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Sports Blue Jackets hire Paul MacLean as assistant to help special teams

19:31  21 november  2019
19:31  21 november  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Ron MacLean in Edmonton for honorary degree from U of A in midst of Cherry controversy

  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.

Paul MacLean wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone © Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets have added another experienced hand to the coaching staff, hiring Paul MacLean as an assistant for the rest of the season. MacLean will join head coach John Tortorella’s staff to help out the Blue Jackets’ special teams specifically. GM Jarmo Kekalainen released a statement on the hiring:

I’ve always said that we look at every opportunity to make our team better and adding a veteran coach with a winning pedigree like Paul MacLean to a staff that has led us to three-straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs does just that.

This isn’t the first time Kekalainen has added a coach during the season. In January of this year the team hired Martin St. Louis as a powerplay consultant, hoping to spark the Blue Jackets with the man advantage and add an extra set of eyes as they tried to compete in the Metropolitan Division. Bringing in MacLean is a similar move, even if he does come with quite a bit more experience.

Ron MacLean says he doesn't believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist

  Ron MacLean says he doesn't believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist EDMONTON — Days after addressing Don Cherry's dismissal during a "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcast, sports broadcaster Ron MacLean says he doesn't believe his former co-host is a racist. MacLean, the long-time co-host of "Coach's Corner" with Cherry, is in Edmonton to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University of Alberta. Before receiving the degree, MacLean told reporters it's been a difficult time. Sportsnet fired Cherry onMacLean, the long-time co-host of "Coach's Corner" with Cherry, is in Edmonton to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University of Alberta.

A Jack Adams Award winner in 2013 with the Ottawa Senators, MacLean also won the Stanley Cup as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. He has spent more than a decade behind NHL benches, though his last coaching position came in 2016-17.

The Blue Jackets, who are currently 8-8-4 on the season, lag far behind league average in both the powerplay (where they rank 24th) and penalty kill (22nd).

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