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Poll: Was the firing of Don Cherry the right thing to do? — 2 Comments

  1. I was a student at Brandeis U in Boston when Grapes was the coach of the Boston Bruins, and imo this is around the time hockey became more brutal, with players more interested in slamming people into the boards etc rather than having great skating and great skills moving and shooting the puck. I always felt Cherry was part of the increasing brutality. He has always called for better protective equipment for the players as well.
    Given that, I believe everything he said about wearing poppies to honour the soldiers who gave their lives so we can live as we do now is 100 percent correct.
    New Canadians should know Canadian history and culture and want to participate in these sorts of events.
    All over the country, Legions are closing due to lack of interest and the wearing of poppies has decreased.
    Recently, there was an effort to replace red poppies with white ones, which failed.
    Now there’s an effort to have rainbow poppies.
    Students who have declined to wear these have been suspended from schools in Manitoba.
    I am all for gay rights but imposing LGBTQ et. al. on Remembrance Day is to me highly inappropriate and takes away the meaning of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 and subsequent wars.
    Don Cherry made Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean was a nobody and Grapes always treated him like a son. Cherry has the same stature as Foster Hewitt. He always speaks his mind and you can take it or leave it.
    The censorship and firing of Don Cherry is very concerning. I hope it is not a harbinger of things to come, across all media and on the internet.

  2. I’ve never been a great fan of ice hockey (I played field hockey instead). I also have never cared for Don Cherry and his sometimes inappropriate comments. However, I do support free speech and his right to say things as he sees them. I feel he should not have been fired.