This Day In Hockey History-July 6, 1970-Parry Sound Holds Bobby Orr Day

Bobby Orr Boston Bruins

, Ont. (CP) — The fans went wild.

It was day Saturday and folk from his hometown were out to welcome the All-Star defenceman with of the .

Bobby Orr Day, sponsored by the town of Parry Sound was simply that—a big day for Bobby.

Orr's trophies—the Norris as top defenceman in the , the Hart as most valuable player, the Ross as top scorer and the as most valuable player in the —were on display at the public library.

At noon there was a civic luncheon for more than 100 persons. The guest list included team-mates and fellow players including Derek Sanderson, Ed Johnston and Bill Speer of the Bruins. On hand too were , general manage jf the Bruins, and Tom Johnson.

A woman remarked that Bobby had started playing hockey when he was four years old.

“He played right here in Parry Sound for the bantam, the peewee and the junior teams.”

And the mayor of the town, Roy Smith, talked with pride about Bobby.

“Even when he was a youngster, he could take that puck and break away. He still does that… in the pro league.”

He announced that at a special meeting of the town council, a bylaw had been passed to establish the Bobby Orr Recreation Centre.

Mr. and Mrs. Doug Orr. Bobby's parents; Mrs. Robert Orr, his grandmother; Gordon Aiken, member of Parliament for Parry Sound; hockey players and others made up the head table.

Milt Schmidt had glowing words for Bobby.

“I have been in pro hockey for 45 years, from a player to an assistant manager to a general manager. Bobby is the best player I've ever seen in the past and the best I've seen in the present.”

Bobby was moved by the whole affair. “I'm supposed to be a man now I'm over 21. But men aren't supposed to have tears in their eyes.”

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