NHL Playoffs 2012: Don Cherry—Why It’s Time for Grapes’ Run on CBC to End

May 8th, 2012 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
To everything, there is a season. And the season has turned for Coach's Corner with Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada.

Coach's Corner has been running for more than 30 years—since the early 80s—and Don Cherry hasn't changed his tune. This is like listening to Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" during the first intermission of every game. It really is 'the same old song.'

There's good reason why Cherry struck a chord in the beginning.

The Canada/Russia series of the 70s sparked a huge sense of nationalism. Canadians were the golden heroes; the Russians were the red enemy. They were skilled and talented, but they were robots, controlled by the Communist state.

These stereotypes bled over to other European countries as their players started to enter the NHL. Because they were different, they were a bit threatening. And, it could be argued, they were taking Canadian jobs—never mind that expansion and the merger with the WHA were creating more teams, and thus more positions, than ever before.

Cherry's early bluster played into these fears, supporting the "good Canadian boys" and finding faults, real or imagined, wit ...

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