People, Jun. 21, 1976

For Boston's insatiable hockey fans it was a slick—and dirty—trick. Bobby Orr, 28, their defenseman without equal in the history of the game, was skating off to become a Chicago Black Hawk. What would make beloved Bobby leave the Bruins? A reported fiveyear, $3 million contract. What would enable all Boston to blink back the tears? The knowledge that Orr's rickety left knee (five operations in the past eight years) allowed him to play only ten games last season. But at week's end Orr checked out of a Toronto hospital, where doctors examined...

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