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Don Cherry remains a controversial figure, but as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun suggests, there's no doubt that Cherry is a Hall-of-Famer in waiting:
Don Cherry, Coach’s Corner, Hockey Night In Canada. They are staples of the soul of hockey. The impact that Grapes has had on our sport for decades from his pulpit at CBC is beyond measure.
At the heart of it all has always been Cherry’s care for youth hockey. He has spent more time in minor hockey rinks in the Greater Toronto Area than anyone alive. He has never forgotten about the grassroots of the sport.
Think about his impact decades ago when he urged minor hockey to put stop signs on the back of players’ sweaters in order to curb hitting from behind.
Think about his decades-old push for the elimination of the old icing rule for fear of dangerous injuries that had already wrecked some careers. The NHL finally listened.
I could go on and on, but Grapes and the sport of hockey are intertwined in so many ways that they are one.
Don Cherry engaged in some story-telling on Wednesday afternoon:
via Don Cherry tweets,
I understand why after watching last year’s nightmare, some people may want to get rid of Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel. But hold on,
stop and think. You have a guy at the helm who is a master at turning people around. Give Babcock a chance with these guys.
Dion at one time was considered a Norris Trophy guy. He was once a 20 goal scorer and a big tough defenceman. And Phil Kessel is a 30
goal guy. Not too many of those guys around. Besides you’ll never get fair market value for them because the sharks know they are for
for sale. Hang tough Leaf fans. If Babcock can’t turn them around… Gonzo. But don’t jump the gun.
Just a sugestion, Mr. Cherry needs a forum to write at.
Don Cherry talks about the hockey being played by the Lightning and Blackhawks, but his real issue is that Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson isn’t getting enough votes to start at the All-Star Game.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss the diving and penalties in the first period of Game 4, they play of Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victory Hedman and much more.
First it got "cute," then it got hilarious: Don Cherry always dedicates one Coach's Corner to the top prospects taking in the Stanley Cup Final, and Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome were very complimentary to each other, suggesting that having best pals to go through the tumult of a pre-draft season helped them greatly. Then Jack Eichel pulled a fast one and gave Don Cherry a USA Hockey polo shirt at the end of the segment, leaving Cherry ever-so-briefly tongue-tied.
There's a joke about Don probably confusing the U.S. National Team Development Program and the political party known as the NDP forever in there, but you'll figure it out.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about all the news and notes from around the Stanley Cup Final.
Plus a great look at Al Arbour.
via Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
In an appearance on Coach’s Corner with Ron MacLean Wednesday night, Cherry offered high praise for Brent Seabrook.
“I can’t say enough. He hits. He fights, blocks shots,” Cherry said on Hockey Night in Canada. “Why he isn’t considered in the Norris trophy — with all the sweethearts — is beyond me. (He’s) the best defenceman in the league.”...
Cherry also raved about the atmosphere outside of Amalie Arena before Game 1, saying it was a welcome change from the last time the Tampa Bay Lightning appeared in the Stanley Cup Final (2003-04).
"(In 2004), I went out to the parking lot and two or three (fans) would walk in," Cherry said of the underwhelming crowd in Tampa Bay. "It was dead and now they're waiting outside and going nuts out there."
Cherry, who recently spoke about his appreciation for Lightning forward Alex Killorn, also pointed out the secret behind Killorn's amazing first period tip-in goal.
Watch Coach's Corner below...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked game 7's.
In light of the crazy goals being scored in the playoffs, Don preaches advice he gave to all his players: shoot the puck!
Plus more topics...
via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
Don Cherry believes Babcock will make the Maple Leafs a better team sooner than later. Cherry shared some of his thoughts on how Babcock will impact the club in his first season during Sunday’s edition of “Coach’s Corner,” with an emphasis on Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and sniper Phil Kessel.
The Leafs talk is near the end of the video...
To put it indelicately, Don Cherry is going ga-ga over Mike Babcock, and while he insists that Babcock is no messiah, Cherry spent 85% of this Coach's Corner praising Babcock, praising Babcock, and also praising Babcock as the best coach in the world and the coach who will bring Canadians and Ontario natives to "Canada's team":
Don Cherry conducted his usual "Coach's Corner" during Wednesday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, and he's changed his tune about Mike Babcock:
Don Cherry has a few words for the Russians plus more topics...
Topics include the icing rules in the NHL, Team Canada in the World Championship, the Memorial Cup and a thumbs up for Eugene Melnyk.
from Brett Popplewell of Sportsnet,
Cherry takes to his perch behind the desk while his makeup artist, Lianne Cousvis, does some last-minute adjustments to his complexion. “She’s just gilding the lily,” Cherry says.
MacLean, carrying his suit jacket over his arm, isn’t far behind. He speed-walks toward the set. “Stan!” he hollers out as he moves. “Yup?” replies Stan Nieradka, Coach’s Corner’s designated stats guru and on-the-fly research assistant. “I didn’t miss a goal, did I?” asks MacLean. It’s been 40 seconds since he last saw a monitor, and it’s important that he keep himself up to speed on everything that’s going on. “Nothing,” says Nieradka from his seat behind the stage wall next to the set. “Thanks, Stan,” MacLean says, passing by without even looking at him, before putting on his suit jacket and taking his seat next to Cherry.
The buzzer rings inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, and the Habs and Senators head to their dressing rooms. The Capitals and Islanders are off the ice as well, and suddenly the sound of chatter begins echoing down to the set from the other stage as commentators start weighing in on the game in Washington. Their voices are audible but thankfully soft enough that Nieradka doesn’t believe Cherry will notice. “I think we’re going to be OK,” he says, then turns out the desk light next to his computer. “Better safe than sorry,” he says. “You know, in case there’s a shadow or something.”
This week on Coaches Corner Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about the Flames situation going forward, the Ducks-Blackhawks upcoming series plus much more.
This week on Coaches Corner Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about the amount of sticks getting in the way and tipping shots plus much more.
Don Cherry wasn’t surprised that the Tampa Bay Lightning were down 2-0 after the first period in Game 4. According to him, you only had to look at the Lightning’s body language before the game to know they weren’t ready to fight.
Plus more topics including the play of the Capitals.
After several days of the media expalining that Brandon Prust was in the wrong for going against an unwritten rule in telling the media about his conversation with Brad Watson, and Prust incurring a $5,000 fine, Don Cherry offered a slightly different take on the situation:
“Someone asked me when I’m going to retire, and I said, ‘Retire from what?’”
“No, I’m having fun. As long as I’m having fun, that’s the name of the game. If I’m not having fun, then you’ll see it on Coach’s Corner. But I can hardly wait to get on Coach’s Corner. It hasn’t got blasé. I’m still jumpin’.”
-Don Cherry via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on Don Cherry.
Don Cherry was not happy with Braydon Coburn, who did not retaliate against Brandon Prust.
Cherry and Ron MacLean talked about Caps/Rangers then Cherry said Mike Babcock should go to San Jose.
More topics too,watch below...
Don Cherry has some advice for Mike Babcock along with a few other topics.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about blind passes, Joel Ward’s play for the Washington Capitals, the coaching of Jon Cooper and Mike Babcock.
Don Cherry and Ron Maclean discuss all the hot topics in the NHL, including what the Flames have accomplished without Mark Giordano and also identify some unsung playoff stars.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss key players that have stepped up, and will step up for their teams as Stanley Cup quarterfinal action draws to a close.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss the Jets’ elimination, Ottawa’s attitude against Montreal and the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson.
Numerous topics were discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean including a look at defensemen Dennis Wideman, Brent Seabrook and Kevin Bieksa.
Don Cherry talks with Hazel Mae about the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs cleaning house and makes his pick for the NHL Playoffs.
Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean included-
Toronto used to be the toughest team in the world but no longer.
Talk turned to Montreal and Ottawa in the playoffs.
The play of the Calgary Flames was next.
Next topic was the Winnipeg Jets.
Then a few more topics including the Buffalo Sabres.
Topics discussed tonight include...
The play of Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators.
Next up was the Dustin Byfuglien suspension.
Then the play of Scott Gomez and his fine for elbowing.
Up next was Corey Perry and how he cares for his stick.
A few other topics were also talked about.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include....
Don Cherry was not happy with the refs in the first period of Toronto/Ottawa.
Next up was Cherry pointing out to young players to make sure you keep your stick on the ice, using the LA Kings as an example.
Cherry tells us why Scott Hartnell wears #43.
Up next was the play of "Jimmy Slater" of the Winnipeg Jets then Steve Ott was pointed out as being a momentum changer.
Then Don Cherry talked about the Leafs bringing in a college guy instead a top player from the Marlies.
Cherry closed with some OHL Cup talk.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were...
Don Cherry praised the play of Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets. Next topic was Joe Thornton and his 900th assist.
Then Don Cherry pointed out a bad defensive play by the Toronto Maple Leafs game tonight.
Next topic was the play of Andrew Hammond.
Up next was "all for one and one for all", big hits and teammates respond.
Cherry then pointed out the play of Dan Hamuis.
Then a few more topics, including Connor McDavid, a good Canadian boy.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were...
Ron MacLean caught chuckling at Cherry's green hat.
Don Cherry tells us how to drop the ceremonial puck.
Talked a bit about Brad Richards.
Then Nazem Kadri talk was next. Cherry says Kadri won't be in Toronto in two years, he has been humiliated. You can't do what the Leafs did to their best forward.
Cherry talked about the fighting code in a recent Winnipeg game.
Don Cherry then reviewed the Derek MacKenzie goal from a few days ago.
Next up was Cherry saying Aaron Ekblad will be the rookie of the year.
Last topic was the linesmen dropping the puck in the faceoff circle.
Main topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean....
Cherry discussed the play of the Calgary Flames and their shot blocking.
Next was goaltender Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators.
Then more of the same from last week- NHL star players getting run and they have no protection. Cherry says keep fighting in the game, accountability counts.
Up next was a Brandon Prust and Patrick Maroon fight, the right way.
A few more topics too.
The segment started with Cherry pointing out teams are laughing at the Leafs.
Then the problem with nets tipping over.
The main topic discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean was star players getting injured and nobody riding shotgun for them.
Of course there were other topics too, watch the segment.
The main topic of the segment tonight was super stars and fighting. Cherry used Crosby as an example and then showed numerous clips of stars fighting. Cherry says the stars should not be fighting.
Also a nice tribute to Steve Montador and Cherry urges the Toronto fans to keep the faith. Cherry also mentioned the play of Tyler Myers and claims he will soon be a star in the NHL.
Well power restored at the KK home but pretty darn cold right now in the home office.
The main topic in my opinion of Coach's Corner tonight was Don Cherry saying maybe Milan Lucic is getting a raw deal on some of the penalty calls against him.
The best part of Coach's Corner tonight was Don Cherry talking about Evander Kane which is at the end of the segment and includes this from Cherry...
“You are the fork in the road right now. You are a jerk right now and don’t think you can fool me with the operation. The operation is they didn’t want you around.”
Other topics but not all- the terrible first period of the Edmonton/Toronto game and the fourth line of the New York Islanders.
Few of the topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were the bad goal Bernier gave up a few days ago, sticking up for a teammate and few more...
The items Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, the fourth line of the New York Islanders and a few more topics.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean topics from last night- P.K. Subban defensive play, the Canadian WJC team and other international teams, Roberto Luongo, the Edmonton Oilers, Randy Carlyle, Matt Cooke turtling yesterday and J.P. Parise.
A great segment from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.
Topics dissussed included the recent plays by Steve Downie, some NHL tough guy talk, player safety equipment and Team Canada in the WJC.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the first period of the Winter Classic and the hockey stick along with a few other topics.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- results are come from how you dress in hockey, a bad hit by Nail Yakupov and some WJC talk.
Rogers' Hometown Hockey was in Kingston, ONT. last night, the home town of Don Cherry.
In a four-minute segment, Don Cherry basically took us down memory lane....
The three main topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disusseed were the mumps, sort of, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed a few topics including the future of Mike Babcock and hockey players are tough.
Topics discussed tonight from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean-
Discussed the first period of Toronto/Vancouver then the next topic was the Keith Ballard hit on Corey Perry last night.
Then the play of Michael Hutchinson and Bryan Little for Winnipeg was touched on then the Edmonton Oilers situation was brought up.
Don Cherry then talked about Jean Beliveau.
Don Cherry tells Hockey Central at Noon that he feels for Oilers’ head coach Dallas Eakins, says he might actually be happy to get fired.