Six Degrees of Bobby Orr

I never thought that this day would come, but I made it to post number 100. A big thanks to all you out there who keep coming back every week to check out my Bobby Orr collection. Special thanks to Dave for getting me this site as a Christmas present a few years ago.

So this post is about how Bobby Orr, indirectly, has brought me in contact with two fellow Orr collectors in a very unique happenstance. With this story you’ll also see some very cool pictures and hear about an amazing fan and photographer from Vancouver.

This story starts last year when I won a hockey magazine featuring Orr on the cover from Ebay. The seller, Kevin, must have recognized my name, because he asked if I was the guy behind this site. To make a long story short, he lives somewhat near me so I invited him to come over and see my Orr collection in person. Since that first visit, he’s been back a few times and even brought me some great Orr pictures to add to my collection.

DSCI0215

DSCI0217

I wrote about these back in May in this post: www.bobbyorrcollector.com/?p=1243. Here’s a brief sypnopsis of what I wrote back then as to where these came from:

“My friend got about a dozen similar photos off of Ebay about ten years ago. They were pictures taken over parts of three seasons by a young woman who was an Orr fanatic. In fact, there’s an article with pictures about her that was published in the 1977 April/May edition of Interlude, which appeared to be an inflight magazine in Canada.”

“From the pictures in the magazine, she had quite the collection of Orr photos and and articles. Her family were season ticket holders to the Canucks and her father worked for the teams printers and delivered the game day magazines to the team. The team gave her a press pass which enabled her all kinds of access to get photos or Orr. According to the article, Orr himself called her and was aware of her “shrine”. There was talk in the article of her writing a book on Orr, but I’m not sure if that ever happened.”

Now here’s where things get interesting. A few months ago, I received a comment on the above post that was from the husband (Terry) of the woman (Trudene) who took the photos and eventually sold these mounted photos on Ebay.

They confirmed the story that I had told and even offered me some original photos that Trudene had taken as well as the magazine that she was featured in.

Here is what they sent me. First the magazine.

DSCI0270

DSCI0271

As you can see from the photos, Trudene had (and still has to my knowledge) quite the Orr collection.

The following three pictures were all taken by Trudene.

img139

Here is the first photo. This was taken in Vancouver during the 1974-75 season and shows Orr with Bruins goalie Ross Brooks.

img138

Here’s Orr battling Vancouver’s Leon Rochefort for the puck.

The last picture is something that you have never seen before in any of my posts and will probably never see again. An explanation will follow.

img137

Orr as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks. It hurts just to type that. As some of you may know, I try to block out the period when he was with Chicago because it NEVER should have happened. In short, when his contract ran out with the Bruins, they offered him 18.5% ownership of the team. He never found out about it though because he let his agent, Alan Eagleson, handle all business afairs. Eagleson already had a deal in place with the Chicago ownership and never told Orr about the offer. Eagleson was as corrupt as could be. He was head of the NHL Players Union and later went to jail for fraud. He stole millions from the players and left their pension plan in shambles. There’s much more but I could go on all day about it.

Anyways, I don’t collect Orr memorabilia when he was with Chicago, but I made an exception this time because Terry and Trudene were nice enough to send it to me and it is an amazing picture by Trudene. As you can see by the  photos, Trudene is a pretty great photogapher.

Since that comment was left, we’ve exchanged a few emails and I can only hope that we communicate further from here on out.

That’s it for #100. If Kevin, Terry and Trudene are reading this, I want to thank each of you for your  awesome Orr gifts to me. Also, thanks again to everyone who read my posts and comments on them. I truly enjoy reading your comments and answering your questions. I still hope that the man himself will come across this blog someday and leave me a message. I would love to opportunity to show him my collection.

See you all again next Sunday for post #101.

9 Responses to “Six Degrees of Bobby Orr”

  1. Russ says:

    Hey Gary,
    Awesome post for #100! One of the best things about collecting things like we do is being able to share stories about our collections with eachother and this post is a perfect example of that.

    Im looking forward to reading the next hundred!

  2. Gary says:

    Thanks Russ! I agree with you 100%. It’s good to know that their are others out there that share the same passion for Orr collectiing.

  3. The Goog says:

    Wow, I had no idea Orr played for any other teams past the Bruins! I assumed that when they retired his number it was because he himself retired.
    It’s too bad that Orr and all those other players got screwed by that manager, who knows what might have happened with Orr as part owner!
    Keep up the great posts my friend, for someone who doesn’t care much for “The Sports”, I always enjoy reading.

  4. Gary says:

    Thank you The Goog! I appreciate you reading every week and always leaving a comment. As I said in the post, I try to erase the memory of Orr in Chicago, so I never talk about it.

  5. Trudene says:

    HI Gary – Trudene and I just wish to thank you very much for honouring us
    in your 100th post. It has been a pleasure talking to you about the different items and plan on sending you info on some other items very soon. Talk to you soon and thanks again, Trudene and Terry

  6. Gary says:

    I’m the one who should be thanking you. I love the photos. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care.

  7. Scifinds says:

    Hey Trudene, up for some visitors from Boston?

  8. Gary says:

    So Dave, you’re saying that you’d be up for a road trip? Perhaps we should start off with the Hockey Hall of Fame first. Although, it would be awesome to see Trudene’s collection in person.

  9. scifinds says:

    Bring the barf bags

Leave a Reply