May 9, 2020 by Joshua Ross (Photo Courtesy of Ken Casey)
Yesterday, the Anchor had a chance to catch up with Hingham's own Ken Casey, of Dropkick Murphys' fame, who will make his network debut narrating NHL Network's documentary "Big, Bad and Bobby" airing Sunday night at 8pm. The documentary focuses on the 50th Anniversary of the Boston Bruin's 1970 Stanley Cup Championship and "The Goal."
"My first words were Bobby Orr," Casey shared during an interview on the NHL Network yesterday. "My grandfather, who raised me, was making damn sure those were the first words out of my mouth."
Growing up in Milton, Casey is a lifelong Bruins fan and over the years has built a strong relationship with not only the Bruins organization but with many former Bruins players, including Bobby Orr.
"We host a golf tournament together every year," Casey shared. He recalls how Orr makes time to talk to and take a photo with every player on two courses throughout the charity event. When asked about the one thing that stands out about Orr, he says that it is his "humility." He adds, "I think his legacy is cemented in Boston more so by what he has done off the ice and how he's been in the community than even what he did on the ice."
Bobby Orr is arguably the best known and most popular Boston athlete in the city's illustrious sports history. If you grew up in the 1970s watching the Bruins, you know the grit, determination, toughness, and talent they displayed and what an impact they had on the city and their fans. Even though the B's swept the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues 4-0 and outscored them 20-7 in the series, the most memorable moment is Orr's famous mid-air leaping goal, which is forever memorialized with a statue outside the TD Garden.
Casey, who never played organized hockey growing up, is now a Hingham Youth Hockey dad. He tells the Anchor, "I love watching my kids play hockey. Bringing them to their games has been like getting to relive the part of my youth I never got to do."
To learn more about the Dropkick Murphys Claddagh Fund Charity click here: https://www.claddaghfund.org.