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16-Year Old Orr

From Maclean’s magazine, February 20, 1965, which I’ve had since it first appeared on newsstands.

It’s sixteen year old Bobby Orr playing for the Oshawa Generals, with Peter Mahovlich wearing number 20 for the Hamilton Red Wings.

The caption under the photo asks the question; “Has Boston Captured the NHL’s Next Superstar?”

In the article, when asked if the publicity bothered him, the young Orr replied, “I try not to read about myself. So many people have told me not to get a swelled head that I’m scared to read the stuff.”

Suitable For Framing

I was going to wait until the Canadiens and Leafs squared off before posting this great picture but I see that they don’t play each other again until Valentine’s Day which is a long way away. So I decided to put it up today instead.

A great old Habs/Leafs illustration on the cover of a 1949 MacLean’s magazine, created by Canadian artist Franklin Arbuckle and sent to me by Ed, a fellow who was at John Lennon’s Montreal press conference in 1969 and who handed John a Canadiens sweater and toque to wear, which you can see here – Lennon’s Habs sweater.

From Ed’s pile of old magazines – back in the days when players from opposing teams sat together in the penalty box.


Pocket Rocket In An Old Maclean’s

This great old MacLean’s magazine (below) is from March 29, 1958, and has a nice feature on Henri Richard and how the small centreman (5’7″, 160 lbs.) was emerging from his big brother’s shadow and making a name for himself on his own merits.

Henri was just six years old when his parents began taking him to the Forum to see Maurice play, and as he grew up people constantly pointed him out as Maurice Richard’s younger brother. That was a problem with Henri – he was Maurice’s brother. People wouldn’t let him forget it, and he was taunted by junior opponents and by fans. “Hey Rocket, come and help me,” they’d yell, or, “I’m going to tell my brother on you.”

But Henri stuck it out, made the big team, blossomed on his own, fought his own battles, and became so much more than just a kid brother. Coach Toe Blake said he was the fastest player he’d ever seen, even faster than Howie Morenz, whom Blake had played a short time with. Henri was tough as nails, would become a legend as we all know, one of the greatest Habs ever, and throughout his career he was the all-important second-line centreman on the Canadiens, behind Jean Beliveau, and captured a record-setting 11 Stanley Cups, which is the most by any player ever. (Beliveau has 10).

He did it all without a whole lot of help from big brother, and as he and Rocket rarely spoke in the room or on the ice. Although you can be sure that Henri was inspired by Maurice in many ways.

That’s just the way it was, and it worked out fine.