Bruins: Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr: 'Unfair' to call players greedy

August, 11, 2012
Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr voiced his displeasure with NHL owners, who've said they'll lock out the players if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by the Sept. 15 deadline.

"If we go back to the last collective bargaining agreement, the talk after that was, 'Gee, the players really got beat on this one,'" the Hall of Famer said Friday of the previous CBA, which came after a lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.

"So all of the sudden the owners have come back -- I know they're negotiating, they're posturing and so on, but what they put out there, there's no way the players can accept something like that," Orr, who serves as a player agent and runs his own agency, told CBC News in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he's attending the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Festival.

The NHL enjoyed record-breaking revenue and increased television ratings last season, but many teams are still claiming losses and say they can't survive under the current system, in which the players net 57 percent of hockey-related revenue. The owners want the players to reduce their share to 43 percent, and Orr doesn't see how that is equitable.

"Players want their fair share, and that's what it's all about and I think it's very unfair if fans -- until they understand and see everything what's out there -- that they suggest that the players are being greedy," he said.

Schmidt: Orr is the best ever

October, 28, 2010
BOSTON -- Listening to Milt Schmidt talk about hockey is a privilege. Having him tell you Bobby Orr is the greatest player ever is a treat.

The Boston Bruins honored the patriarch of the organization prior to Thursday’s game, and the former player, coach and general manager of the Bruins has always talked fondly of No. 4.

“So far, the good Lord has kept me on this earth for 92 years, which I am very pleased about," Schmidt said. "I have often said this: As far as Bobby Orr is concerned, if someone better than he comes along, I hope the good Lord keeps me on this earth to see him. So far, I haven’t met that man. He’s the best -- ever. He always will be as long as I’m on this earth.”

Bruins to honor 'Uncle Milty'

October, 27, 2010
Schmidt & Orr
Joe McDonaldBobby Orr and Milt Schmidt at the Winter Classic at Fenway Park in January.

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will honor legend Milt Schmidt with "Milt Schmidt Night" during Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. Prior to the start of the game, Schmidt will attend the Sports Museum's unveiling of the special exhibit dedicated to him.

In addition to the Sports Museum dedication, the Bruins will hold an on-ice ceremony honoring Schmidt and all of his contributions to the organization.

Schmidt's No. 15 is retired and hangs from the rafters at the Garden. He was inducted into Hockey's Hall of Fame in 1961. He is the only member in the team's history to serve as a player, captain, coach and general manager. He's figured into four of the team's five Stanley Cups -- as a player in 1939 and 1941, and as the team's GM in 1970 and 1972.

Julien talks about the past and present

May, 10, 2010
BOSTON -- The Bruins held an optional skate this morning in preparation for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at TD Garden. Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Bruins coach Claude Julien talked about the importance of defenseman Dennis Wideman and his improved play during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Wideman, who struggled mightily during the regular season, has 10 points (1 goal and 9 assists) in 10 playoff games, including a plus-4 rating.

Julien also talked about a former Bruins blueliner: The organization will unveil a statue of Bobby Orr this afternoon outside of the Garden.

Per a Boston Bruins release:

The Boston Bruins and TD Garden announced today that a bronze statue depicting the famous scene of Bobby Orr flying through the air immediately after scoring "The Goal" that clinched the Bruins 1970 Stanley Cup Championship over the St. Louis Blues will be unveiled at a ceremony on May 10th at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Present for the ceremony, which is being held on the 40th anniversary of "The Goal" and the Bruins four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues to win the Stanley Cup on May 10, 1970, will be Bobby Orr, Bruins Owner, Jeremy Jacobs, Mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, TD Garden President, John Wentzell, the sculptor of the statue, Harry Weber, and Orr's teammates John Bucyk and Derek Sanderson.

The larger than life sized bronze statue (110% life sized, weighing more than 600 pounds) which will permanently be installed in front of the TD Garden at the mouth of the West Walkway outside of the arena facing Causeway St., has been designed and sculpted by Weber. Weber has designed and sculpted a number of famous works including "The Captains' Return" in St. Louis, MO, “The Plaza of Champions” in St. Louis, MO, and “Doug Flutie” in Boston, MA.

In the creating the statue, Weber wrote: "The main objective of the statue of Bobby Orr is to faithfully capture both the likeness of this great defenseman, and the spirit and emotion of the few seconds on May 10, 1970. ‘The Goal’ has become a defining moment, not only for the Bruins, but for the sport of Hockey."
BOSTON –- The Bruins are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Stanley Cup championship team tonight at TD Garden with some pretty big names in attendance.

Bobby Orr, Fred Stanfield, Eddie Johnston, Johnny Bucyk, Dallas Smith and Derek Sanderson are among the members of that team being honored. While most of them engaged in a brief media scrum to talk about what it was like for the Bruins of the early '70s, the alumni also commented on tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The focus on this game, of course, is the Penguins’ Matt Cooke, who laid a blindside hit on the Bruins’ Marc Savard on March 7 in Pittsburgh. Savard suffered a grade 2 concussion and is likely lost for the season.

“I don’t think Cooke would have gotten off the ice,” said Stanfield, when asked what would have happened in a similar situation in 1970.

Orr, however, was a little more subdued when asked his thoughts on the situation.

“The Bruins have to go out tonight and play,” he said. “It’s two points and they’re in a [playoff] fight. The Penguins are struggling a little bit and I think it’s going to be a heck of a hockey game. It would be silly for the Bruins to go out and have their key thing be going after a player. That would be just silly. It would be a silly thing to do and a silly thing for all of us to think that. I was listening to a talk show coming in and the fans were saying, ‘They need to do this’ and ‘They need to do that' and 'They need to take [Sidney] Crosby out.’ I mean, come on.”

Orr certainly took his share of hits during his playing days, which had an adverse effect on his career because of numerous knee injuries. He believes the physical play he gave, and received, was part of the game. Orr doesn’t think, however, the Cooke hit on Savard was warranted.

“In my mind, it was an illegal hit,” Orr said. “In my mind, a player like Marc Savard, and Marc is a very good hockey player, you bump him and you grind him, you get in his way. But he’s a player you don’t run over like that. There were periods when that was understood. It would be like me, during my time, running at Jean Beliveau from behind or blindsiding him. You don’t do that. I was a pain in the you-know-what, so I was hit a lot. I mean, I would hit, so I got hit back. But Marc, you don’t do that to him.”

Orr also believes the players should be able to respond just like the old days without repercussions because of the instigator rule.

“I think the rules are pretty strict on things like that, but I also believe if they let the players police it for a while, everyone would soon understand,” said Orr. “But I’m not sure they’ll let them do that.”

Without placing too much emphasis on Cooke’s visit to Boston, the Bruins alumni were able to enjoy reliving memories from 40 years ago. Boston won only one more Stanley Cup, in 1972. In the minds of Orr and his former teammates, the Cup needs to return to Boston.

“It would be just as exciting and just as much fun,” said Orr. “You would have the crowds the same we had back in the '70s. We like winning and Boston is no different than any other city. We see it with the Red Sox and the Celtics and the Pats -- my god, what a city. For the Bruins, if they won a Stanley Cup, it would be unbelievable, it really would be. There are a lot of hockey fans in New England and I think they would be pretty excited.”