Hazel McCallion, others to rally in support of Don Cherry

Thursday, 14 Nov, 2019

"What made this guy so popular is that he was who he was on camera", says David Shoalts, a retired Globe and Mail sports writer and author of "Hockey Fight in Canada: The Big Media Faceoff over the NHL".

"Mr. Cherry's personal opinion was hurtful, divisive and in no way condoned by the Legion", their official Twitter account posted in a short thread Monday afternoon.

Don Cherry's known for his loud takes and louder suits, but this time he went too far.

Legault said what Cherry said about "you people" - a thinly veiled reference to immigrants - is no more acceptable than what he has said about others over the years during his Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada.

"I did not say minorities, I did not say immigrants".

"Hockey needs new Canadians. and Don Cherry has been preaching to one part of the church of hockey for a long time", he said. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers. "To keep my job, I can not be turned into a tamed robot".

Hundal is a senior producer at CBC Vancouver and a former broadcaster for Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi.

The organization, now in four cities across Canada, works to promote hockey in South Asian communities, offering camps and identifying role models for all young players who come from minority groups.

"Sports brings people together - it unites us, not divides us", Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a release.

Ron MacLean, the longtime co-host of "Coach's Corner", apologized Sunday evening.

Absolutely not, and it's going to cause bigger problems because people like Don Cherry, who have the same views, are going to feel like there's an attack against them.

"I wish I had said "everybody" but I didn't and you can't go back ..." He didn't say it so eloquently but the support for our troops and our veterans, it's been well documented that he goes out of his way to show support and solidarity.

"I did not catch it, I did not respond", MacLean said. "We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks". "We're all Canadians and wear our poppies proudly". Cherry's rhetoric was deemed so offensive by many that, it turns out, the volume of complaints received actually jammed the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) website.

Burke, who now 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.

Before beginning his life in front of the camera in 1980, Cherry was a rugged defenseman and career minor leaguer. "I love the fact that he was a great coach for the Bruins for years, love the way the team played but that's just not the way I think".

What Cherry does have, said McCallion, is a "generous spirit", and he has done much for "the military, police and the little guy".

Hussain said there was a shared sentiment that Cherry needs to walk away.