You’re likely going to see this video on repeat 24/7 for two weeks if the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. It is the most iconic goal in Stanley Cup history and has been immortalized in photos. Today is May 10, Bobby Orr Day!
49 years ago today, on Mother’s Day 1970, arguably the greatest player that ever laced them up and certainly the best defenseman ever, soared through the air after scoring one of the most celebrated goals in NHL history. It has become one of the most iconic moments in sports history.
Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final at the old Boston Garden between the St. Louis Blues and Bruins was in overtime. Orr fed the puck to Derek Sandersen, crossed in front, took the pass back from Sanderson and the rest is history.
It is now one of the most framed photos in New England history. According to hall of fame puck scribe and former Bruins beat reporter Russ Conway of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, that famous photo of “the goal” is the most signed sports photo ever.
“That just shows you how not only was Bobby the greatest player ever, he’s a great human being,” Conway told Boston Hockey Now. “That picture with his signature jas easily raised millions for charities in various fundraisers and auctions. Any pub you go into in New England more often than not has one up on the wall. The greatest thing though is for us lucky enough to be alive then, that photo will always be in our memories. What a moment!”
Here’s the more commonly played Dan Kelly call:
And here’s legendary Bruins TV play-by-play man Fred Cusick calling “The Goal”