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‘Don’t ruin a good thing,’ says Don Cherry after historic Rogers-NHL deal

Nov 30, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

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With his television future uncertain following this week’s historic deal between the NHL and Rogers Communication, Don Cherry used Saturday’s Coach’s Corner to defend the long running and controversial segment.

“Everybody asks me about Coach’s Corner. Now look, I’m happy the way things are,” Cherry said during the first period intermission of the Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game on Hockey Night in Canada.

“If you’re No. 1 … I know I’m good. I didn’t fall off the turnip truck. I know everybody watches, so all I’m saying is take it easy, don’t try to ruin a good thing. Just leave us alone and we’ll be just as good next year.”

Cherry’s future was suddenly put up in the air this week when the massive 12-year, $5.2 billion TV deal between the league and Rogers was announced Tuesday morning.

Even the 79-year-old Canadian icon didn’t have answers earlier in the week.

“I have no idea what’s going on. I haven’t talked to CBC, I didn’t see the press conference, I was en route somewhere,” Cherry said, as per The Canadian Press. “So I’m asking you guys — do I have a job?”

Prior to sounding off about the Rogers-NHL deal, Cherry took time to discuss a concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL by a reported 200 former players.

“This is my opinion. Not CBC’s, not Rogers or anything like that,” said Cherry. “Listen, this is a money grab as far as I’m concerned.

“The big thing is it’s an insult to me. I coached in the American (Hockey) League, I coached in the National Hockey League. Do you think I would let a guy go on if the doctor came to me and said, ‘he shouldn’t play.’ That’s absolute nonsense. It’s a disgrace to say I would do that and the doctors … as far as I’m concerned, it’s a money grab.”

Never boring.

  1. sampulls - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Don is right about his ratings….he is #1.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Yeah I wouldn’t miss him if he were to go

    • sunderlanding - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Says a Penguins fan. Clearly you don’t understand the tradition and history of hockey. Don is the man.

      • trbowman - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        Cool that you can judge sombody’s hockey knowledge based solely on his dislike of Don Cherry.

        Relax brother.

      • sunderlanding - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        It is cool. Thanks!

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Yes, because you get so many chances to see a Hockey Night in Canada living in Pittsburgh.

      (Yes, I’m aware NHL Network carries the broadcast time to time. You all get my point.)

      • logicalcomment - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        LOL just because someone is a penguins fan doesn’t automatically mean he lives in pittsburgh, anyway don cherry is garbage

      • Exiled1 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        I live in Ohio and have been watching Don Cherry since I was a kid. CBC is broadcast outside Canada.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      You don’t even watch him now do you?

      • dolphincult - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        typical bloflo33

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        That’s terrible, at least put some thought into an insult.

  3. nickp91 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Don Cherry will never quit Hockey Night in Canada

  4. dhalb34 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I’m a casual hockey fan, and I couldn’t imagine the NHL without Cherry. Everything he said about that lawsuit is true. I think as far as the NFL and College Football are concerned, the NHL has been light years ahead of them. GO SHARKS!

  5. whammy71 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    DC’s ego is too big for him to quit. He needs HNIC more than they need him.

  6. thailer35 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Oh the arrogance. He can’t help but talk big because on the inside, he knows his days are numbered.

    • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      This is not a comment from a well informed hockey fan. Cherry has been talking big and arrogantly since the inception of coach’s corner with Dave Hodge in the early 80s. The guy is 79 years old, so it’s no big revelation to say his days are numbered. However, I do believe Rogers will eventually acquire HNIC from CBC, the HNIC original theme song from TSN, and create a central bridge that will kickoff HNIC every Saturday, Wednesday, and Sunday, and provide intermission entertainment during all (up to 9+ TV channels at any given time) broadcasts. Cherry and MacLean may very well be part of this new era as they transition from the current format. CBC will be more than happy to rid themselves if the highly paid Cherry, and make a lot of money with the sale of the HNIC brand. CBC is a state run television network, which can ill afford the expenses associated with broadcasting hockey games in the digital, multimedia, multi-platform, and content driven age.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I haven’t the slightest doubt that HNIC could survive without Rob Ford’s buddy Don. As the song says: they can do… without you.

  8. blackhawks2010 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Don Cherry is Hockey.

    • speedstickmusk - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Don Cherry is a jacka$$ who is about 15 yrs past his prime…

      • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Using the dollar sign in you comment was brilliant because he’s worth a lot personally and helps generate revenue for the NHL.

    • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Wow! What the hell has he done to advance the game of hockey. Sure! He does a great job promoting the game and providing exposure, but to bestow on him the god complex of hockey is somewhat of an exaggeration.

      • winger58 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Why post if you’re going to answer your own question?!

  9. csilojohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Just upgrade the TV quality coming out of canada and ill be happy. Who cares about that blowhard drag queen Cherry.

    • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      What’s wrong with the TV quality? One thing for sure there are too many games broadcasted in SD on NHL Center Ice. I’m hoping Rogers will be able to present all games on NHL Center Ice in HD. I mean, it sucks to watch a game in SD on HDTV.

  10. graymalkin26 - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Don is garbage?? Typical knob gobbling American…FU AH!

  11. mattyo99 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Don Cherry is 79, he won’t last forever. He has been around the game for a long time and hate to see him go, if he does, but every good thing does come to an end.. Now Pierre Maqiure can take over(haha, that would sux)

  12. mattyo99 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Canadiens have such an inferiority complex when it comes to’s actually funny when we have an opinion about hockey and they get all pissy. “Eh guy you better cool it buddy, eh!”🇺🇸

    • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      After living in the U.S. for more than a decade the only thing I was able find that made the U.S. more superior than Canada was the weather in So Cal. Since the U.S. doesn’t own the patent on the weather I suppose you could say they don’t have much more than Canada or any other industrialized country.

    • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      And everything for the U.S. started from slavey (white house was built by slaves from Africa) or acquired from killing the native Indians or from internal wars. So much blood…

  13. slysipops - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    DON is like SLIM in this song.! he is HOCKEY! and this IS coming from a YANK !…………………

    • slysipops - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      SO what if he wears wild sport coats……….it’s his trade mark! i’ll bet a lot of youngsters who call him names would be quite still if standing in front of DON ( SLIM ) !

  14. egyptdog31 - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Don Cherry is the man!

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