Bobby Orr and the Esposito and Chicago Cups

I have a confession to make. I was going to skip this weeks post. As I write this it’s almost 8 pm and I’ve hardly been at home this weekend because of various plans I made. When I told this to my friend Dave (who started this blog for me 2 1/2 years ago) he told me that I have to keep the streak of a blog every Sunday alive, even if it’s on the small side.

Well, he convinced me, so here it is.


I bought this photo at a show 5 or 6 years ago. It’s printed on a heavier type paper. As you can see, it’s not in the best of shape, but I had never seen it before (or since) and the description intrigued me.

I’ve never heard of Ron Provost’s Street Hockey League or the Esposito and Chicago Cups. Was this a street hockey league in Chicago? Boston? Canada? No clue. I’m leaning towards Chicago for two reasons: Obviously the name Chicago Cup, and the Esposito Cup could be referring to Chicago goalie Tony Esposito rather than his brother Phil. I’m hoping one of my readers might know something about this.

Regardless, I still consider this a unique piece in my collection.

Well the streak continues. Short and sweet this week. Hopefully with a long weekend coming up I’ll have a bit more time to work on the next post. See you again next Sunday.

13 Responses to “Bobby Orr and the Esposito and Chicago Cups”

  1. Matty says:

    The league was in Worcester mass.
    He built a ball hockey rink there.
    He was also a pedophile. He would commonly take pictures of young boys at the Gardner pool

  2. iceman says:

    there was a time I would read this blog over morning coffee and start my day. Now I read it with my evening snack and get ready for bed. Still look forward to it every Sunday though.
    Appreciate your efforts….maybe have a guest blog….even if it’s about a comic book.

  3. Gary says:

    Wow. Did not know that. Thanks for the info Matty.

  4. iceman says:

    just googled Ron Provost Worcester Mass….wow…he was a priest in my home town of Upton.

  5. Gary says:

    Appreciate it Iceman. Just a long and busy weekend. I still plan on having a post up every Sunday for the foreseeable future.

  6. scifinds says:

    Nice one Gary, that wasn’t so hard now was it?

    What is that date on that piece? I love his full head of hair… so dreamy.

  7. Gary says:

    No it wasn’t. Didn’t take me that long actually. There’s no date on it, but if I had to guess I would say around 1973 or 1974.

  8. terry the bushpg says:

    hey gary- i concur with bob, look forward to reading every week and living your excellent collection vicariously through the blog. i know that you have created a monster that eats up your sunday afternoons but i think i speak for all of the other orr collectors and hockey fans in thanking you for your efforts.

  9. Gary says:

    Really appreciate it Terry. I feel rejuvenated by the comments of support. I just need to plan a little better when I know that I have busy weekends coming up.

  10. The Goog says:

    I also look forward to reading your blog on Monday mornings. It’s a great way to shame myself for not updating my own blog in almost a year.

  11. Gary says:

    Thanks Goog! I would love to see a new blog from you about comics.

  12. Niraj says:

    Esposito absolutely hated coinmg to the Rangers. In his first season in NY, I was a high school hockey coach in Westchester where the Rangers had just moved their practice facility to Rye Playland. They had an afternoon press reception for all of the players and coaches and one of the parents in the HS league got all of the coaches invited. The affair began at 1:00 and I arrived in the lot at 1:05, As I headed in Espo blew past me without so much as a nod as he went to his car. I guess he really didn’t want to be here! I did get to have a 20 minute conversation with Fred Shero, who was a great coach and a fascinating guy.

  13. Gary says:

    If you haven’t read his book “Thunder and Lightning”, you should. He’s incredibly honest in it.

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