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.–cherry-apologizes-to-former-nhl-enforcers-over-coach-s-corner-rant

9 Responses to Cherry apologizes to former NHL enforcers

  1. FlamingHomer says:

    It seemed like CBC had an invisible gun to head as he was apologizing. His words had just a hint of insincerity. He did make a point at the end to bring up the Aaron Asham apology and state that it takes a real man to apologize on national TV. Sort of a pat on the back to himself.

  2. leafy says:

    I think he was forced to apologize. If this was the 70s or 80s, it wouldn't even be a story. Now everyone is so friggin sensitive.  Shouldn't even have been a story, let alone an apology.

  3. mojo19 says:

    Actually, I thought that was a great segway into Asham. 

  4. icehog says:

    This loose cannon, ego maniac shouldn't even be on "Hockey Night in Canada".

    It was nice to see him eat crow. I don't know why the CBC continues to tolerate this guy. What does he bring to the table other than shooting his mouth off and tooting his own horn.

  5. hockey_lover says:

    Seriously? Is this a real question? What does he bring to the table?

    Numbers, numbers and more numbers. HNIC in Canada averages 1.4 million viewers a night. The Coach’s Corner segment is the highest viewed segment in Canadian television. Which says that while people are watching hockey, MORE people tune in for Coach’s Corner. The week after pukegate, CC hit something like 2.4 or 2.6 million viewers. What do you think those people are watching for? Ron Mcleans hair?

    Evidently you also missed when a voter poll named him like the #6 top Canadian of all-time.

  6. icehog says:

    I guess your right, it is all about the ratings. People do tune in regularly to hear his rants, no matter how ridiculous they may be (I am one of these people). Also, being a dedicated Leafs fan, he gets away with these rants. If his rants beat up on the Leafs, I'm sure he wouldn't be there.

    As far as being an all-time top Canadian. There's no doubt that he is extremely patriotic and a true Canadian through and through…he deserves the #6 position. However, do you really believe that he is actually crying on the air every other week. He knows how to play the game and a lot of naive fans take his every word as gospel.

  7. mojo19 says:

    I get a distinct sense of sincerity. I believe that he does care about the troupes. If he's tearing up for effect, I can't tell. You may be right, but I still believe that he's sincere.

  8. icehog says:

    There's no doubt in my mind that he is sincere, however, his embellishment is a little over the top and ratings directed. 

  9. mojo19 says:

    That's a fair interpretation. You could be right.

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