Greenfield artist Scott meets hockey great Orr for latest project
Greenfield artist Robb Scott created this pencil drawing of Bobby Orr after reaching a deal with the Hall of Famer's memorabilia company. Scott recently travelled to Cape Cod, Mass., to sign the prints with Orr. JOEY SMITH - TRURO DAILY NEWS
TRURO - Robb Scott grew up on a healthy diet of Bobby Orr stories.
His father, an Orr worshipper, regularly preached about how great the legendary Boston Bruins defenceman was. Scott developed a sense of awe for the aura surrounding the player and Orr became an athlete Scott always wanted to draw.
The 37-year-old Greenfield resident recently realized that dream after reaching an agreement with Great North Road America - Orr's official memorabilia company - to produce 79 hand-signed prints.
"I always wanted to capture the stories I heard, that smooth skating style, controlling the puck, like nobody could touch him," Scott said.
Working with high-profile athletes is nothing new to Scott, who has already created limited edition drawings signed by basketball great Michael Jordan - released earlier this year by Upper Deck - and Cole Harbour's Sidney Crosby. He's also produced a rendering of world-record racehorse Somebeachsomewhere.
But the Orr project brought something unique, the chance to actually meet his subject. In the past, his drawings were always shipped to the athlete for signing. This time Scott and his wife Kelly travelled to Orr's Cape Cod home earlier this month to meet with the Hockey Hall of Famer and pen their signatures on the prints together.
The meet was originally scheduled for a different location until Scott was contacted the day of the signing and was asked to meet Orr at his home. Upon arrival, all the stories he heard as a kid rushed back into his mind.
"I was trying to be cool with it, but I was sweating and my wife was poking fun at me," he said with a laugh. "He dropped something on the ground and I kneeled down to pick it up and was so close to him I could have kissed his knee, the one you always hear about that went through so much punishment."
"But he was very kind to us and really loved Kelly. I was just kind of the sideshow," he added while chuckling.
Orr was an all-star defenceman, who led the Bruins to Stanley Cup titles in 1970 and 1972. He won the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman a record eight straight times and won the Hart Trophy three straight times as the league's MVP. He is the only defenceman to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion, doing it twice – in 1970 and 1975. He was also the MVP of the 1976 Canada Cup.
All copies of the drawing are now on the market and are valued at about $1,200 each. The number of drawings produced was chosen to coincide with Orr's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979. The drawing can be found on his Facebook page 'The Drawing Factory.' Just 10 of the drawings were specially inscribed with 'Bobby Orr Hall of Fame '79' but are already sold out.
The drawing features Orr in a Team Canada uniform controlling the puck with one hand while fighting off an opposing player with the other. In the background is a modern-day depiction of Orr's face along with his legendary No. 4 Bruins banner.
Scott said both Orr and his memorabilia company representatives loved the depiction.
"I always liked the Team Canada theme and when I sent it to them they thought it was fantastic because you don't see that often," he said. "A lot of it is him flying through the air after the famous goal."
Scott wondered if the Team Canada uniform would turn off potential American collectors. But since Scott has become Great North Road America's exclusive Orr artist, he'll have the chance to do other pictures with a Boston Bruins theme in the future.
"It just feels so good to finally see my hard work paying off," Scott said of struggling as an artist for the past 10 years.
Scott is already moving on to his next project, the first commissioned drawing of promising young hockey player and Cole Harbour resident Nathan MacKinnon. He'll put together several mock-ups and upon approval of one, will start work right away with a projected completion date of late August.