In an exciting update for hockey enthusiasts and gamers alike, EA Sports’ NHL 24 has introduced a legendary addition to its roster. Bobby Orr, the Hall of Fame defenseman from the Boston Bruins, is now available as a free playable character. This inclusion is a significant nod to hockey’s rich history, as Orr is not only a celebrated Bruins alumnus but also a revered figure in the sport.
Bobby Orr’s debut in NHL 24 marks his first-ever appearance in an EA Sports game, potentially his first in any hockey video game since his career highlight in the ’70s. Known for his time with the Bruins and a brief stint with the Chicago Blackhawks, Orr’s virtual avatar joins the ranks of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, sharing a top rating of 97 overall.
Orr’s career milestones are nothing short of extraordinary. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, he bypassed the traditional three-year waiting period, a testament to his impact on the sport. His journey from NHL rookie of the year in 1966-67 to a two-time Stanley Cup champion and eight-time Norris Trophy recipient is a storied tale of athletic prowess and dedication.
The legacy of Bobby Orr transcends generations, linking to current players like Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, who graces the cover of NHL 24. Makar’s playing style has drawn comparisons to Orr, with even Wayne Gretzky noting the similarities. Despite the honor, Makar humbly acknowledges the vastness of Orr’s achievements, aiming to keep his feet on the ground while embracing the comparison.
Players logging in before January 2, 2024, will have access to exclusive content celebrating Orr’s legacy. This includes the Base Bobby Orr Item in a HUT Pack, Bruins Centennial Uniforms, and a Bobby Orr Master Item in the Gallery of Greats HUT Event. Additionally, a special Bruins Centennial Jersey will be available in the World of Chel.