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Bruins Craic: Scotty Bowman On Bobby Orr And The 1970 Bruins (Part 1)



In the latest Bruins Craic podcast, the greatest NHL coach ever Scotty Bowman joined my cohost Kevin Flanagan and me to discuss the greatest NHL player ever, Bobby Orr and the 1970 Boston Bruins.

Bowman was behind the bench for the St. Louis Blues when Orr flew through the air after beating Blues goalie Glenn Hall for the overtime winner to clinch the Stanley Cup for the Bruins 50 years ago this Sunday. The 14-time Stanley Cup champion and hall of fame coach touched on that iconic moment and the historic photo that captured the moment forever. Bowman also recalled scouting, coaching against, and coaching Orr, who he agreed, revolutionized the game.

“Oh sure, because in those days, defenseman played defense,” Bowman replied on the latest Bruins Craic podcast when asked if he knew how great Orr was going to be. “Bobby Orr was average size by the time he got to the NHL. He had got a lot bigger after his growth spurt after he was 14. I could see it in Junior. …I mean we never saw players like that before. …accelerate, and when he first came into the league, people were wondering ‘He’s an offensive player, he’s not going to be able to do everything he did in Junior’. Well, he did more! He had the puck all the time anyways but he could defend. I think even with Boston when he went to training camp in London, Ontario the first year he made the Bruins, they had him up on forward, they looked at him a few times because there were hardly any forwards that could skate like he could.”

To listen to Part 1 of an 80-minute must listen for not just any Bruins fan but any hockey fan as the 50-year anniversary of the 1970 Bruins and Orr’s goal arrives this Sunday click here.


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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[…] age. All of these memories of that beloved team and the greatest hockey player ever that have been shared this past week are stored away in our brains and could be told word-for-word. For many that never got to see Orr […]

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