44 years ago, on Monday, Bobby Orr accepted a contract with the Chicago black hawks, wishing to revive his career after having suffered a major knee operation.
Limited to 10 games during the season 1975-1976, the 10th in the uniform of the Boston Bruins, Orr has agreed to a pact of five years and $ 3 million on June 8, 1976 with the team of Illinois. The president of the training at the time, Bill Wirtz, had also confessed that he was a risky bet.
But Orr wanted to continue his career, and Chicago seemed like the ideal place to do it. He left behind him a pan of his life which had given him eight trophies Norris, three Hart, two Art Ross and two Conn-Smythe.
“It was a long time ago, said Orr to the official site of the Blackhawks recently. It was hard to leave Boston, but I was excited about Chicago. A great city, one of the six teams of the original, old arena magnificent, supporters great. Boston and Chicago have had great matches against each other.”
Unfortunately for Orr, considered by many as the best player in the history of the national hockey League (NHL), things don’t go as planned. The back has only played 20 meetings in 1976-1977 due to his knee injury.
In 1977, he has undergone six knee surgeries and he missed the entire season 1977-1978. The following year, he participated in six games before getting to the obvious: his career was over.
“I knew that the time was spinning. My knee was in a bad state and it did not improve. I thought, when I played for my country in 1976, I had many things to offer. But I wanted to try, because I had already played previously injured. I would have liked to give more to the Blackhawks, but I was just not able,” concluded Orr.