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Bobby Orr: “Everybody lost in the lockout”

Jan 10, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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One guy who is disappointed in what the lockout did to the NHL is Bobby Orr.

The legendary Bruins defenseman spoke to Joe Haggerty of about his feelings on the nearly four-month long work stoppage and he believes no one comes out on top in a situation like this.

“How do you pick winners in something like this? You can’t pick any winners and losers in something like this. Everybody lost.” Orr said.

“Now you just hope that the players get back to work and they play hard. I’m sure they will because it’s going to be a short season. If you get off to a bad start then you’re in trouble. It should be really good hockey.”

Orr said he wished a settlement happened sooner and that a lockout hurts more than the players and owners. All along through the work stoppage he’s been critical of both sides and said it would be “outrageous not to have a season.”

Hey maybe Bobby Orr isn’t just the greatest player of all time, maybe he’s the most sensible agent as well.

  1. hallsy19 - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    The game needs more ambassadors like Bobby Orr. He’s given his life to the game, and had much taken from him too (knees, cash and opportunity from Eagleson). The games greats will need to step into the public eye and take some accountability and build some positive PR.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      The problem is that most current players think guys like Orr or Lafleur etc can’t relate. That’s unfortunate because labor strife isn’t something that just came about in the last 20 years.

      The 300 million dollar make whole was on the table in december. I hope all these current players all play 10 more years so they can take advantage of this pension they lost an additional two paychecks over, kept honest everyday people out of work over the holidays for and sacrificed fan support of the game over.

      Pride can be as detrimental as it is useful sometimes.

    • rogersjd16 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Exactly. Guys like Mario and Wayne need to get our from behind desks and speak for the game, not the league. It’s their right of course, but all of these ex-player stars carry more weight than any fans or media.

      Bobby is the greatest ever. Love that he stays so involved. I get to see him often at games. Go B’s!

  2. ironmike778 - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    None better. Bobby is THE MAN.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      WAS the man. Bobby Orr could change the course of a hockey game. One of the all time greats, his opinion is worth a lot.

  3. mgp1219 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Gretzk is called “The Great One”;however, Bobby Orr is “The Greatest One!”. Period.

  4. themajorleagueuser - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Said by one of the greatest players of all time, thanks, Bobby Orr

  5. fortwaynekomets - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    amen Bobby!!!

  6. fortwaynekomets - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    they should’ve been PLAYING while working on the CBA. then all that money and games lost would have never happened. but NHL owners don’t like working in that fashion obviously.

    oh well… its over with. Thank God.

  7. beergold - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    When I was a kid growing up in a little town in Manitoba our entire team taped thier stick like Bobby Orr. One little strip toward the back of the blade. Other teams didn’t call us our home town name they called us the “Bobby Orrs”.

    God he was the best player to ever play the game! Good on you Sir for continuing to be a part of the game!

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