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Cherry & MacLean Still Thinking Old Game

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Don Cherry, the populist voice for those who yearn for the dismissed days of scrums, scraps and unregulated hand-to-hand combat on ice, barked his disfavour. "Stupid rule," he said loudly as passengers boarding an Air Canada flight yesterday morning for Toronto craned their necks to learn the target of Cherry's unmistakeable thundering. That target, although those marvelling at Cherry's celebrity might have been unable to identify him, was league refereeing commander Stephen Walkom.... Cherry and MacLean, the signature voices of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada, refuse to acknowledge the spectacular improvements in the game that have culminated with this rip-roaring, hard-hitting and exciting Cup final between Carolina and Edmonton. That the league has simply ignored each and every one of their complaints has only, it would seem, infuriated the standard bearers for the old NHL more and more.
more added 8:13am, from Willian Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean's railing against the new NHL started before the 2005-06 season began and it hasn't stopped. That's why Campbell asked to appear on the show. He accused MacLean of "killing" the referees. The interview quickly turned into an argument, but it was helpful in illustrating MacLean's preoccupation with officiating and, frankly, the weaknesses of his arguments. MacLean, a former amateur referee, started by knocking a holding call made by referee Bill McCreary on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Matt Greene late in the second period of Game 4. (McCreary spoke out against MacLean, before the playoffs, for his on-going criticisms of referees.) What was Greene supposed to do? MacLean asked Campbell, "let [the opposing player] go by, I guess." No, Campbell said. Greene should have kept both hands on his stick and then turned to establish position. If he couldn't do it, well, he could take a penalty.
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