Cherry apologizes to former NHL enforcers
A contrite Don Cherry finally apologized to three former NHL tough guys Saturday for disparaging them for their views on fighting in hockey.
Cherry apologized to Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson after he called them “pukes” and “turncoats” on the first broadcast of CBC’s “Coach’s Corner” of the season last week. He also said he was wrong to suggest that Nilan and Grimson linked fighting in hockey to drug use.
The three players said in a statement Tuesday that they are considering taking legal action against Cherry. Grimson is a lawyer practising out of Nashville.“The first ‘Coach’s Corner,’ I’ve got to admit I was wrong on a lot of things,” Cherry said. “I put down three enforcers, tough guys, my type of guys, I threw them under the bus. I’m sorry about it, I really am.”
In an edition of “Coach’s Corner” broadcast Oct. 6, Cherry sounded off against the three players in an animated rant, accusing them of saying that fighting should be taken out of hockey.
“The ones that I am really disgusted with … are the bunch of pukes that fought before: Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson,” he said.