May 5, 1972: Boston Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr was awarded his 3rd consecutive Hart Memorial Trophy and 5th consecutive James Norris Memorial Trophy, both records at the time, the latter of which still stands.
Bobby Orr‘s potential as an NHL star was recognized at a young age, which is why the Bruins initially signed the Hall of Famer when he was just 14.
Known for his amazing skating skills, hockey IQ, and offensive contributions, he’s often recognized as forever-revolutionizing the defensive position in hockey.
And in just his second season in the NHL, Bobby Orr won his first of eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the league’s top defenseman — both the total and the streak still stand as NHL records.
But by his third NHL season, Bobby Orr wasn’t just recognized as the best defenseman in the league but the most valuable player in the entire NHL, capturing the 1969-70 Hart Trophy.
*Orr was the first defenseman to win a Hart Trophy since the Maple Leaf’s Babe Pratt in 1944.
By the end of the 1971-72 season, Bobby Orr collected an impressive 37 goals and 80 assists for 117 points, second only to teammate Phil Esposito‘s 133 points that year.
But neither Esposito’s points or Ken Dryden‘s netminding were good enough to steal the Hart Trophy away from Orr in 1972.
Bobby Orr’s third consecutive Hart Trophy in 1972 was a record until Wayne Gretzky began his eight-year run beginning in the 1979-80 season.