I can’t tell you about Bobby Orr because you had to be there. I can’t really show you what Orr did to change the game, because you’d have to see it through the eyes of NHL hockey the way it was played 40+ years ago–not the view you have of today’s NHL. If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s your knowledge of Bobby Orr is limited to highlight packages and the history books. It is decidedly unsatisfactory for this Orr fan, because you missed out and those Orr videos are as useless as the Babe Ruth film shorts in actually capturing special players in their own time.
And you know what? I absolutely HATE telling people ‘you missed out’ because most of the time people say that it’s incorrect. The NHL game is miles and miles better now, the goaltending and the shortened shifts and the conditioning and the size/speed of all the players have made it a better game. However, giving a young person an idea about Orr is impossible–the game he played will look slow and uninspired and the opposition he skated past look like stationary figures.
Bobby Orr could do things no other man could–change gears in a heartbeat and leave an entire 5-pack of opposition skaters in the dust; pass the puck tape to tape from a mile away and create offense out of absolutey nothing. In my mind’s eye, he remains frozen in time, above the ice after scoring that OT winner. Perfect.
Back in the olden days, Bruins-Hawks didn’t like each other much. Boston won 2 Stanley’s, Chicago none in the ’70s but the truth is that during the post-1967 expansion draft they were two of the strongest clubs in the game (along with Montreal and the Rangers). Both could have won at least one more Stanley during that era.
Now years later we’re looking at two teams attempting to win their second Stanley in just a few years. I think it’s an excellent reminder for Oiler fans: those 5 Stanley’s from long ago will one day welcome another. We wait.
THE LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE (10A-N on TEAM 1260)
Scheduled to appear today:
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Health. We’ll talk about fitness levels and how much of coaching is motivation.
- JP Nikota from Pension Plan Puppets. We’ll talk Eakins and ML summer.
- James Mirtle has written some outstanding stuff on Eakins, we’ll also talk about Toronto’s reaction to Eakins exit.
- Harrison Mooney will tell us about how much fun having Torts in Vancouver might be for everyone.