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SBD/Issue 96/Sports Media
Grapes Of Wrath: Don Cherry Not Going Away Anytime Soon
Published February 5, 2009
|Cherry (r) Says He Would Quit Working The
CBC's "Hockey Night" If MacLean Quit
LARGER THAN LIFE: The GLOBE & MAIL's Tim Wharnsby writes of Cherry, "Love him or hate him, you can't deny his huge popularity," as there is a "movie about Cherry's life currently in the preproduction stage." Cherry's passion for hockey and for his "Coach's Corner" segment "has not dwindled," and he is "as bombastic as ever." Two issues have Cherry "up in arms these days: He wishes the NHL would adopt no-touch icing to protect the players from serious injury, and he can't stand critics who want to rid the game of fighting." Cherry: "The only people against fighting are the people who don't pay to get in or the people who don't go to the games. I see that (survey) that said 54[%] of the people don't want fighting in hockey. But if you look at it closely, over 70[%] of the people at the games want to see fighting. So let's see, we're going to change hockey for the people that don't go or aren't involved in the games. That's the logic that these people put out there" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/5).