TORONTO/NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Penguin Canada Associate Publisher Nick
Garrison has inked a deal with Bobby Orr to publish the hockey icon's
autobiography, Orr: My Story, under the company's Viking imprint on October
15, 2013. The agreement was arranged in collaboration with G.P. Putnam's Sons
Senior Vice President, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Neil Nyren, who plans
simultaneous publication in the United States.
Orr, who has always been reluctant to talk about his many triumphs and has
never spoken publicly about his personal relationships, even when they made
their way into the headlines, promises to set the record straight on his
remarkable life story. While the memoir will include chapters reflecting on
the incomparable career of a beloved sports statesman it will also feature the
candid thoughts of a man who once lost nearly everything to the treachery of
his best friend, then reinvented himself and found renewed success.
"I'm like most people in that over time I've wanted to write down my thoughts,
make sense of many things I've seen, and share some things I've learned," says
Orr. "Having played in the National Hockey League doesn't make me a better
person than anyone else but it does mean that I've met some interesting people
and been through some experiences I think are worth putting on paper. This
moment in my life seems the right time to do just that."
"Like a lot of Canadian kids, I idolized Number 4," says Garrison. "I've never
doubted that Bobby Orr was the greatest player ever to suit up in the NHL. His
stats are more than enough to make that case, but it's the things that are
hard to measure that really set him apart - his fearlessness, his grace, his
humility. This book will capture not only the greatness of Bobby Orr, but more
importantly the qualities that made him great, even after he retired from the
"Having grown up in Boston," says Nyren, "I know first-hand that Bobby Orr is
that rare phenomenon: a hockey player who stands out as a true superstar in
the United States. Orr is still sports royalty in New England, and in hockey
towns all across the country, and that's as much for the person he is off the
ice as the legend he became while wearing a Bruins sweater."
About Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr, born in Parry Sound, Ontario, in 1948, played for the Boston Bruins
from 1966 through 1976, and helped lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup
championship in 1970 and 1972, and to the finals in 1974. He is widely
regarded as one of the greatest hockey players - maybe the greatest hockey
player - of all time. His speed and scoring and playmaking abilities
revolutionized the position of defenseman. As of this date, he remains the
only defenseman to have won the Art Ross Trophy league scoring title - twice -
and still holds the record for most points and assists at that position. Orr
won a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman
and three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league's MVP, as well as two Conn
Smythe Trophies as the Stanley Cup MVP. He is the only player in history to
have won the Ross, Norris, Hart, and Conn Smythe Trophies in a single season.
He was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame at the age of 31 - the youngest
living player to receive that honour. After his retirement in 1978, Orr was
active with business and charitable works, and in 1996, he entered the player
agent business, and today is president of the Orr Hockey Group agency. He has
been invested with the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond
Jubilee Medal, and in 2010 was one of eight athletes who bore the Olympic flag
during the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics.
About Penguin Canada
Penguin Group (www.penguin.com), one of the world's largest English-language
trade book publishers, has established divisions and key market positions in
Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, China, South
Africa, New Zealand and Ireland. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson, the
international media company.
Penguin Canada, founded in 1974, is one of Canada's preeminent trade
publishers, publishing and distributing a wide range of imprints including
Allen Lane, Hamish Hamilton, Dutton, Gotham, Riverhead, Viking, G.P. Putnam's
Sons, Plume and Berkley Books.
Beth Lockley Executive Director, Publicity & Marketing Penguin Canada
Stephen Myers Publicity Manager Penguin Canada 416.928.2420
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