Today isn't just Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. It's also an important date in Boston Bruins history.
On June 12th, 1979 -- 40 years ago to the day -- Bobby Orr was selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. As pointed out by the Team Canada 1972 Twitter account, Orr made it in just a few months after the end of his playing career, as the Hall of Fame waived the three-year waiting period for him.
Jun 12/79 At age 31 Bobby Orr becomes youngest player to be selected for induction to @HockeyHallFame The Hall waives its 3-year waiting period, Orr is inducted months after officially ending his career @Johnubacon @niagaracatholic @newerakate @LorettoFalls @StJosephSnyder pic.twitter.com/DqKwzyhiQq— Team Canada 1972 (@TeamCanada1972) June 12, 2019
Orr is widely considered to be the greatest defenseman in NHL history. In 10 seasons with the Bruins, he logged 888 points and a ridiculous plus/minus of plus-574. He led the league in assists five times, had six consecutive 100-point seasons (leading the league in the category twice), and led the league in plus/minus six different times, including an NHL-record plus-124 during the 1970-71 season.
So, it's easy to why the Hockey Hall of Fame wanted him in sooner rather than later.
Perhaps this is a good omen for the Bruins. After all, it was Orr who scored the iconic game-winning overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues when these two teams met in the 1970 Stanley Cup. Maybe the Bruins will be able to honor the anniversary of his induction to the Hall of Fame with another iconic win over the Blues to bring the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time since 2011.
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