Stephen Brunt may be "Searching For Bobby Orr," but I found him. He's in Prince George, BC this weekend. He and Cassie Campbell are here with Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey, which teaches youth about the values of respect and responsibility on the ice.I'm in P.G., too, though not for any hockey related reason (nor curling either, as the Canadian Olympic curling qualifications are here this weekend too). I'm here with for a youth swim meet. Busy town.
Swim meets are incredibly long affairs considering the kid spends a combined total of like 6 minutes in the water. So I have a lot of time to kill, and unfortunately for me that means a lot of time in shopping malls. I was in the local jersey/collectibles shop and overheard the clerk mention they were sold right out of everything and anything Boston Bruins. At the time I had no idea about Orr's presence in the northern town. I found the Bruins support in this town odd, although I never really gave it a second thought.
I get to the pool on Saturday morning and grab a copy of the Prince George Free Press and find Hartley Miller's piece about Orr being the best player who ever lived. My first thought was that's an out-of-nowhere story. Then I read on about Orr being in town and I think I let out a big "whoa," which must have surprised those sitting around me, as the swim meet was still in warm up mode.
Had I known Bobby Orr was here I certainly would have been a little more proactive in trying to meet him. It certainly would have beaten shopping malls and food courts!