Bobby Orr on D&K reflects on 1970 Bruins Cup team, including first time he saw famous photo


This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning goal on May 10, 1970, and Orr joined Dale and Keefe on Friday to reflect on the goal and those great Bruins teams of the '70s.

Orr will also be appearing alongside former teammates Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson and Gerry Cheevers in the NHL Network special "The 1970 Bruins: Big, Bad & Bobby," which premiers Sunday at 8 p.m.

Here are some highlights from the interview, which you can listen to in full here.

On if he remembers the first time he saw the famous photo of himself flying through the air:

"I do. In those days, we didn't stay at home during the playoffs. We stayed in hotels, and we were at the Lynnfield Hilton. My father was down for the series, and the next day after the win I met my father for breakfast. I think it was the Record-American, and my dad opened it up and that was the first time I had seen the shot."

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— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 8, 2020

On feeling bad for Blues goalie Glenn Hall, who gave up the goal:

"I feel awful for Glenn. Here's a guy that played five-hundred-something consecutive games. A goalie. Without a mask. Championships. And all they ever want to do is talk about a goal. Glenn says to me when I see him, or he has said in the past, 'Is that the only goal you ever scored?'"

On sitting down with Esposito, Sanderson and Cheevers to film "Big, Bad & Bobby":

"It was great. I'm sitting there and of course it's really funny, and I'm watching the sound man who's in the back of the room and he's roaring, he's laughing and laughing and laughing. We finish and he comes down to take the mic off me and he says, 'You know, I don't know anything about hockey. I don't really know who you guys are, but you guys are something else. I wasn't ready.' We had a lot of fun."

On whether he ever thought about his "legacy":

"Nope. Never did. I just looked at it as being one of the lucky ones. My dream was to play in the NHL and be on a Stanley Cup team, and I realized that dream and I felt very fortunate for it. That '70 team was an unbelievable team. Still great friends, still talk a lot, see each other once in a while. Golf is an individual sport. Tennis is an individual sport. Hockey is a team sport, and we had a team. We had it all, coaching to training to ownership to players. It was a special time for me, for Boston, and for all the guys. We're all grateful for the way we were treated in the city. It's been wonderful."

On the connection the '70s Bruins had with Boston fans:

"It was a wonderful time, and our guys appreciated the way the fans and the kids treated us. We were out doing clinics and making appearances all over the state, and the fans were comfortable to approach us. We liked having the fans approach us. Hockey was starting to come alive, rinks were being built, many, many more fans. It was an exciting time not only for the fans, but it was an exciting time for the players too. We really enjoyed that period."

On whether he considers his Cup-winning goal the highlight of his career:

"I was thrilled that I scored the goal. Great. The championship, to follow Chief, Johnny Bucyk, around the ice with the Stanley Cup high overhead, that was a dream. That's the highlight. That Stanley Cup team, being a part of that club, those players that I played with, that was the highlight. It wouldn't have mattered to me which player scored the goal. I was the lucky one, but it was the championship, that's what it's all about."

On whom he considers the greatest player in NHL history:

"Gordie. Gordie Howe. Gordie Howe. We've had Mario, Wayne, Sid. There's a guy in Edmonton now who before this is all over, however the players are rated, they all might be dropping down one. Connor McDavid's going to be up there and talked about with Sid and Mario and Wayne. But Gordie in my mind. Any way you wanted to play, he was tough, he could score, and he was one of the most wonderful human being I've ever met. Gordie's still my guy."

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