r Letter From Eastie: Bobby Orr is a nice guy.
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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bobby Orr is a nice guy.

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From the Boston Globe:
It all started when Bobby Orr read a column by the Globe's Brian McGrory about Bill Langan, a junior on East Boston's Savio Prep hockey team. Langan's mother, Karen, died right before the team was to play Scituate for the Eastern Massachusetts championship. Langan quoted his mom as saying that he should play in the state title game at TD Banknorth Garden before her funeral because she asked him to ''keep everything routine." Langan told McGrory that his mom attended all of his games and ''she used to tell me she was there when Bobby Orr scored. It was like she was up in the rafters watching." (Although the team lost the state title game, Langan scored a goal.) Orr called Langan after the column appeared to ask if the young hockey player needed anything, according to Savio's coach, Joe Ciccarello. Langan called back and asked Orr if he could attend the season-ending dinner. Orr said he wouldn't promise because he was in the middle of a move to Florida. But Wednesday night, he showed up at Orient Heights Yacht Club. ''No fanfare, no warning, no phone call before," Ciccarello wrote in an e-mail. ''He just showed up and stayed for an hour!"


  • At 8:31 AM, Blogger Norma said…

    I saw that story in the Globe and I'm not at all surprised by Bobby Orr's actions following it. My older brother was a huge Bruins fan, and when he was a young kid (6 or 7 years old), hospitalized in the early 70's, dying of leukemia, Bobby Orr visited him and it was the most special day of my brother's short life. I don't know how he found out about my brother, and I'm sure there was no advance notice or media -- but Bobby Orr was at the height of his career and stardom and he knew even then how important actions could be. I'm glad to hear that he still does.


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