Widely regarded as one of the best defensemen to lace up skates, Bobby Orr used his dazzling combination of speed, stick handling and hockey sense to revolutionize what it meant to be an NHL defenseman.
He’s the only defenseman in the history of the NHL to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring leader — he did it twice. He also won eight consecutive Norris Trophies and three consecutive Hart Trophies. Unfortunately, knee injuries forced Orr to retire by age 30, putting an early end to an exceptional career.
So, what gear was Orr using to accumulate all these achievements?
Near the beginning of his career, Orr wore CCM Super Tacks skates (with his signature No. 4 added near the outer portion of his heel), Winnwell gloves with a cuff that nearly extended to his elbow and a Northland wood stick. Throughout his entire NHL career, Orr never wore a helmet.
As his career progressed, Orr dropped his Northland wood stick for a Victoriaville wood stick, traded in his Winnwell gloves for Coopers and ditched his CCM Super Tacks for a pair of Bauers.
While his choice of gear was nothing out of the ordinary for his era, there was one aspect of his game that always raised eyebrows: He would put only two strips of tape on his blade.