TORONTO – On Bobby Orr's birthday Monday, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara talked about how the iconic Orr redefined the defenseman position in the NHL and B's coach Bruce Cassidy recalled wearing No. 4 while idolizing Orr growing up in Ottawa.
Cassidy said he even had the Ottawa Citizen front page featuring the famous photo of Orr’s leaping Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970 tacked up in his room as a hockey-crazed kid in Ontario.
“I always wore No. 4 as a kid and I loved watching him play, so I always tried to be an offensive defenseman,” said Cassidy. “I don’t think anybody can truly say they measured up to Bobby Orr.”
So, every member of the Bruins organization celebrated the legendary Orr turning the ripe old age of 69 in their own way on Monday morning, including Brad Marchand channeling Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s Billy Madison-like preoccupation with the No. 69 when asked about it following morning skate at the Air Canada Centre.
“Happy birthday to Bobby. It’s a great age. Great year,” said Marchand with an impish smile on his face after also getting named the NHL’s No. 1 Star for this week. “He’s obviously a tremendous icon in this game and he was able to change the way that the defense play their position in the game. He’s also an incredible human being. Just the nicest guy you’re ever going to meet, so happy birthday to him and many more to come.”
There’s no word on how the Greatest Player in NHL history is celebrating his birthday this year, but it might just include watching Marchand and the rest of his Bruins teammates take on the Maple Leafs in a showdown in Toronto with major playoff implications.