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Cherry on MacLean's apology: 'He buried me'

12 novembre 2019
Don Cherry is making it clear that he isn't happy with his former Coach's Corner partner Ron MacLean. Cherry says MacLean's apology the next day following Cherry's rant on Remembrance Day and poppies "buried" him.

"Very disappointing," Cherry told Global News on Tuesday. "We're still friends, but I was very disappointed in the way he handled it. I don't want to go and condemn him or anything like that, but I was very disappointed."

MacLean, who had been hosting Coach's Corner on Hockey Night in Canada with Cherry since 1986, took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize for Cherry's remarks and for not responding to them on-air. He later apologized on the air, calling Cherry's remarks "hurtful," "discriminatory," and "flat-out wrong. MacLean added that he sat there and did not respond when he should have.

Cherry was fired from Sportsnet on Remembrance Day after saying "You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that."

Cherry told Global News he intended to apologize on the next edition of Coach's Corner, but was never given the chance.

"I was ready to apologize," he told Global News. "I was gonna put out a tweet, or whatever they do, saying I was wrong and I think it could have smoothed over pretty good. But that's the way they wanted it and that's the way it goes."

Still, he insists he was not singling out any specific group of people, and that everyone should wear a poppy for Remembrance Day. He did say he probably would have used different words if he could do it again.

Cherry had worked in broadcasting since 1981. He began Coach's Corner in 1982 with then co-host Dave Hodges. Hodges was suspended and eventually quit CBC in 1986 after he had an outburst on-air when Hockey Night in Canada decided to end its program rather than go to a game that was in overtime. That was when MacLean took over.

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LEON DRAISAITL 30 51
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
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SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
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