“Coach’s Corner is no more.”
In what can be described as a hockey address to the nation, Ron MacLean dealt with Don Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night in Canada, confirming the end of Coach’s Corner and saying while he loves his former co-host, he had to choose “principle over friendship.”
MacLean made his comments during the first intermission of the Toronto/Pittsburgh game on Hockey Night in Canada. The sports broadcaster repeated his respect for Cherry several times and said he had spoken to him in the past week. MacLean said his disagreement with Cherry did not diminish his respect for him.
“We honour what you’ve meant to the game.” MacLean said.
Cherry was fired by Sportsnet on Remembrance Day after his “you people” rant on Coach’s Corner last weekend, which prompted a tirade on social media and to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council from people who felt the comments were a direct attack on immigrants for not wearing poppies.
“You know Don–defiant. There were steps that needed to be taken because of what had been said by Don. And he didn’t want to do those steps. So he made his choice and I made mine.” Maclean said.
Sportsnet has said it is going to take the segment in a new direction.