Bobby Orr shares his story on The National

On Monday night's edition of CBC's The National, host Peter Mansbridge had the opportunity to chat with Bobby Orr, the Hall of Famer who redefined the meaning of being an NHL defenceman.

Hockey legend sits down with Peter Mansbridge

Bobby Orr interview

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8 years ago
CBC's Peter Mansbridge sits down with hockey legend Bobby Orr 18:16

Hockey legend Bobby Orr finally shared his story.

On Monday night's edition of CBC's The National, host Peter Mansbridge had the opportunity to chat with the Hall of Famer who redefined the meaning of being an NHL defenceman.

The former Boston Bruins great and three-time NHL MVP gave a candid interview in his hometown Parry Sound, Ont., where he grew up and learned to play hockey on the open ice of Georgian Bay.

"There could be 15-20 players, two teams, drop the puck and away we go," he said about the experience of playing outdoors. "And if you didn't learn how to skate around the puck it wasn't much fun for you."

Among the topics discussed with Mansbridge were minor hockey and the way young players are being coached now. According to Orr, it shouldn't be about methodology, but fun and entertainment.

"You hear pewee coaches teaching the 'trap'," he said. "What the heck are we doing teaching the 'trap'? Let the kids go, let them have fun; that's how you improve."

The constant changes happening to the game of hockey in recent years are a major concern for Orr, who believes these modifications "have made the game unsafe for players."

"Players are so big, so fast, so strong," he said. "Opening the game up the way we have... it is more dangerous today than it's ever been." 

Orr also told Mansbridge about his remarkable career, his knee injuries, and the famous 1970 Stanley Cup winning goal.

His new book, Orr: My Story, is being released on Tuesday.

Watch the full interview above.


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