NHL pocket book: Canadian icon Cherry fired over feedback


Longtime Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry was fired on Monday, two days after making on-air feedback that many believed disparaged immigrants.

Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry walks by Olympic Park on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 20, 2014. Information/Jim Younger (RUSSIA – Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ICE HOCKEY MEDIA)

Cherry, 85, was talking Saturday on his “Coach’s Nook” section on “Hockey Night time In Canada” and commenced a dialogue of Remembrance Day — the Canadian equal of Veterans Day. Individuals usually put on purple poppies, paper poppies or related pins to mark the day.

“I dwell in Mississauga (Ontario),” he stated on the air. “Only a few individuals put on the poppy. Downtown Toronto, overlook it. No one wears the poppy. … Now you go to the small cities. You individuals … that come right here, no matter it’s — you’re keen on our lifestyle. You’re keen on our milk and honey. At the least you’ll be able to pay a pair bucks for a poppy or one thing like that. These guys paid to your lifestyle that you just take pleasure in in Canada. These guys paid the largest worth for that.”

On Sunday, Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley apologized for Cherry’s feedback, and the community fired him on Monday. Cherry confirmed his firing to the Toronto Solar on Monday afternoon and stated he didn’t remorse his feedback. CBC initially employed him in 1981 to look on “Hockey Night time In Canada.”

—Columbus Blue Jackets ahead Nick Foligno was suspended three video games for elbowing Colorado Avalanche ahead Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday.

Foligno drew a five-minute charging penalty and a sport misconduct for the hit. He left his skates close to middle ice as Bellemare approached and drove his left elbow into the opponent’s face.

The league’s ruling signifies that Foligno, 32, is ready to overlook a Tuesday highway sport at Montreal, a Friday house sport in opposition to the St. Louis Blues and a Nov. 19 house sport in opposition to the Canadians.

—The Arizona Coyotes signed John Chayka, their president of hockey operations and basic supervisor, to a long-term contract extension. Phrases weren’t disclosed.

Chayka, 30, was solely 26 when he was employed on Could 5, 2016, turning into the youngest GM in NHL and North American main sports activities historical past on the time. He was promoted to president of hockey operations on July 12, 2017.

The Coyotes, who haven’t been to the playoffs since 2011-12, are off to a 10-6-2 begin after a Four-Three shootout win over the Washington Capitals on Monday.

—Area Degree Media