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Don Cherry addresses his firing in first 'Grapevine' podcast

19 novembre 2019
Anyone who was expecting Don Cherry's first official podcast to go deep into what happened earlier this month when he was fired from Sportsnet after doing Coach's Corner for almost 38 years is likely to be a bit disappointed. Cherry does address the incident in the first five minutes of the episode, and then goes into more game-related topics such at plus-minus stats, and stories from his past dealings with players. He did, however, open the show with his side of the story, right after introducing himself and his son Tim.

"I offered to explain..not an apology but I was going to smooth it over. They (Sportsnet) made conditions that made it impossible for me to do it. I just couldn’t do it.”

Cherry does not explain what those conditions were. He did say he stands by what his comments regarding poppies.

"I said what I said and I still say everybody in Canada should wear a poppy. And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again."

When asked by his son about the support he received following the incident on November 9th, Cherry said he had a lot of it.

“A lot of guys phoned me, a lot of hockey players phoned me, a lot of general managers phoned me, a lot of people, a lot of guys from the service left a message.”

“The policemen are with me, the servicemen are with me, the armed forces are with me, and the firemen are with me. They’re pretty good guys to have in your corner."

Cherry also mentioned he was very happy with the support he received in the aftermath from Max Domi of the Montreal Canadiens. Following Cherry's comments, Domi said "I love Don Cherry. I always have, always will. He's a big reason why most of us play hockey. We grew up looking up to a guy like that, watching 'Coach's Corner' and stuff. It's unfortunate what happened, it's sad. He's a big part of hockey. That's all really we can say unfortunately nowadays."

In his final few comments on the topic, Cherry stated if he had to go out after almost 40 years of doing Coach's Corner, he's fine with the way it happened.

“That's the way life is. I lived in a vicious world and I lasted 38 years. Happy to be there for 38 years and if I gotta go I’m glad I’m going out on my shield.”

His son Tim claimed "the cancel culture” had "their eyes set on you, they had their guns set on you this year and I think that’s what happened." Cherry did not really respond to that, and moved on to other topics.

He did mention Ron MacLean at the beginning of the segment, and repeated that while he was disappointed in MacLean's apology, he still considers his former co-host a friend.

Here is the link to listen on Spotify
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PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
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OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
2 - 2
FILIP ZADINA
2 - 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
SETH JONES
1 1 2
ERIC STAAL
1 1 2
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MATT DUMBA
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MASON APPLETON
1 - 1
JORDAN GREENWAY
1 - 1
GUSTAV NYQUIST
1 - 1
NEAL PIONK
1 - 1
JASON ZUCKER
1 - 1
ANTHONY BITETTO
- 1 1
KEVIN FIALA
- 1 1
VALTTERI FILPPULA
- 1 1
NICK FOLIGNO
- 1 1
DYLAN LARKIN
- 1 1
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 76
LEON DRAISAITL
49 75
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 72
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 70
ARTEMI PANARIN
47 68
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 65
BRAD MARCHAND
51 65
PATRICK KANE
51 63
JACK EICHEL
48 62
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 37
AUSTON MATTHEWS
49 34
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
49 34
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 30
JACK EICHEL
48 28
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 49
LEON DRAISAITL
49 48
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 47
JOHN CARLSON
49 47
BRAD MARCHAND
51 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
ROMAN JOSI
47 48
VICTOR HEDMAN
46 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
49 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
41 37
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
QUINN HUGHES
48 34
DOMINIK KUBALIK
49 32
MARTIN NECAS
46 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
35 24
JORDAN BINNINGTON
35 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
39 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 21
CAREY PRICE
40 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 4
JAMES REIMER
20 3
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
21 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
24 3
TRISTAN JARRY
25 3
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