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Dec. 20, 1967

Bobby Orr was sidelined with a splinter fracture of his left collarbone on Dec. 9 and was getting antsy with life as a couch potato. On this night he had planned to visit friends and watch the Bruins take on the Blackhawks, but was doubtful he could make it through all three periods.

“After awhile, I get feeling a little mad, and I don’t like me friends to see or hear me when I get feeling that way,” he said in a Boston Globe interview.

“I’ve done a little cooking for myself and I try to keep busy but I get restless.”

A 19-year-old well down the road to becoming the best player in the NHL can be forgiven for a bout of restlessness. He would spend another month recovering from the shoulder, later landing back on the couch with a recurring knee problem.

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