Bobby Orr

Career

  • NHL: 1966-79; 12 seasons, 9 quality[1. By Defensive Point Shares]
  • 270G (1st All Time among D at his retirement[2. Orr was ahead by over 100 goals]), 645A (1st D[3. Orr was ahead by nearly 200 assists]) for 915P (1st D[4. Orr was ahead by 299 points]), +597 (2nd All Time[5. All skaters]) in 657 games; 152 PS (3rd All Time[6. 1st All Time among D] at his retirement)
  • At his retirement, Orr was 25th All Time in GPG, 1st in APG[7. Orr is now 3rd All time in APG] and PPG[7. Minimum 500 games][8. Orr is now 4th All Time in PPG]
  • Orr was 11th All Time in OPS[9. 1st Defenceman] and 13th All Time in PS[10. 12th Defenceman] at his retirement
  • Era: Orr is 20th in Goals, 10th in GPG, 4th in Assists and Points, 1st in APG,[10. Orr is ahead by .21 APG] PPG and PS, 2nd in OPS, 3rd in DPS despite being 79th in Games[11. Of the 82 skaters to play in at least 650 games between 1966 and 1979]
  • 82-game average: 34G, 80A for 114P, +75
  • 3-year peak (1969-72): 82-game average of 38G, 96A for 134P
  • Playoffs: 26G, 66A for 92P in 74 games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 255G, 623A for 878P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 32G, 78A for 110P
      • Orr is 16th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the qualifier is set at 500 games
    • VsX:
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’70, ’71, ’72),
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further five times (’68, ’69, ’73, ’74, ’75),
  • Norris (’68, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’75[12. Most Norris trophies all time]),
  • Top 5 in Norris voting one other time (’67)
  • Ted Lindsay (’75),
  • Calder (’67)
  • Back Check MVP (’69, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’74, ’75)
  • Back Check Best Player (’69, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’75)
  • Art Ross (’70, ’75[13. Orr is still the only defenceman to win the scoring title])
  • Best Player[14. By Point Shares] five times (’70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’75), Top 5 seven times (’69, ‘4)
  • Set the record for PS in 1969-70[15. Broke his own record in 1970-71] which he holds to this day
  • Best Defensive Player[16. By Defensive Point Shares] four times (’71, ’72, ’74, ’75), Top 5 six times (’69, ’70), Top 10 seven times (’73)
  • Set the record for DPS in 1970-71[17. Which he held until 1976-77]
  • Best Offensive Player[18. By Offensive Point Shares] twice (’70, ’75), Top 5 six times (’71, ’72, ’73, ’74)
  • Scored 45 goals once,[19. Single-season record by a defenceman at the time, now 1 of only 2 D ever] 35 goals thrice,[20. Only defenceman to do so at his retirement] 30 goals five times,[21. Only defenceman to do so at his retirement] 25 goals six times,[22. Only defenceman to do so at his retirement] 20 goals seven times,[24. Only defenceman to do so at his retirement] 10 goals nine times[25. One of only 3 defencemen to do so at his retirement]
  • Tallied 100 assists once,[26. Only defenceman ever to do so, 1 of only 3 players ever] 90 twice,[27. Only player to do so at his retirement – still 1 of only 5 players to accomplish the feat] 80 assists five times,[29. Only player to do so at his retirement, 1 of only 3 players to have accomplished it today] 70 assists six times,[30. Only player to do so at his retirement, 1 of only 4 players to have accomplished it today] 40 assists seven times[31. 1 of only 18 players to do so at his retirement]
  • Scored 130 points twice,[32. 1 of only 3 players to do so at his retirement, and the only defenceman; 1 of only 8 players today to accomplish the feat and 139 points remains the single season record by a defenceman] 120 points four times,[33. 1 of only 3 players to do so at his retirement, and the only defenceman; 1 of only 7 players to have accomplished the feat today] 110 points five times,[34. 1 of only 3 players to do so at his retirement, only defenceman; 1 of only 8 players to do so today] 110 points six times,[36. 1 of only 2 players to do so at his retirement, only defenceman; 1 of only 14 players to have done so today] 60 points seven times[37. 1 of only 24 players to do so at his retirement]
  • Set the single-season record for goals by a defencemen,[38. Beat the record by eight goals, broke his own record the next year and set a new record in 1974-75 that stood for a decade] Top 10 in Goals thrice
  • Top 10 in GPG twice
  • Set the single-season record for Assists[39. Beat Espo’s record by 10 assists in 1969-70 and broke the record for assists by a defenceman by 37 and then broke his own record by 15 the next season and eventually set a record which held up for a decade], led the league in Assists five times, Top 5 six times
  • Set the single season record for APG, [40. Broke the record for APG in 1969-70, then he broke his own record the next year and it stood for most of a decade] led the league in APG six times, Top 10 seven times
  • Set the single-season record for points by a defenceman,[41. Broke the single season record for points by a defencemen in 1967-68, then broke his own record by nearly doubling it the next season, broke it again the next season and it has never been broken] led the league in Points twice, Top 5 seven times
  • Led the league in PPG once, Top 5 six times
  • Led the league in Plus Minus six times, Top 5 seven times
  • 1st Team All Star eight times, 2nd Team once
  • 7 All Star Games.

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • MVP[42. Led the playoffs in assists and points] on one Champion (’72 Bruins),
    • MVP on one Campion (’70 Bruins),
    • Best Player[43. Led the playoffs in assists] on one Runner Up (’74 Bruins),
    • Top 2 D[44. By points] on one Final Four (’69 Bruins)
  • Canada Cup:
    • MVP on one Canada Cup[45. Now the World Cup] Champion (’76 Canada)
  • Super Series:

There is a never-ending debate among hockey fans as to which player of Gretzky, Lemieux and Orr was the greatest.  There are certain areas where each stands supreme. My vote is for Orr because I think he played the more difficult and more important position and because he revolutionized the position as well. But I think there’s room for debate.

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