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Today is Saturday, March 20, the 80th day of 2004 with 286 to follow.
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A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

Finalists named for Pearson Award

TORONTO, April 28 (UPI) -- Peter Forsberg of Colorado and Markus Naslund of Vancouver are two of the three finalists for the NHL's Lester B. Pearson Award.

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Today is Thursday, March 20, the 79th day of 2003 with 286 to follow.
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Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the second of three wrap-ups for Feb. 12.

NHL Awards: Hart

TORONTO, June 20 (UPI) -- Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player)

NHL Awards: Norris

TORONTO, June 20 (UPI) -- Norris Trophy Winners (Best Defenseman)

NHL Awards: Calder

TORONTO, June 20 (UPI) -- Calder Trophy Winners (Rookie of the Year):

List of Stanley Cup MVPs

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MORE LOONEY TUNES ARE ON THE WAY Warner Bros. says it's decided to step up its production of new Looney Tunes cartoons.
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Iginia finalist for NHL MVP honors

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, the NHL's leading scorer and only player to reach 50 goals this

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Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2002 with 286 to follow. Spring begins today in the Northern Hemisphere at 2:16 p.m. EST. The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.
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Hockey Hall of Fame members

TORONTO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Hockey Hall of Fame members:

Boston 4, Anaheim 2

BOSTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- After honoring Ray Bourque during an emotional pregame ceremony Thursday night, the Boston Bruins treated new coach Robbie Ftorek to a season-opening, 4-2 victo
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Bobby Orr
Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr (R) shakes hands with Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield before the Red Sox home opener against the Detroit Tigers Boston, Massachusetts on April 8, 2008. Orr was there as part of the 2007 World Series ring presentation. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)

Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Orr played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for his entire career, the first ten seasons with the Boston Bruins, joining the Chicago Black Hawks for two more. Orr is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. A defenceman, Orr used his ice skating speed and scoring and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position. As of 2011, Orr remains the only defenceman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies and holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenceman. Orr won a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenceman and three consecutive Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player (MVP). Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 at age 31, the youngest to that day to be inducted into the Hall.

Orr started in organized hockey at age five. He first played as a forward, but was later moved to defence by his coach. Going against the standard practice of the time, the coach felt that Orr's offensive skills were best suited for a rushing defenceman role and he gave Orr the freedom to play that role despite its inherent risks. At fourteen, Orr joined the Oshawa Generals, the Bruins' junior hockey affiliate, and he was an all-star for three of his four seasons. In 1966, Orr joined Boston, a team that had not won a Stanley Cup since 1941 and had not qualified for the playoffs since 1959. With Orr, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1970 and 1972, and lost in the 1974 Final. In both victories, Orr scored the clinching goal and was named the playoff MVP. In the final achievement of his career, he was the MVP of the 1976 Canada Cup international hockey tournament. In 1976, Orr left Boston as a free agent to join the Black Hawks, but repeated injuries had effectively destroyed his left knee, and he retired in 1978 at age 30.

Orr's first professional contract was one of the first in professional ice hockey to be negotiated by an agent. It made him the highest-paid player in NHL history as a rookie. His second contract was the first million-dollar contract in the NHL. However, after his retirement, Orr learned that he was deeply in debt and he had to sell off most of what he owned. Orr broke with his agent Alan Eagleson and sued the Black Hawks to settle his contract. Orr and his family returned to Boston where Orr went into business to rebuild his finances. Orr aided the investigations that led to Eagleson's fraud convictions and disbarment. Orr also supported the law suit that exposed the corruption of the NHL's pension plan.

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