If you know who he is, you either love him or hate him; very few people are unsure of how they feel about Don Cherry.
Canadian hockey fans know the man, some U.S. fans may as well. He’s been called everything from a Saturday Night Hockey buffoon to an savvy hockey strategist. Well, maybe the second is stretching it a bit, but some people really do feel that Cherry knows what he’s talking about.
Ok, just who is Don Cherry? Although Cherry played a decent career in minor hockey, he only played one game in the NHL, for the Boston Bruins. Back in the American Hockey League, where he had played, Cherry coached for three years. He must have known his stuff, because he was voted Coach of the Year during that time. After that, he became a coach for the same team he played that one NHL game, the Bruins. After several years of coaching in different capacities, Cherry became a hockey commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and now has a regular spot on Hockey Night in Canada, called Coaches’ Corner.
There are many reasons why some people can’t stand Cherry. He’s extremely outspoken and his opinions are the gospel to him. But, the thing is – when Cherry speaks, people listen. They may not always agree, but they listen.
Concussions, damage to the brain tissue because of trauma, are a big problem in many sports, particularly contact sports like ice hockey. The more aggressive the play, the higher the risk of sustaining a concussion.
Cherry has long been saying that hockey players don’t respect each other enough. One hand, he’s derisive about “sissy” playing, on the other hand, he is all about respecting each other and not deliberately hurting each other.
But, will he speak for concussion prevention? See for yourself in this article, Should Don Cherry lead fight against hits to the head?