Wednesday, 12 October 2011

If the petition goes through will it be the end of Hockey Night in Canada?

  In the 59 year history of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, they have had many great characters such as Danny Gallivan, Foster Hewitt who was famous for saying at the beginning of each game "hello hockey fans from the United States and Newfoundland", Howie Meeker, Dick Irvin, Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Ron Maclean and of course the most famous one Don Cherry who has been famous for the wrong reasons. Ever since Coach's Corner was created back in 1981 after his role as a color-commentator was a failure due to his tendencies to openly cheer for any of teams particularly the Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, he has voiced his opinions. Some of theses opinions are something that the NHL has to take a good look at such as no-touch icing, not using gladiator shoulder and elbow pads, and preventing tendon injuries on the achilles heel by taping the back of the skate to use as protection but on the other hand, he has had controversial moments such as when he claimed that Russians are nothing after many people claimed that they had "amazing upper body strength" and the time during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey when he was giving examples that they were easily intimidated after Eric Lindros and Darius Kasparatis went at it which gave momentum to the Canadians. As well, there was also the moment right before the lockout when he mentioned that the majority of players in the NHL who where visors are Europeans and French Canadiens which studies showed it was true ultimately led to Coach's Corner being on a seven second delay. But last week, he once again crossed the line when he called three former enforcers Stu "the grim reaper" Grimson, Chris Nilan, and Jim Thomson a bunch a pukes and hyprocrites because they claimed that the enforcer role led to drug and alcohol abuse and depression which led to the deaths of Derek Boogard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak over the summer.
  Since he mentioned that, all three were obviously all mad and now considering legal action such as suing him and petioning to have Coach's Corner removed. If Coach's Corner and Don Cherry were to leave because of these circumstances, the CBC would ultimately lose HNIC because he has been a staple for many years and without him every Saturday night, then why would we watch hockey on CBC even though its been a tradition for almost 6 decades.

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