From age eight to eighty and beyond, who's name is bigger in Canada? Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky? Not who was better, but more well known or bigger-just in Canada. I saw a Hockey News Poll several years ago asking writers and historians who was better, and Bobby Orr was a very close second to Gretzky. That surprised me since at the time Gretzky was still playing and Bobby Orr's last full season was 1975. I think it was 1996 or 1997 whent he poll was done.