Bobby Orr met Gordie Howe for first time at summer camp

Hockey legend Bobby Orr met fellow Hall of Famer and personal hero Gordie Howe when he was a young teenager at the now defunct Camp Wee Gee Wa near Parry Sound, Ontario.

Orr, who played for the Boston Bruins for 10 seasons and the Chicago Blackhawks for two more, is on a short list of players considered the greatest of all time that includes Gordie Howe, who played in the NHL over the course of five different decades.

Orr talks about his first encounter with Howe at a camp his coach Royce Tennant helped run in the summer in his new autobiography Orr: MyStory:

“One of the guests (Tennant) invited to make an appearance that particular year was none other Gordie Howe, and that was the first time I actually got to meet the man who was one of my heroes growing up. And by the way, Gordie Howe is still one of my heroes to this day. As an added bonus, Royce set it up so I could go out on a little fishing expedition with Number 9, and it was a dreamlike experience catching fish alongside Mr. Hockey. When the day was done, Coach Tennant asked me, “Well, Bobby, did Mr. Howe give you any advice about your hockey career?” to which I replied, “Yes, Coach, he told me that when I get to the National Hockey League, I should look out for just one thing: his elbows!”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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