Peter Pocklington strikes us as the kind of guy who blows his nose in old Hallmark cards. A real "sentimentality, schemtimentality" kind of dude. Selling the greatest player in the history of hockey to the Los Angeles Kings was a business decision by a heartless capitalist. So why wouldn't five Stanley Cup championship rings from the Edmonton Oilers' dynasty simply be "hunks of gold" that are "just memorabilia" to Pocklington, who sold them during an online auction this week that pocketed him $294,269?
We may sneer at this gross cynicism, but they are in fact his rings and he can in fact do whatever the hell he pleases with them. In a society where even Orson Welles's Academy Award for "Citizen Kane" can hit the open market, nothing is sacred. If Pocklington wants to sell his trinkets for the sake of his grandchildren, so be it. Unless, of course, you're Mike Gartner. Or Cam Neely. Or Marcel Dionne, or any of the other hundreds of great hockey men who never had the honor of one ring, let alone five. Too bad none of them anted up the necessary cash to snag one from Peter's rummage sale.
For the record, here's how they sold on ClassicAuctions.net, according to CBC Sports:
• 1984 Edmonton Stanley Cup ring ($59,628)
• 1985 Edmonton Stanley Cup ring ($61,174)
• 1987 Edmonton Stanley Cup ring ($30,597) - No love for this team, eh? Why, because Ron Hextall won the Conn Smythe?
• 1988 Edmonton Stanley Cup ring ($49,279)
• 1990 Edmonton Stanley Cup ring ($72,151)
If you're one of these Dr. Henry Jones types that screams "this belongs in a museum!" when you spy an artifact, ClassicAuctions.net is bound to piss you off. Two of Clark Gillies's rings from his New York Islanders championship days sold on the site, including his 1979-80 ring for close to $19,000. Jaromir Jagr's 1998-99 Art Ross Trophy replica sold for $5,185. Glen Murray's used Boston Bruins practice jersey sold for $92. (Seriously, it did.) Check out all of the site's recent auctions.