THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson
Hockey commentator Don Cherry talks with reporters outside the Parliament buildings in Ottawa on Nov. 7, 2006.
When it comes to stirring the pot, nobody does it quite like Don Cherry. Seemingly always on the verge of getting fired by the CBC for going too far on Hockey Night In Canada's Coach's Corner segment, Cherry has for decades supported fighting in hockey and the old-school code in the game. He's also railed against Europeans and French players, once earning the wrath of the country's official language commissioner during a rant against visors. "Most of the guys who wear them are European or French guys," he said. Cherry got into trouble for dismissing Jean-Luc Brassard, Canada's flag-bearer at the 1998 Olympics, as "a French guy, some skier that nobody knows about." A staunch nationalist, he criticized the Canadian government for not joining the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and once attacked Quebec nationalists by saying "they don't like the Canadian flag but they want our money, we bail them out. I've never seen such a bunch of whiners in my life." He's mellowed some in recent years, but remains the most outspoken man in hockey.
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