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A ‘different version’ of Don Cherry posits end-of-NHL-season thoughts

The Don Cherry of Coach's Corner and the Don Cherry of radio interviews and off-the-starched-cuff interviews can seem like two different people. When Cherry's hammering the bully pulpit, he's a little less bombastic and a little more nuanced in terms of his observations.

Cherry spoke with Hockey Night in Canada Radio's Rob Pizzo on Wednesday, giving a 26-minute interview, and Cherry's still himself, but those of you who think that Don's nothing but a blowhard might be surprised to hear Cherry think before he speaks--at least after he informs us all that he loves the Mortal Kombat theme song.

Cherry discusses Rick Nash's scoring struggles, he praises Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty, he discusses P.K. Subban and Ryan O'Reilly's respective contract situations, Jason Spezza's future, Cherry's off-season activities (yes, he has a Mrs. Cherry, and yes, his son scouts Major Junior and Minor Midget hockey), Dion Phaneuf's situation, the Texas Stars' AHL championship (Don is of course a passionate advocate for AHL players earning NHL shots), "smaller players" possibly being non-checked out of the NHL and potential NHL rule changes (including the "crackdown" on embellishment). It's interesting to hear Cherry as a relatively relaxed human being.

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Hank1974's avatar

Those ‘dummies’ that put in the non-checking rule for PW and below are called Doctors. People that went to medical school and have done countless studies PROVING that allowing body checking at 13 and under causes major injuries and an increase in concussions.

I know people with kids that age and it’s not something to take lightly. One boy, who just turned 12, is completely done with hockey. He loves it and is heartbroken. But he’s sustained two concussions while playing.

IMO, anything that can be done to prevent that needs to happen.
Don needs to remember that less than 1% of kids playing in minor hockey are going to make a living from doing that.
That means 99% of those kids have to grow into an adult and have the proper faculties to live a life.

If anyone doubts the severity of concussions on a young person, please do yourself a favour and look for any seminar’s on the subject in your local region.
I’ve attended them and the stats and scientific PROOF of what side effects there are is staggering.

Kids personalities will literally change into a completely different person based on the length and severity of the head injury.
Imagine having a sweet child one day, and then a person you don’t even recognize the next?
Is it worth it to allow 10 year olds to bash into one another? And for what?
So they can lead their beer league teams in scoring 20 years from then?

With, or without checking at young ages, the cream will rise to the top, and they have shown smaller kids are staying in the game longer, which means there’s a greater chance they succeed rather than fail.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/19/14 at 08:08 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/19/14 at 08:08 AM ET

Thanks for the sobering reality check, Hank.  It’s definitely a concern for parents even in Pop Warner.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 06/19/14 at 11:18 AM ET

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