ON SATURDAY DON CHERRY WAS ERASED FROM HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

'Coach's Corner is no more': Ron MacLean discusses Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada ~ 'I've struggled mightily to find the words,' MacLean says during 1st intermission

Ron MacLean (left) sits beside Don Cherry as Rogers TV unveils their team for the station's NHL coverage in Toronto on Monday, March 10, 2014. (CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

‘COACH’S CORNER IS NO MORE’: RON MACLEAN DISCUSSES DON CHERRY ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean addressed Sportsnet’s firing of Don Cherry during the first intermission of Saturday night’s primetime NHL game — when the duo would normally host “Coach’s Corner.”

MacLean addressed Cherry’s Nov. 9 remarks and the ensuing controversy in a rambling speech, touching on his relationship with Cherry and his decision to go with conviction over friendship.

“Coach’s Corner is no more,” the 59-year-old MacLean said. “We are all hurting. I have collapsed a hundred times this week, if not more. We are all disappointed. Bobby Orr is disappointed in me. Bobby, I’m disappointed in me. READ MORE


Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean addressed Sportsnet’s firing of Don Cherry during the first intermission of Saturday night’s primetime NHL game. (Sportsnet)

RON MACLEAN ADDRESSES VIEWERS IN FIRST HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA SINCE DON CHERRY’S OUSTER
In the first intermission to air on Hockey Night in Canada since Don Cherry’s dismissal, host Ron MacLean addressed viewers alone for almost five minutes, saying, “we are all hurting.”

“You know the story, that Coach’s Corner is no more,” he said at the beginning of his monologue.

“I have collapsed a hundred times this week, if not more,” MacLean continued. “We’re all disappointed.” READ MORE


ON SATURDAY DON CHERRY WAS ERASED FROM HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
On the first edition of Hockey Night in Canada in almost four decades without Don Cherry, this country’s flagship hockey TV program bid a respectful farewell to the 85-year-old combative coach. And then it immediately struck a bold new tone, painting a portrait of hockey’s future as multicultural and gender-balanced as the country – and also explicitly excludes Cherry, like an enemy of a Soviet state airbrushed from the history books.

When the first period intermission of Saturday night’s broadcast came back from commercial for the first time, Cherry’s longtime collaborator, Ron MacLean, was seated alone in the main Sportsnet studio from which he anchors Hockey Night, rather than on the special Coach’s Corner set. “Welcome to our first intermission,” he said. “You know the story. Coach’s Corner is no more, and it’s 34 years.” READ MORE


Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean speaks about Don Cherry during the first period intermission on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (JACK BOLAND / TORONTO SUN)

RON MACLEAN SAYS COACH’S CORNER ‘IS NO MORE’ AFTER DON CHERRY FIRING
TORONTO — Sports broadcaster Ron MacLean addressed Don Cherry’s dismissal on “Hockey Night in Canada,” saying he still loves his former co-host but ultimately had to choose “principle over friendship.”

Speaking directly to viewers for nearly five minutes, MacLean said “Coach’s Corner is no more” and laid out his feelings following Cherry’s divisive comments last week that cost him his job.

“We are all hurting. I have collapsed a hundred times, if not more,” MacLean said. “How can you choose principle over friendship? But I had to.”

MacLean made his comments Saturday night during the first intermission of “Hockey Night in Canada” as the Toronto Maple Leafs took on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Noticeably missing were the segment’s traditional fanfare and music. READ MORE


MACLEAN CALLS FIRST ‘HOCKEY NIGHT’ WITHOUT CHERRY THE ‘END OF AN ERA’
TORONTO — Ron MacLean addressed Don Cherry’s dismissal with a lengthy monologue during the first period intermission of Saturday’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast, saying “Coach’s Corner is no more.”

MacLean opened the intermission segment — the first since Sportsnet fired Cherry on Monday — by speaking alone on camera for nearly five minutes.

“We are all hurting. I have collapsed a 100 times this week, if not more,” MacLean said. “We are all disappointed. … I’ve sat all week long reflecting, listening to you (the viewer) — and I have heard you. I’ve reflected by listening to my own heart. … and I’ve struggled mightily to find the words.” READ MORE

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