Sportsman of the Year


 

  T o students of Bobby Orr, the spectacular has become routine, and the routine has become unacceptable. One of a defenseman's primary jobs is to get the puck out of his own end and down the ice, and some players carry out this task with all the grace and ease of a starving man eating a pomegranate through a screen door. Orr does it routinely.

Photograph by Tony Triolo
Text by Jack Olsen

In 1970, Bobby Orr was the Boston Bruin's top-ranking defenseman and the NHL's leading scorer. Named the Defensive Player of the Year more than any other player, eight consecutive years, Orr was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1978, but retired only a few games into the season. Orr, 48, is the spokesman for MasterCard International's sponsorship of the NHL.

 
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