March 15, 1970. Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr scores two goals and adds two assists in a 5-5 tie against the Red Wings. In doing so he becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to register 100 points in a single NHL season. He is only the fourth player in history to top the century mark, too.
On top of that, Orr became the first player in NHL history - regardless of position - to score 100 points and record 100 penalty minutes in the same season!
"He's the perfect hockey player."
Those are the words of Boston coach/GM Harry Sinden, who had the best look at Orr on a nightly basis and insists Orr is the best player ever because he blended extraordinary talent and a brand of toughness that no one else has ever possessed.
"(Gordie) Howe could do everything, but not at top speed. (Bobby) Hull went at top speed but couldn't do everything. The physical aspect is absent from (Wayne) Gretzky's game. Orr would do everything, and do it at top speed."
To make matters even more interesting, Orr was the sport's most dominant player, arguably its perfect player, and he did from the blue line. By doing so Orr revolutionized the game of hockey. His slick passing and playmaking and his end to end rushes were unheard of by a defenseman. Only the very very best forwards would try a solo effort. Orr did it seemingly effortlessly, and so convincingly, therefore forever changing the hockey landscape.
Perhaps the great writer Jack Falla sums it up best:
“Orr had broken scoring records by such huge margins and played with such creativity and abandon as to alter a half century of tactical hockey orthodoxy about the proper role of a defenseman.”
Here's the full Bobby Orr biography.