Sunday, April 24, 2005
Updated: April 29, 2:51 PM ET
Sport in danger of becoming irrelevant, Orr writes
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Bobby Orr wants NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow to "get out of the way" if they can't solve the impasse that led to the cancellation of the NHL's season.
"Our sport is in danger of becoming irrelevant unless both sides immediately put an end to this nonsense," the Boston Bruins great wrote in a column for the Sunday Eagle-Tribune.
Orr, 57, said he initially resisted the urge to comment on the labor dispute because he believed the two sides would resolve their differences for the good of the game. But he said he no longer believes either side is interested in getting a fair deal done.
Owners and players must demand that Bettman and Goodenow meet immediately and keep meeting until they emerge with either an agreement or a statement that they can't resolve their differences and they are stepping aside, Orr wrote.
Orr won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman a record eight consecutive times and was a three-time MVP. He remains the only defenseman to win the league scoring championship, a feat he accomplished twice.