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Letter: Don Cherry, Bruins had first female reporter dressing room policy

Apr 30, 2013, 2:01 AM EST

Robin Herman, a former hockey writer for the New York Times, wrote an online letter for ESPN to Don Cherry, containing an interesting tidbit about allowing female reporters into NHL locker rooms during the 1970s.

Here is a small part of what Herman wrote to and about Cherry. The letter was published online early Tuesday morning.

I’d gotten a lot of publicity for breaking “the locker room barrier” at the 1975 All-Star Game in Montreal, but that was a one-off. You were the first coach in the NHL to allow me, a female, accredited sports reporter and member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, into your locker room as a matter of policy. You were coaching the “Big Bad Bruins,” and it was ironic that a team with that reputation should be the most forward-thinking in the NHL.

Click here for the full version of the letter.

This comes after Cherry, the star of Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner, said during his Saturday segment: “I don’t believe — and I really believe this — that women should be in a male dressing room.

“I remember the first time it happened to me, guys are walking around naked, and I hear this woman’s voice, I turn around and there’s a woman and she’s asking me about the power play. I said ‘let’s go outside,’ she said ‘I’m not embarrassed.’ I said ‘I am.’”

Cherry said this five days after Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith made a comment to a female reporter in Vancouver.

Herman, in her letter for ESPN, expressed disbelief when she heard about what Cherry said on television this weekend.

“You were all out of sorts about women reporters in the locker room. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Don’t you remember? I guess you don’t,” she wrote.

  1. terminalcityhockey - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Playoffs start tomorrow, let’s talk about hockey FFS.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      To you and others below: Sorry to hear that you are being held at gunpoint and forced to read stories against your will. If you can safely slip away from your tormentors and call 9-1-1, help will arrive swiftly. Good luck, and I hope you are set free before tonight’s games start.

  2. profsudz - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    I’m not a sports journalist, but as long as men can go into women’s lockerooms and interview them while their nude, its all good in the hood

    • windmiller4 - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      I think i just decided to become a reporter

  3. Stiller43 - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Agreed, profsudz…as long as I’d be afforded the right as a reporter to go in to a womens locker room and ask questions that could wait 20 minutes, while a bunch of naked chicks are walking around, its all good. Otherwise, they can GTFO.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    I’m of the opinion that Don Cherry doesn’t know where he is or what’s going on at any given moment. If this is true and he can’t remember it I say cut him some slack.

    • atteckus - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Seriously, we’re going to try and hold Don Cherry, a guy who has his suits custom tailor-made for him out of gaudy wallpaper fabric, accountable to remember what he did in the 1970’s? That’s like spending Saturday night with your friends, running around, kicking grandpas in the butt.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Burn!!

  6. benrob99 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Cherry is pretty senile.

  7. 2qswing - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    No problem as long as I can interview the ice crew after the game.

  8. desertfan - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Its actually “I Screw”

  9. buffalomafia - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Who writes this stuff! Why report negative articles?

    Like the guy in early post blogged, hockey playoffs start today. Write about that.

  10. buffalomafia - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Don Cherry rules!

  11. dasportsninja - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I would pretend to slip and fall and land directs over her head with my bean bag in place.

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