The book that hockey fans have been waiting for: the definitive, unauthorized account of the man many say was the greatest player the game has ever seen.
The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in all of sports. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know the mystique and tradition surrounding Boston's immortal defenseman. In the glory years of the Original Six, he and Gordy Howe were the Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio of their sport with equally as rabid a following. In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada's premier sportswriter gives us a compelling and graceful look at the life and time of Bobby Orr that is also a revealing portrait of the game and a county in transition.
Stephen Brunt is one of Canada’s premier sportswriters and commentators. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.
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“Millions of Canadians of a certain age can remember The Goal: Orr flying through the air after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Bruins in 1970. Though a legend, the man himself has always been elusive, but Brunt gives us a glimpse into what makes him tick.” National Post
“Stephen Brunt doesn’t find Bobby Orr but he brings us closer to our long-gone hero. It’s a wonderful book with prose as fluid and as fine as that of an early David Halberstam. The atmosphere of the times is drawn in such a way as to make the reader feel part of the proceedings. The author moves the words with the ease with which the subject moved his skates.” The Globe and Mail
“Anyone who has heard Don Cherry, or others, sing the praises of the pride of Parry Sound knows that [Bobby Orr] occupies a special place in hockey memories.” Toronto Star
“Searching for Bobby Orr [is] not only one of the best hockey books ever, but a book that transcends hockey.... Some, then, might consider Orr’s story to be ultimately a sad one: all-too-brief brilliance followed by an extended anticlimax. Brunt’s eloquent study, admiring but never sycophantic, indicates that he isn’t one of them, and he makes a convincing case.” Edmonton Journal
“Stephen Brunt, recognized as one of the premier sports writers in Canada, explores not only what made Orr so great but also delves into the private side of the legend as thoroughly as one can do without the direct input of the subject in Searching For Bobby Orr.... Even without Orr’s cooperation, Brunt gives readers an impressive look into the life of a legend, and that’s enough to satisfy any hockey fan.” Calgary Herald