Bobby Orr rookie jersey goes for 191K in auction

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orr4.jpgWith young defensemen including Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith and Mike Green putting up big offensive numbers at such a young age, it almost seems natural to think of the greatest boy-among-men D guy: Bobby Orr. The Canadian Press reports that the all-time great’s rookie year jersey went for a staggering $191,200 in an auction.

The famed No. 4 jersey — mostly white with black and gold trim — was thought to be especially prized by collectors since it shows plenty of wear and tear, including marks left by sticks and repairs of holes in the fabric.

“If ever there was such a thing, then this jersey is indeed the Holy Grail of hockey collectibles,” said Chris Ivy of Heritage Sports Auctions. “It’s as much about the $191,200 final price as it is about Orr’s place as one of the most beloved NHL players in the history of the sport.”

The jersey had belonged to John Rows, 57, of the eastern Ontario city of Kingston.

Rows got the jersey about 40 years ago from his uncle, Garry Young, who was chief scout for the Bruins.

Rows said in an interview earlier this month that he was offered $1,000 for the jersey when he first got it back in the late 1960s but turned it down.

Good idea, Mr. Rows. According to the article, that jersey was one of two of its kind known to be available.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a very sentimental guy, but I find it kind of ridiculous that an piece of clothing could be worth so much to someone. Sure, it would be a cool thing to own, but the sub-culture of collectors can often boggle my mind. To each his own, I guess. Some people just value the aged sweat of others more than I do …

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner)

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

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The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

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Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.