Born: January 27, 1952 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bobby Orr Story: The winger joined the Bruins’ minor league affiliate in Providence in 1973, scoring 15 goals and adding 25 assists in 48 games. After being named American Hockey League player of the year, he played for the Bruins in the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring twice and scoring six points in 18 games before his promotion to Boston. Orr was a stalwart for the Bruins from 1974 until he retired in 1979 with 548 points in 499 games, and was captain of the 1975 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
Orr blazed a trail for other European players, winning three Art Ross Trophies as the NHL’s leading scorer, which was later broken by Wayne Gretzky.
Leafs Won Stanley Cup: Gretzky was drafted first overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984 and played for the Flyers for five seasons. On June 17, 1987, Gretzky became the first rookie to score 100 points since the NHL took the additional points for overtime and shootout goals into consideration. He finished the season with 106 points and scored five goals in a playoff game against Montreal. Gretzky led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup title against Montreal in 1991, scoring two goals.
Gretzky in the NHL: The second-overall draft pick was traded to Los Angeles in March 1988 and played for them for six seasons. Gretzky led the Kings to the Stanley Cup championship in 1992 with 111 points in 83 games, and scored a hat trick in Game 7 against Edmonton.
Gretzky with the Yankees: Gretzky played nine seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and will most famously be remembered for his game-winning three-run homer in Game 7 of the 1993 World Series.
Gretzky playing golf: Gretzky was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 1996. He was married to Janet Jones, the first woman to play in a men’s professional golf tournament, in 1992. They have two children.
Gretzky’s Retirement: Gretzky retired from the NHL in March 1998, two seasons early. He retired after the 2006-07 season with more than 1,000 points, and earned a key for Salt Lake City in the 2002 Winter Olympics and an Olympic spot for Los Angeles in 2014.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.