The 25 Greatest Sports Careers Ruined by Injury

17. Bobby Orr

Sport: Hockey
Years Active: 1966-1978
Career Stats: 270 G 645 A 915 P
Injuries: 12 knee surgeries by end of playing career

By the time Bobby Orr called it quits he owned damn near every record a defenceman can own. He won the Norris Trophy (best defenceman) eight consecutive times, the Hart Trophy (MVP) three consecutive times, and is recognized as the greatest player ever behind Wayne Gretzky. Orr was a rare breed. He was a defenceman that hit hard and could score with the best of them. Teams worked their entire gameplan around him. He led the Boston Bruins to two Stanley Cups and was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) twice. If it weren't for his plethora of knee procedures, Orr might've played five more years. It's absolutely astonishing that he was able to revolutionize the game in such a short time.

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