

January 20, 1970 | St. Louis 

Orr skates alongside teammate Johnny Bucyk in the 1970 NHL All-Star Game at St. Louis Arena, one of eight All-Star Games in the blue liner's career.

March 22, 1970 | Boston 

Orr marks his 78th assist of the season, while Bucyk celebrates his 300th goal with the Bruins and goalie Ed Johnston a 5-0 shutout of the Minnesota North Stars.

May 10, 1970 | Boston 

Orr soars through the air after lifting the Bruins to an overtime victory and a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues in the 1970 Stanley Cup Final. The iconic sports moment clinched Boston's first Stanley Cup title since 1941.

Orr celebrates following the Bruins' Stanley Cup championship.

Orr poses for a celebratory photo with general manager Milt Schmidt, assistant general manager Tom Johnson, and Sinden.

January 9, 1979 | Boston

Orr is greeted by an eight-minute standing ovation as he makes his way to the ice ahead of his No. 4 retirement ceremony at Boston Garden.

With encouragement from the crowd, Orr - then a member of the Chicago Blackhawks - puts on his No. 4 sweater.

September 26, 2007 | Plymouth, Mass.

Orr poses for a photo with fellow Bruins legends Bucyk, Ray Bourque, Schmidt, and Cam Neely during the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament at Pinehills Golf Club.

December 18, 2009 | Boston

Orr and Schmidt pose for a photo at Fenway Park ahead of an alumni skate celebrating the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.

Orr and Neely make their way out to the rink.

Orr stands behind the bench at Fenway during the alumni skate.

January 1, 2010 | Boston

Orr waves to the Fenway Park crowd ahead of the 2010 Winter Classic.

May 10, 2010 | Boston 

On the 40th anniversary of his iconic Stanley Cup-winning goal, Orr speaks after his statue is revealed outside of TD Garden.

October 28, 2010 | Boston

Orr and Schmidt pose for a photo ahead of Milt Schmidt Night at TD Garden.

June 8, 2011 | Boston

Orr serves as honorary fan banner captain ahead of Game 4 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden.

October 6, 2011 | Boston

Orr makes his way through the 2011 Stanley Cup champions ahead of the team's banner raising ceremony at TD Garden.

October 20, 2016 | Boston 

Orr shares a laugh with Schmidt and Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron as he walks off the ice following a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut and the 80th anniversary of Schmidt's debut.

January 27, 2017 | Los Angeles 

Orr is named to the NHL 100 team during the league's centennial celebration at the 2017 All-Star Game at the Microsoft Theater.

May 2, 2018 | Boston 

Orr and Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez cheer during Game 3 of the Bruins' second-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

October 24, 2018 | Boston 

Orr greets Red Sox legend David Ortiz ahead of Game 2 of the 2018 World Series between the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park.

May 9, 2019 | Boston

Orr, still an avid supporter of the Black & Gold, smiles during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.



Orr is the only defensemen in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer, doing so in 1969-70 and 1974-75.


Orr is the only player in NHL history to win the Norris Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy, and Conn Smythe Trophy in a single season (1969-70). Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is the only other player in league history to win four major awards in the same season.


Orr reached the 100-point mark six times in his career, the most among defensemen in NHL history.

Orr won eight (consecutive) Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman, the most all-time.


Orr is one of 11 Bruins to have his number retired, joining Eddie Shore, Lionel Hitchman, Dit Clapper, Phil Esposito, Neely, Bucyk, Schmidt, Rick Middleton, Terry O'Reilly, and Bourque.

30 | 40

Orr was the first defenseman in NHL history to score 30 goals in a season in 1969-70 and the first to score 40 goals in a season in 1974-75.


Orr became the first player in NHL history to notch 100 assists in a season in 1970-71.


Orr set the record for plus-minus rating with a plus-124 in 1970-71.


Orr holds the record for most points in season by a defenseman with 139 in 1970-71.

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