WELLFLEET — The Wellfleet Police Dept. received an unexpected visitor on Monday, Aug. 24. Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr stopped by the police station on Lawrence Road unannounced to thank the department for its service to the community.
Wellfleet Police Chief Mike Hurley said the visit by the hockey great was unprecedented, to his knowledge.
“This was a spontaneous visit,” Hurley said. “Mr. Orr just showed up in the lobby looking to thank the staff for all their hard work and dedication.”
Orr was a defenseman for the Bruins from 1966 to 1976, during which he led the franchise to eight consecutive playoff appearances and two Stanley Cup titles, in 1970 and 1972. The Canada native won 18 individual awards in his career and is listed as one of the 100 Greatest National Hockey League Players on the league’s website.
Orr wore number 4 and he is often referred to as “Number Four Bobby Orr.” He retired at the early age of 30 years, due to bad knees, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.
“He stayed for approximately half an hour and took photos with individual officers, along with talking hockey with some fans,” Hurley said of Orr’s visit in Wellfleet. “The department appreciates Bobby Orr’s visit and his kind words. He’s a class act.”
Orr autographed a copy of the iconic photo of him flying through the air after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the St. Louis Blues at the Boston Garden and win the 1970 Stanley Cup.