Don Cherry QuotesDon Cherry is no stranger to controversy. Since being hired by Hockey Night In Canada, Cherry's comments have brought protests from many parties - including French Canadians, Europeans, opponents of hockey violence and more. Except for a brief period when his comments were time-delayed, Cherry has kept his job and seen his popularity reach the level where CBC is currently producing a film about his life.
"When I was a kid, I used to pray the Lord to make me a Hockey player. But I forgot to mention the NHL, so I spent 16 years in the minors!"
Phil Esposito was called into the office of Boston Bruins' Don Cherry. Cherry told Esposito that he was going to be traded to another team. Esposito replied:
"Okay, but if you say New York Rangers, I am going to jump out that window."
Cherry looked as his assistant, "Bobby, open the window."
"I don't give a BLEEEP about him"
When approached for comment about Tator's claim that Cherry is a "negative influence" in the fight against head injuries, the star of Coach's Corner dismissed Tator's allegation with a series of profane remarks.
"The greatest hockey player who ever lived: Bobby Orr, and I love him."
"Most of the guys that wear them are Europeans and French Guys."On Kyle Wellwood:
“I never, ever said 'don't wear a visor,'”
“Here’s Wellwood, Seven-and-oh in the faceoffs, plus-two, two assists, played 20 minutes, drew eight minutes on the power play, lost a tooth and a pint of blood. What a guy.”On Fighting in the NHL
“Everybody loves fights, ... The fans love it.”
“Anybody who says they don't like fighting in the NHL have to be out of their minds.”
“Everyone knows everybody loves fights. They better start listening to the people who are at the game and pay the money than the twits upstairs who get in for free.”“To run up a score like that, that is wrong. First of all it is not the Canadian way.”
“I never understand this. He's got 11 power-play goals, nobody touches him. He's got a cannon [of a shot]. If he doesn't put it in, he tears your ankles off. Get [McCabe] out there.”
“People think common sense is common - but it's not.”
Don Cherry Books and DVDs:
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Don Cherry Rant on Pavel Bure 1995 Coach's Corner: