Whatever game they’re in, leaders become targets.
For Bobby Orr, one of the greatest hockey players ever, that meant opponents worked harder to stop him as he gained success.
“They try to shrink your time and space any way they can,” Orr says. “Some nights, I can remember being almost hog-tied during games, but if you asked the referee if he hadn’t seen the holding against you, the response would often be, ‘Hey, you’re a superstar, aren’t you? You have to learn to take that.’ In today’s game, players can’t get away with as much hooking and holding, but back then it was.”
Takeaway: The better you are, the tougher your competition.
— Adapted from Orr: My Story, Bobby Orr, G.P. Putnam’s Sons.