Bobby Orr is 65 now and still widely considered the greatest hockey player who ever lived. But if a man’s true greatness can be measured by the deeds he does when no one is looking, then Orr has forged a transcendent legacy by bringing light to the dark corners of the world around him.
For decades, Orr has privately counseled and comforted the sick and dying, the disabled and disenfranchised, the poor and grieving.
He is old enough for Medicare, his boyish face wrinkling, his chestnut hair graying, his mangled knees remade with titanium. But “Number 4, Bobby Orr,’’ as he was known generations ago by children who ate from Bobby Orr lunch boxes and skated in Bobby Orr gear on dozens of new rinks that opened amid Orr Fever, reigns as one of the most admired athletes in North America both for his revolutionary hockey career and personal grace. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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