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Don Cherry blasts Burke for Leafs’ lack of Ontario natives

Mar 3, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

Don Cherry AP

Listening to Don Cherry, you would get the impression that rather than fire coach Ron Wilson, Brian Burke should have signed a player from Ontario.

On Saturday night, what started with an inquiry on CBC’s Coach’s Corner about the Leafs coaching change ended with Cherry complaining about how Toronto is the only NHL team without a player from Ontario on their active roster.

Typically local players do become fan favorites, although St. Catharines, Ontario native Bryan McCabe would argue that isn’t always the case. Besides, it’s not as if Burke has avoided Ontario players. In the 2011 NHL entry draft, Toronto used the 25th overall pick to select Stuart Percy, who was born in Oakville, Ontario and has played in the Ontario Hockey League. The Leafs’ next pick, which didn’t come until the third round, was another Ontario-native, Josh Leivo.

In addition to that, the Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, has several Ontario-born players. The most noteworthy of which is Nazem Kadri, who has played in 19 games with the Maple Leafs this season. At the end of the day, it’s the players’ skill that matters. We can assume that Leafs fans would rather have Markham-born Steve Stamkos instead of Matthew Lombardi, but they wouldn’t trade Phil Kessel to get back Mississauga-native Matthew Stajan.

  1. tigers182 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    The only one crazier than Cherry is anyone who takes anything he says seriously.

  2. buffalo72 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    grapes was fired up tonight. I had a good laugh.

  3. uscthom78 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    No californian on the ducks roster. I’m pretty sure there’s at least one other team that doesn’t have a native players.

  4. stakex - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    This is just as idiotic as Montreal fans mad that their new coach doesn’t speak French. Who gives a damn where your coach/players are from or what language they speak. All that matters is how they play.

  5. lameasish - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I did not get the stamkos thing, markham is in Ontario, it’s like 45 mins from the air Canada centre. Regardless, yes I wish he was on the leafs.

  6. goforthanddie - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    I’m not the biggest hockey fan, but this Cherry sounds like an attention-whoring moron. Looks like one too.

  7. bcisleman - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    If Burkie wants to trade Long Island-born Mike Komisarek to the Isles for Ontario native Steve Staios, that would be alright. Cherry should be an Isles’ fan. We have 6 Ontarioans on our roster and Strome will make 7.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Don Cherry is an idiot! Him and his pompous side kick need to be put out to pature cause they haven’t produced a relevant segment in well over a decade. Almost every single episode goes the same way, first talk about the Leafs by refering to them as “us and we” (way to be an impartial broadcaster on a national network) then he’ll talk about a “good old Ontario boy” he’ll throw in something for the kids to watch, and then he finishes it off by pandering to the crowd by talking about someone “going through a tough time.”

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      That’s pretty much right, but I wouldn’t call Ron MacLean pompous. He’s one of the best and most respected hockey broadcasters there is.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        I used to really like him but the past 4 or 5 years I’ve thought of him as pompous when he starts going on about “our game” and when he does his ambush interviews. Maybe being seperated from the senile old man would breath new life in him, but right now I think of him as a guy who’s stuck around too long and started placing himself higher than the game.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        It is “our game.” And I’m not sure what you mean by ambush interviews.

  9. reachers87 - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    And CBC has made a movie about Cherry! Why???? Have to be a goof to get on TV now a days I guess.

  10. habsman - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Cherry and Burke. Idiot on idiot crime.

  11. scottybcboy - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Amazing how everyone seems to hate Grapes, or think he is an idiot, yet the ratings for Coach’s Corner and the first movie they made about him are staggering. Something just doesn’t add up, if you hate the guy why watch?

  12. blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:06 AM


    Because at the end of the day, Don Cherry speaks the truth ! … at any rate it’s ridiculous, as people should be able to easily see that when you strip away the humor and bombast, Don Cherry always voices “exactly” what every decent, red blooded “values-driven” Canadian man is thinking … the problem today however, is that a normal “decent” guy can’t speak like a “man” here anymore, lest you end up being cut to ribbons … so I say “bravo” to Cherry for this excellent viewpoint … of course there should be some Ontario “natives” on the Leafs ! … so many people make fun about the French in Quebec and how they get all up in arms about having “backbone” when it comes to protecting their culture and heritage, etc … well I say “bravo” to them as well ! … my own bloodlines have been antagonists with the French for centuries and yet even I “Blomfeld” have far greater respect for the French with their collective and admirable resolve as a people, than I do for this wishy-washy, please bend me over, “west coast” apathy !

    • scotloucks - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      You think he is correct eh?

      You are as stupid as he is.

      2009 Draft: Nazem Kadri (OHL), Jesse Blacker (OHL), Jamie Devane (OHL), Barron Smith (OHL)

      2010 Draft: Greg McKegg (OHL), Sam Carrick (OHL).

      2011 Draft: Stuart Percy (OHL), Josh Leivo (OHL), David Broll (OHL), Garret Sparks (OHL).

      10 of 23 players drafted under Brian Burke born in Ontario and playing/played in OHL.

      Enough said. Cherry is an idiot and so are you.

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:16 AM

        I’m sorry friend, but it appears that you yourself may be mentally “disfunctional” ? … though that probably doesn’t matter, for at the end of the day God loves everyone ! :)

      • imacdane - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:31 AM

        So you post a rant about how Don Cherry is right, and then when somebody comes along with multiple examples disproving what Cherry said, you just say that he (scotloucks) may be “mentally disfunctional”? I don’t know what is funnier, the fact that you couldn’t come up with anything to support your “argument”, or the fact that you misspelled dysfunctional when attempting to essentially call somebody an idiot. Talk about irony…

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:05 AM

        isn’t irony not “that” which adds flavor to ever day life ? … “touche” friend and good on you for noticing my spelling error :) … please accept this excellent number by Elvis as a token of my appreciation for pointing out my grammatical shortcoming …

      • leafs1967 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        Burke has been irrelevant since his time with the ducks he too lives in the past like cherry
        burke is so commited to showing his intellectual side by telling us all that american colleges is where we should be picking our players there is loyality and then stupidity cherry is loyal

  13. tru2joelu4eva - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    um….i could be wrong, but doesn’t the article say that cherry was complaining about the leafs not having an ontario native on their “active roster”? none of the drafted players you listed are on that, so all of you are arguing about nothing.

  14. chiadam - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    This is why I hate listening to Canadians talk about hockey. When it comes to hockey, they’re a nation of obsessive hockey dads / moms. They claim the sport as their own (which should be fading since a Canadian team has not won a Cup in 300 years), but then go a step further and fight amongst themselves over their jewel. Just stop it. But what should I expect from a nation that puts Don Cherry on TV. He’s a clown of a dancing bear.

    • babar61 - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      What are you talking about? It is Canada’s sport, and the fact a “Canadian team” has not won the cup is irrelevant. Canada leads the NHL with most players at 504. Number two is the US With 223. Third is Sweden With 67 and so on.
      Even the 2011 champion bruins have 16 Canadians on their roster.

  15. robotaille - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Chiadam it’s been since 93 FYI and last I checked a team is the players not the city that it’s played in most US city teams have a large number of Canadian born players. When your in the dressing room a good player is a good player no matter where he’s from.If a guy is from Idaho or Saskatoon has got my back and we have chemistry and we are winning who gives a %#*| where he’s from. Grapes had a point for TV not in reality take the programs out of the stands and see if anyone knows where anyone’s from it doesn’t matter as long as the teams winning

  16. vshehane - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    I have an idea, just put a NHL team in every little hamlet in Canada, use only Canadian players, coaches and personnel. Let’s see how you do. It’s time for Canadians to get over yourself and realize the game has moved and grown up.

  17. banshee950 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    @Leafs fans, why are there no Ontario guys on the team? Is this common or just worked out that way this year? Sinden was anti-european players for a number of years after they really started to get in to the league, as a result Boston was well behind the curve drafting off the new talent pool. I can’t imagine Burke having any issues with Ont players like Sinden (I soooo don’t miss Sinden) did with the European guys.

    Cherry is a colorful character in the hockey world and I’d hate to see him go, love having HNIC down here now, thanks NHLN!!

    good game last night Leafs, unless they’re playing the B’s I always pull for you guys and the Sens (F Mtl of course)

  18. rz84 - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Any American on here trying to talk hockey should just jump off a bridge. Uneducated morons! Goes back to the stereotype of americans think there the greatest. No wonder your buildings get planes flown into them and no wonder your going through an economic crisis worse than the great depression. Does anyone remember who won the
    Gold medal for men’s hockey at the Vancouver olympics?

  19. rz84 - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Stupid ass Americans. Who won the gold in men and women’s hockey at the Vancouver olympics? Enough said. Also baseball is starting soon stupid Americans. Stop talking hockey you just sound more ignorant than your already perceived to be around the world.

    • imacdane - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      I always enjoy when somebody makes grammatical errors and other mistakes while trying to call other people stupid. It makes you wonder who the real idiot is.

    • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      rz84 … what is that ? … some kind of a postal code from a town with ten people ? … or is that some kind of a disease designation like H1N1 ? … listen buddy, don’t you dare start bad-mouthing our American brothers … your stupidity is “exactly” the reason why I’ve always refrained from calling myself a so-called “proud” Canadian … it’s one thing to have a laugh and it’s quite another to be an idiot with your own family … were it possible, then I’d like to fly a Boeing 777-300 right up “your” little tight ass !

  20. kingjoe1 - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Cherry is a xenophobe like most Canadians seem to be.(see the Montreal Canadians coach situation) The problem i see is that Canadians aren’t that great of a people. The really are just a cold version of Alabama. Yet Canadian somehow in their frozen little brains believe they are a quality standard to live by. Sad and pathetic.

  21. rz84 - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    The only thing sad and pathetic is the way Americans think of themselves.

  22. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Don Cherry is as senile, senseless, and retarded as his stupid gaudy suits he wears. What a typical Canadian Clown.

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      You are correct sharkfan, Cherry is a clown. And you are a typical American Clown. Didn’t we have this discussion a couple of weeks ago?

      BTW did I mention that you’re a Typical American Clown? Go watch beach volleyball.

  23. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    “Cherry is a xenophobe like most Canadians seem to be.(see the Montreal Canadians coach situation)”

    I’d love to know what you’re basing that on. I know a lot of Canadians and none are xenophobic. We’re generally a tolerant nation when it comes to other people’s beliefs, customs, etc. America, on the other hand, seems to equate anti-Islamic sentiment with patriotism. So which country out of the two is really the xenophobic one?

    As for the Habs’ coaching situation, it may seem stupid to us but it’s hardly an example of “typical Canadian xenophobia.” The French have been fighting to preserve their culture in Quebec for ~200 years. This “controversy” is nothing new or out of the ordinary.

    • kingjoe1 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Canadians are fearful of outsiders. They are closed nations and rarely tolerate non-citizens to be successful. The examples in the NHL are simply a microcosm for an entire nation. These two situations are the hockey related facts which I present and seem substantially successful in proving the point. If you fail to acknowledge them perhaps it is time to look within.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

        Your argument is nothing more than the dissemination of a poorly conceived opinion, one based not on any fact but rather on the very principle you are deriding Canadians for: xenophobia and a baseless fear of “others” rooted in ignorance.

        The two situations you speak of do nothing to make your point any more convincing. Generalizing all Canadians based on what Don Cherry says or does is simply illogical. Any Canadian or American who displays a lower level of bigotry than yourself will confirm this. As for the Montreal coaching situation, I’ve already explained why that is another issue altogether.

        You haven’t substantially or successfully proved your point in any way. All you’ve done is name two events and claimed they represent Canadian society as a whole despite offering any connection between these events and Canadian society.

  24. vshehane - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Canadians just hate being irrelevant.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      I never get tired of hearing that from Americans, especially when they think it’s insulting.

    • superross - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      Just curious are you over weight, under educated, and sleeping with or married to your cousin like most Americans?

  25. vshehane - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    This is all very amusing considering no one hates a Canadian like a Canadian.

  26. tru2joelu4eva - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    i can’t remember what this blog was about.

  27. jlindsay24 - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Cherry Misses Burke With Feable Knockout Blow:

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