One of my holy grail Orr items is a game worn jersey. Unless I hit the lottery I know that it’s never going to happen as it would probably cost around $100,000 to acquire one.
This week though I got the next best thing; a jersey that Orr actually wore, but not from his playing days. Thankfully it was only at a fraction of the cost of a game worn one.
While I love the jersey, it is unfortunately associated with a tragic event. On December 3, 1999, a warehouse fire in Worcester, Mass. claimed the lives of 6 firefighters. One of them happened to be Mass. native Denis Leary’s cousin. The following spring Leary established the Leary Firefighters Foundation. This jersey comes from a charity game for the foundation. You can read about the foundation here.
Orr didn’t play in the game, but he did coach one of the teams and wore this jersey behind the bench.
This is a unique Orr item for sure. While it is associated with a tragic event, the game served as a stepping stone for Leary’s foundation, which has done a lot to raise money for firefighters not only is Massachusetts, but around the country.
There you have my first (and hopefully not last) Orr game jersey. See you again next Sunday. Go Bruins!