by Michael Schultz on October 25, 2013
Bobby Orr has his new autobiography out. It’s called Orr: My Story. It’s a good read. Mr. Orr’s website has video of the famous overtime goal in 1970 against St. Louis to win the Stanley Cup. A give and go pass to and from Derek Sanderson and then Orr flying through the air with stick raised in victory after putting it past goalie Glenn Hall.
Bobby wasn’t always number 4. He got it when another guy was traded and he joined the Bruins.
Today’s heckling story is actually a tale about the Bruins and coach Milt Schmidt, the former Bruin player turned Bruins coach in the 60s. Milt helped put together the new Bruins lineup that featured Phil Esposito ( in a trade from Chicago). Milt had also brought Eddie ‘The Entertainer’ Shack into the organization as well in the mid 60s. Shack was known as a joker and a rough and tumble player – as the song about him says ‘ he can knock ‘em down and give ‘em a whack ….Eddie, Eddie Shack.’ ( he could also ‘score goals – he’s got the knack – Eddie, Eddie Shack.’)
Schmidt was an enforcer of punctuality. One day Milt arrived a little late on the bus to the airport with the team. Eddie yelled out from the back of the bus, ” Hey, Miltie….are we all going to be fined for being early?” To which Schmidt rose and turned to Shack and said ” You’ll be gone.” And, as Orr recalls, Eddie was traded.
Bobby always thought it was this heckling incident that got Eddie Shack traded. As it turns out, Eddie was also mocking the hats worn by Bruins owner Weston Adams. Oops. Adams had instructed Milt to get rid of Eddie.
Proof again that heckling and speaking out can get you in trouble even if you entertain a few folks along the way. Orr and Shack were both colourful players of their era….the best era in NHL history.
Orr had a busy launch. Lots of CBC coverage. Here he is on Strombo: