Today’s Package Find: (7) Bobby Orr Cards from 1972 – 1977

We were sent (7) Bobby Orr cards in the mail today.  All are about Near-Mint Condition. The cards cover the latter half of his illustrious career, from 1972 thru 1977

Many consider Bobby Orr the Greatest Hockey Player of All-Time.  If the contest was based on just goals, we’d be talking Wayne Gretzky but for all-around player, for both offense and defense  that distinction goes to Bobby Orr.  The Plus/Minus Rating tells the story.

A player is awarded a “plus” each time he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal. He receives a “minus” if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthanded goal scored by the opposing Club. The difference in these numbers is considered the player’s “plusminus” statistic. (NHL.Com).

Bobby Orr has the NHL record of a 124 +/- rating.  The 1970-71 Season, he played in every game (78). The Bruins scored 179 Goals while he was on the ice while both teams were at full strength.  The Bruins gave up only 55 goals while he was on the ice when both teams were at full strength.  179 – 55 = 124. Personally that year he contributed 37 Goals and 102 Assists  (139pts).  No other player has a higher +/- rating.

Bobby Orr went on to lead the NHL in the Plus-Minus Rating three additional seasons.

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