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Wayne Gretzky's Impersonation of Boston Bruins Icon Bobby Orr


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Austin Sabourin
June 13, 2023  (3:10 PM)
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Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, often mentioned in the same breath when discussing hockey greatness, continue to fuel debates as to who truly deserves the title of the "Great One."

Both players possess exceptional skills in their respective areas, and the argument seems destined to endure indefinitely. Recently, during his stint as an analyst for TNT at FLA Live Arena, Gretzky shared an intriguing anecdote about the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman, Bobby Orr.
Gretzky recalled how Orr would often use minimal or no tape on his stick blade. In a broadcast quoted by Bleacher Report, Gretzky revealed,
"One game I was playing, I had no tape on the stick. After the game, my dad said to me, 'What are you doing?' I said, 'Well, Bobby Orr plays with no tape.' And he said, 'Well, you're not Bobby Orr.' I started taping my stick from then on."

Walter Gretzky's candid response at that moment highlighted Orr's extraordinary uniqueness as a player. Nevertheless, Wayne Gretzky went on to create his own legendary legacy, shattering records that may stand untouched for generations. His incredible feat of 2,857 points in 1,487 career games remains unparalleled. Despite his record-breaking achievements, Gretzky holds Orr in such high regard that he has advocated for the NHL to establish an award in Orr's name, recognizing exceptional defensemen rather than simply focusing on the highest point scorers. While the NHL has yet to introduce such an award, the Central Hockey League (CHL) honors Orr through the Bobby Clarke Award.
The Bobby Orr Trophy, previously known as the CHL Most Valuable Defenseman Award, has been bestowed since the 1979–80 CHL season. This prestigious accolade pays tribute to the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman, Bobby Orr.
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