May 19, 2012
Bobby Orr Lifts Spirits Of High School Cancer Patient
From the Patriot Ledger:
Soon after being diagnosed with cancer at the conclusion of his senior season, Hingham High hockey star James Gordon got a surprise pick-me-up phone call from Toronto Maple Leafs forward (and cancer survivor) Phil Kessel.
Turns out, that was only the second-coolest celebrity moment Gordon has enjoyed.
Two weeks ago, Bruins legend Bobby Orr dropped by the Gordon house and chatted for almost three hours.
“Unbelievable,” Gordon marveled Thursday at a fundraiser in his honor at Lombardo’s in Randolph. “It was awesome.”
The two talked hockey for a little while. Mostly, the Hall of Famer just made himself at home.
“He loved my sister Jenna,” who was born with Down syndrome, Gordon said. “He was playing with her a lot.”
Orr had long ago hung up his skates by the time Gordon took up the game, but, “I’ve seen his highlights,” Gordon said, “and my dad talks about him all the time.”