Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Man Who Redefined Hockey

Today is an important day for all those puckheads out there. On this day back in 1970, Robert Gordon Orr became the first defensemen to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league leader in points. Orr would go on to win another scoring title in 1975. There is always going to be someone who leads the league in points, and Gretzky lead the league almost every year it seemed like, but what Orr did was incredible. He is still to this day, the only defensemen to lead the league in points and HE DID IT TWICE!!! He revolutionized the game, he was the first guy to take the puck from his own defensive end and skate the puck up to start the rush. Now I know my buddies of mine here at the site are going to say Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, or Sakic are the greatest hockey players ever, but THAT IS NOT TRUE. Robert Gordon Orr is in a League of his own, and this day 40 years ago helped to begin his legacy as the greatest player (skater) to ever play the game of hockey. Orr is the reason I chose to play defense. He truly was the first true offensive defensemen.

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