Cherry Calls Out Air Canada, Via Rail, And Disagrees With Several Million Hockey Fans

Don Cherry, on Coach’s Corner Saturday night, (which you can check out at the bottom of the page), said Air Canada and Via Rail were ridiculous to even think about telling the NHL they’re not happy with what’s going on with injuries, and then called out Canadiens owner Geoff Molson for having the audacity to ask for change.

Cherry said Molson should concentrate on fixing the glass and boards and such at the Bell Centre before he should criticize the NHL.

I’d like to mention one thing. Cherry said in this segment that his friend Sheldon Kannegiessor had come up with the idea to change the stanchion bars from straight up to angled so the impact would be almost non-existent. Well, I’m here to tell you that our friend Danno thought of this as soon as the incident happened.

 Danno said, four days ago……

“What the engineers at the Bell Centre should consider is tapering the glass on a diagonal angle so it rises gradually. That, or alternatively they could curve the glass somehow so it doesn’t just come straight up like it does right now.”

Here’s Don on this edition of Coach’s Corner

27 thoughts on “Cherry Calls Out Air Canada, Via Rail, And Disagrees With Several Million Hockey Fans”

  1. He’s just Don, Dennis. An old senile old man. People listen but a lot of people are turned off by him. Best you can do is ignore him. He will not change. He’ll be ignorant til the day he dies. Its his legacy he is dealing with. He was very popular about 5-10 years ago but he is tainting himself with his thoughtless stupid comments. The best I can do is stop watching the old man.

  2. Hey Dennis, I don’t think badly of Don Cherry,no not at all.He is quite entitlied to his own opinion,as we are all,right.I just feel that he very wrong in this situation.If I was a figure in broadcasting ,as he is and the way he tells the young folks not to do this or that because of the safety factors,well what is the fellow thinking here?One can only wish an hope,that the young and up and comig hockey players,don’t accept his interpedation of this tradgedy and come up with the conclusion that this was a travesty of hockey for sure.

  3. My question is why are Crown Corporations and/or publically owned companies getting invoved with this mess in the first place. Would that then give Hydro Quebec the right to cut off power to the Bell Centre if they didn’t like the way the Habs organization is being run?

    Hopefully after this meeting with the NHL it will be decided that yes, we have to look at the safety concerns in the arenas and yes, but unfortunatley not until next season because the precedent has be set for this year, changes have to be made to the rules regarding suspensions.

  4. We saw the worst of Don Cherry last night Dennis, and that’s saying a lot.

    Cherry and his buddy Sheldon Kannegiessor can steal my idea. I don’t mind. And I’m probably not the first person to think of it. It would be a good thing if they actually did make improvements to make the design safer. So I’m glad that Cherry brought it up.

    But that’s about the only good thing to come out of Coach’s Corner last night.

    First off, Cherry is trying to muddy the waters by focusing on the arena design as being the ONLY problem. It still doesn’t get around the fact that Chara intentionally pushed Pacioretty into the stanchion in an illegal and dirty hit that almost killed him.

    Candy coat the incident as much as you want, but what we witnessed was attempted manslaughter.

    Cherry fancies himself as a big expert on the subject of respect. He regularly scolds PK Subban in a threatening tone about the serious consequences of not showing respect.

    Did Cherry show respect towards a man who almost lost his life? Did he show respect towards his family who has to live through this terrible ordeal? Did he take into account the feelings of others before he shot his big mouth off?

    It’s not acceptable for Don Cherry to make fun of Pacioretty’s name by intentionally mispronouncing it. And it’s not acceptable at all for him to refer to Pacioretty’s life-threatenning injuries as “a little headache.” It’s actually the height of ignorance. How can the CBC continue to allow Cherry to behave in such a manner when he clearly does not conform to their broadcast standards?

    You would think Cherry would have used the opportunity to send his best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Max and his family. But no such words were passed his lips. That would be showing a little bit of class. But sadly, Cherry is not a class act. He’s just the class clown.

    And where does he get off telling Air Canada and Via Rail they have no right to take a stand on this issue? What the hell does he do every night at our expense when he imposes his political views on us — by promoting a war the majority of Canadians don’t all agree with.

    We saw the worst of Cherry last night, the dark, ugly, bigoted side. It’s too bad. He could have used his time on the air to make a positive contribution to this serious debate.

    Instead what we get from him is a slap in the face to Max Pacioretty and his family and supporters, along with an extra helping of the same old anti-Quebec bigotry that makes Cherry a favourite among red-necks and backwards-minded people everywhere.

    I was hoping at the very least that Cherry could have put aside his village idiot routine for just one night. I was wrong. Live and learn.

    “Never listen to a man wearing a two-foot tall green top hat.” Wise words from Top Corner HI/O blogger.

    And now, I would like to present Don Cherry with this award.

    Here it is…

    Thanks for nothing Don.

  5. Its sad to watch a senile , bitter, bigoted old man sprew out his venom on a weekly basis. I will never unbderstand how the CBC (guardian of the great Canadian way of life) allow such gargbage…ratings or no ratings.
    I think people should inform Moore’s and other sponsorsof their feelings about Coach’s Corner. Ratings may be up but many (most??) just tune in to see what lunacy will be spouted. Has anyone noticed the reactions to anything to do with this old xenophobe when stories about him are printed in newspapers (or when the CBC opens its own reaction area)???????Most people who comment agree that the man is… put it politely…the village idiot.

  6. Dennis,

    As you are a man who knows a good beer I was hoping to send you one of my new range modelled on those fruit beers brewed by Belgian Trappist Monks.

    The first one in the range is called Rule 74 (under the Trappist rule that means too many men in the cloister) and is cherry flavoured.

    The shame of it is I just tried the first batch.

    It has aged badly, is very bitter and completely lacking in taste…………

  7. Something we can do to protest this is email Moores Suits which sponsors Coach’s Corner.

    Maybe they will reconsider being associated with Don Cherry if enough of us do it.

    Here is their email address…

    Letter I sent…


    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I regret to inform you that as a result of the insulting comments made by Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner that I will no longer patronize your establishment or buy any of your products. Your company is a sponsor of Coach’s Corner which airs on Hockey Night in Canada broadcast by the CBC.

    I have taken this decision in light of the fact that Mr. Cherry made several insulting, inaccurate, insensitive and offensive remarks regarding the near-fatal assault of Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

    The message Mr. Cherry gave was contrary to the values we hold and only aggravates a very bad situation.



  8. He’s the village idiot, Bob. And yes, we tune to see what kind of outrageuos statement he’s going to make. I think everyone knew beforehand he wasn’t going to be sympathetic to the incident. I originally had included my own rant against this fool but deleted it and just let the video do the talking. But I’m with everyone – he was way out of line and should retire. Many of us are so sick of this guy.

  9. To Everyone Concerned,

    I am hoping that someone knows how to get a copy of this to Geoff Molson please. And all other NHL owners.

    I have spoken with OHL coach’s and a few former NHL players over the last couple days. They all agree that the Max hit was intentional. But they also said a few more things that make so much sense that I just wanted to send you this note. We have to act now on this safety issue.

    The speed of the game today with all the changes, is making for a more deadly and higher serious result because of the (1) no red line now, (2) the obstruction rule, allowing for no slowing down of the play. (3), And most importantly the body armour worn on the shoulders and elbows that are lethal weapons..

    There is no fear for the player giving the hit today. He will not be hurt like in the years of softer equipment worn. With the softer equipment, the hitting player had as much chance of getting hurt as the recipient of his hit, thereby holding back some of his force.

    Can you imagine getting a Gordie Howe elbow wearing this kind of armour, the neurology hospital beds would be full.

    It is all well and good for the NHL to try to put a better finesse hockey product on the ice, I support that, but with what consequences to brain cells and bones. They now have to find a way to put the genie back into the bottle before more of our kids are brain damaged and broken for life.

    Money and greed are dictating the rules, instead of a competent, dedicated and caring group, who will look out for the best interests of our kids and our game.

    Action must be taken right now. If not by the NHL owners, then by government and the courts. Every day wasted talking, will cause more of our kids bodies a life time of pain, suffering and even death.

    Please click onto this link and scroll down to the English video—The french text, click onto your translate button on google for the english.

    Regards, from a very upset and concered 67yr. old hockey fan, hockey billet, minor coach & referee and hockey players grand parent. This is no longer the game that I loved all my life.

    Ian Cobb —-
    Belleville Ont. K8P 4K2

  10. Beatnik, maybe some of these corporations are speaking up because they don’t like what’s happening and feel they should say something. I say good for them. Every voice, expecially from the business side, is a welcome voice. And yes, changes to suspensions need to be made. Make them longer for injury-causing types, and hit the team where it really hurts by fining them harshly.

  11. Derry, he put all the blame on the rink. But we expected him to be an asshole about this and lived up to our expectations.

  12. Thanks Danno, this is what I sent:


    I am disgusted with what I heard on Don Cherry Coaches Corner on CBC re: the NHL/Chara/Paccioretty incident. I understand Moore’s Clothing is a sponsor. This is very unfortunate as I frequent your establishment in downtown Vancouver. I will not be watching Coaches Corner any longer as Don Cherry literally turns my stomach and simply makes me angry. I am sure this is not what you intended with your corporate sponsorship money. Please review Via Rail and Air Canada corporate positions.

    I strongly feel Don Cherry’s comments do not reflect how most Canadians feel about the Chara/ Pacioretty incident, which is horror. Many are calling it attempted manslaughter. Hopefully the Quebec Police investigation will confirm this.

    Please note that I will not be shopping at Moore’s any longer until Moore’s discontinues its sponsorship of CBC Coaches Corner. I am a small business owner and I am sure many hockey-minded small business owners here in BC feel the same. I will be sharing this e-mail (via blind-copy) with my business associates and contacts.

  13. Blue Bayou, what a great line. And what a clown Cherry is. I think I’ll go out to the back shed and do up some DKRFSB. It’s the only way I can get through things nowadays.

  14. Great job, Ian. Thanks a lot for this and regards also from a 60 year old very upset and concerned fan. The game is upside down now and it’s very sad. And Don Cherry did nothing to help fix it, except for maybe some construction tips. And a very sad story about the football player which brings it home even more.

  15. Great comments Ian. And you’re right about having to do something now. We’ve already lost someone who was key to our team’s success because of this insanity and we don’t even want to think about who might be next. We just want to stop this from ever happening again.

    And that was a great letter to Moore’s Suits Mayo! If I were them I’d be on the phone talking to the CBC.

    Good stuff. It’s true what Geoff Molson said. Habs fans are the best in the league.

    And when times are tough we circle the wagons.

    Go Habs Go!

  16. Don Cherry should watch it. Moore’s has offices and manufactures much of its product in Montreal. I used to work upstairs from them. Fire away the emails at will, my friends. A week ago he was chiding Ville Leino for his disgusting trip on an icing call but hey hey Zdeno Chara’s extra shove is a gentleman’s push. Your colours are showing, Don.

    If we were in a race to get a free cookie and I decided to angle you then push you into a brick wall, nearly killing you and breaking your neck, do we start thinking about changing how buildings are made? Oh but I didn’t mean it…

  17. Hey Dennis,

    How did you miss my sarcasm?? By “Don who?”, I meant “he is very irrelevant in my world.” I learned a long time ago that the best way to take power away from idiots like him is to not care what they think. Everyone (media included), give too much credence to that fool. On a local Montreal radio show (Team 990), I heard a couple of times in the course of the week, “I wonder what Don Cherry is going to say??”. I would shout out alone in my kitchen…NOOOOOO! Stop wondering! Stop giving this man so much importance! It’s the only way to shut him up. He’s shock TV, that’s what he is. And the only reason he is so popular is because people love to hate him. Kinda like Simon Cowell on American Idiot. Pull the plug, I say! Turn to ANY other network that is broadcasting the game except the one he works for. Watch the ratings go down. You see, the group with the most power is the fan base. If no one watched Don Cherrypie, Don Cherrypie would vanish.

    Which leads me to this: The fans hold the most power to see the changes we want to see. Forget the Bettman; forget the GM; forget the NHLPA; forget the sponsors. Hit ’em where it hurts. How? Boycott one game. Boycott two games. If no one fills the Bell Centre, no one buys beer, if no one buys beer…see where I’m going? It’s the heaviest domino of them all, the one that will slam down the rest and make changes the fastest. But here’s the problem: convincing the fans to boycott one game. I wish I could contact each and every ticket holder and say: Just one. Just one game. Don’t go. Watch the full cap. seating of 21,173 tumble to maybe a few thousands. And then you’ll see the changes you want.

    We don’t realize the power we have. What I do wonder, is how badly we really do want the change.

  18. Marjo, great comments. No, I didn’t miss the sarcasm, I knew what you were getting at. I just kind of added to it with the clown part and didn’t get it across properly. I do this sometimes, not word comments the right way, and I worry that maybe people are taking it the wrong way. You’re right, people wait to hear what he’s going to say, me included, and we’re putting way too much stock in his words. You know, I used to enjoy him, about ten years ago or so. But it’s not the same anymore. Heck, last night he couldn’t even get Pacioretty’s name straight.
    I wish people would boycott but it won’t happen. They used to say about the Leafs that management didn’t care whether the team was good or not because the rink was sold out every game anyway. But I think the game is now about to change because of the Max thing. I can’t believe it didn’t happen earlier with Crosby being out. Imagine, even with Crosby gone the league has sat on its hands. It’s amazing.

  19. Hey Dennis,Wasn’t Joe Thorton who said that the Bruins have got an easy ride from the league for a long time?Now these Bruins are the least penalized team in the league this year,correct.I just wonder if this is the year that they win the cup,due to the fact the refs have been told to go easy on them.I read the emails from Campbell,so I can only guess what this guy is capable of.It makes a person queery league rulings eh.

  20. You never know anymore, Derry. And I guess Boston’s owner Jacobs is one of Butt Man’s biggest boosters.

  21. Very good point Marjo comparing our challenge to Mubarak/Eygypt. I am only watching CNN about Japan. I think we are very lucky in this part of the world if our biggest worries are stupid men like Cherry and Bettman. Gotta pull my head out of my butt and think about what really matters.

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