Ice Hockey Skates

March 5, 1973

Bobby Orr, like his fans, did not want to consider the possibility that his surgically repaired left knee might be a greater impediment than he, and they, feared.

He skipped a doctor’s appointment to have the knee checked out, then bowed out of that day’s home game against Chicago.

Bruins trainer Dan Canney reported that Orr told him the knee just needed a day or two of rest.

If only that were the case. Orr returned to action, but knew the knee was going to require plenty of care for the remainder of his NHL career.

Orr appeared in 63 regular-season games in the 1972-73 season and played well, amassing scoring 29 goals with 72 assists. The Rangers stunned the Bruins by winning their first-round playoff series in five games, with Orr of little consequence.

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