Orr statue now front and center at TD Garden
Monument of Bruins great moved to The Hub
THE STATUE OF BRUINS GREAT Bobby Orr has a new home right in the middle of the new entrance to TD Garden dubbed The Hub.
It’s a prominent spot for the sculpture of the defenseman depicted in mid-celebratory-dive after scoring the goal that clinched the Stanley Cup in 1970.
The statue was moved on Sunday just in time for the Bruins’ first pre-season game Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, according to a spokeswoman for TD Garden. Before the game, fans in black and gold posed for photos around the statue.
Weighing 600 pounds, the bronze statue was first installed outside the TD Garden in 2010. It was the creation of sculptor Harry Weber, according to an old write-up from the team, which reported that the Bruins had financed the artwork.
The plaza that is now home to the Orr statue is on the footprint of the old Boston Garden, where Orr played, and there is inlay in the floor showing where the old faceoff circles were located in the stadium that was demolished in 1998.Orr is hardly the only sports figure to be commemorated in statue form. Two Celtics greats, who also called the old Garden home, Bill Russell, a center and coach, and Red Auerbach, the longtime coach, each have statues a few blocks away, near City Hall. According to the city’s arts and culture department, there are no plans to move the statues of Russell and Auerbach.
The statue depicts Orr right after he scored the finals-winning goal over the St. Louis Blues. Earlier this year, the Blues defeated the Bruins in the finals to clinch the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.