A Bruins Legend And His Famous Goal

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Bobby Orr visited WBUR to talk about his new book, "Orr: My Story." (Joe Spurr/WBUR)
Bobby Orr visited WBUR to talk about his new book, "Orr: My Story." (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Bobby Orr. Hockey legend. Hockey royalty. Whose name alone takes us back to one of the most celebrated plays in hockey history.

It was May 10, 1970. The deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins against the St. Louis Blues. The game went into "sudden death" overtime. Bobby Orr scored the winning goal. He was a hero. Boston's 29-year Stanley Cup drought was over. A statue of Orr flying through the air making that goal stands outside TD Garden today.

"I'm thrilled to have that statue at the Garden," said Orr. "And I was thrilled to be the guy that scored the final goal but, when I look at it, it's much more."

It started, for Bobby Orr as a little kid, on pond and river ice in the town of Parry Sound, Ontario, two hours north of Toronto. He was discovered by the Bruins early.

Over the many decades since, during his career, and in his retirement, Orr has kept a low profile. But now the hockey legend is speaking out publicly, really for the first time, after writing his first book, a memoir titled "Orr: My Story." Bobby Orr joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about his early life, hockey, and that famous goal.

This program aired on October 18, 2013.

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