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Sports Don Cherry's dismissal from Sportsnet a hot topic among Hockey Hall of Famers

13:20  16 november  2019
13:20  16 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The controversy surrounding Cherry ' s dismissal from Sportsnet was a hot topic among the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame 's Class of 2019 at a media event Friday in advance of their Monday enshrinement. Cherry was fired Monday after nearly four decades

The controversy surrounding Cherry ' s dismissal from Sportsnet was a hot topic among the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame 's Class of 2019 at a media event Friday in advance of their Monday enshrinement. Cherry was fired Monday after nearly four decades

Hayley Wickenheiser holding a sign posing for the camera© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

TORONTO — Hayley Wickenheiser says she appreciates what Don Cherry has done for the game of hockey. She says she also often disagreed with what the colourful hockey commentator had to say.

The controversy surrounding Cherry's dismissal from Sportsnet was a hot topic among the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 at a media event Friday in advance of their Monday enshrinement. Cherry was fired Monday after nearly four decades co-hosting the popular "Coach's Corner" segment after making on-air comments which many felt were critical of immigrants for not wearing Remembrance Day poppies.

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Because real hockey people know how important he was to the NHL, and he should already be in the hall as a builder. Don Cherry is done same as these fossils And don ’t give me no BS about it. Cherry ’ s best before date was 25 years ago.

"It's been tough. I've had a tough time composing my thoughts around this because I've known Don for 20 years, and of anyone in hockey with a platform, he's been a very vocal supporter of our women's game," Wickenheiser said. "But at the same time through the years, there's many times when I watched Don and I shook my head. I disagreed with a lot of things that he said.

"The head shots — being in (medical) school — that's hard to hear. The comments that he made, I don't think were right last weekend. I don't think he meant them the way that he did, but it came out that way — and that's Don. It's not a black or white thing with Don. Human beings are nuanced. Everybody makes mistakes on any side of this issue, but I respect what he's done in his career a lot. But I also think that those comments were way offside."

Brian Burke considered favourite to replace Don Cherry

  Brian Burke considered favourite to replace Don Cherry TORONTO — Former NHL executive Brian Burke is listed as the heavy favourite to be Don Cherry's successor on "Hockey Night in Canada" on one sports betting site. SportsBettingDime.com has released odds on candidates to replace Cherry after the commentator was sacked by Sportsnet yesterday for a rant about immigrants not wearing poppies on his "Coach's Corner" segment on Saturday. Burke, who currently works as an analyst at Sportsnet, is listed as the 3-2 favourite (must bet $2 to win $3) to appear on Cherry's longtime "Coach's Corner" segment on Saturday.Burke is the 5-4 pick to be the full-time replacement next season.

Don Cherry ' s dismissal a hot topic among Hockey Hall of Famers . Cherry ' s nearly four-decade run on Hockey Night ended Monday after he made on-air comments last Saturday which many felt were critical of immigrants for not wearing Remembrance Day poppies.

Donald Stewart Cherry (born February 5, 1934) is a Canadian former ice hockey commentator. He is also a sports writer, as well as a retired professional hockey player and National Hockey League

Wickenheiser was also critical of comments made by Jessica Allen on television show "The Social." Allen said Tuesday that she doesn't "worship at the altar of hockey" and found in her experience that those who did "all tended to be white boys who weren't, let's say, very nice."

"That comment isn't right either. Not every boy or girl that plays hockey is a privileged white person," Wickenheiser said. "Yes, hockey is predominantly a white sport and it is a very expensive sport. There's no doubt about that. I kind of got where she was trying to come from, but those comments are inflammatory. It's not what the game needs."

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Guy Carbonneau said Cherry "said a lot of things over the 40 years he was on TV." And while Carbonneau said most of it was "really good," he took issue with Cherry's frequent disparaging remarks about French Canadians.

"I didn't like it. I didn't see the reason why he said those things,"  Carbonneau said. "It's like Europeans. If you look at today's hockey, what would be the NHL if you didn't have the French guys or the European guys? I never really looked at it that deep. I didn't like what he said. That was it. Turn the page."

Former star defenceman Sergei Zubov said even though social media was less pervasive when he played, Russians would still hear about it whenever Cherry insulted one of their countrymen.

"He was a great motivational point there," Zubov said. "He just kicked us more towards our goals.

"Thanks a lot, Don."

— With files from Joshua Clipperton

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 15, 2019.

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Ron MacLean in Edmonton for honorary degree from U of A in midst of Cherry controversy .
Long-time sports broadcaster Ron MacLean was in Edmonton Tuesday to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta. MacLean's visit to Edmonton comes in the midst of a nation-wide controversy: his Hockey Night in Canada co-host Don Cherry was fired by Sportsnet following comments where Cherry appeared to say newcomers to Canada don't wear poppies. MacLean faced criticism for not intervening as his on-air partner made the comments, but made an apology shortly after the incident, saying Cherry's words were "hurtful and discriminatory.

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