• email
  • Bookmark and Share

Cherry applauds stiff Cooke suspension, but says it should have happened sooner

TORONTO - Don Cherry says the NHL got it right this time.

The colourful "Hockey Night In Canada" personality applauded the league for its stiff suspension of Pittsburgh agitator Matt Cooke on Saturday's "Coach's Corner" broadcast on CBC.

Cooke was suspended for the rest of the regular season, which worked out to 10 games, plus the first round of the playoffs for elbowing Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in the head in a game last Sunday afternoon.

"It's almost like a drunk, (he) has to have something done to him to straighten him out," Cherry said of Cooke. "I believe this kid will straighten out."

Cherry was far more measured in tone Saturday than he was in a "Coach's Corner" segment that aired just over a year ago, when he called Cooke "gutless" and "backstabbing" after his hit to the head of Marc Savard left the Bruins centre with a severe concussion. Cooke was not suspended for that hit, a decision that infuriated Cherry.

"It's too bad he wasn't straightened out on the Savard (hit), which he should have got 20 games," Cherry said Saturday. "It might have saved a lot of guys injuries."

Cherry also lauded McDonagh, a rookie, for showing respect to Cooke by saying the Penguins forward didn't mean to hit him in the head.

More Stories

Rangers headed to the Cup final on a high, Habs left wondering what happened

NEW YORK, N.Y. - On a night where something special was needed, the New York Rangers produced...

After serving suspension, Clarkson is ready to make Maple Leafs debut

David Clarkson took it on faith that the Maple Leafs could win without him. Still, the waiting...

A year after playing in the Stanley Cup finals, Devils wondering what happened

NEWARK, N.J. - There's little mystery why the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs a year after...

NHL slaps Godard with 10-game suspension, Gillies with nine-game ban

The NHL suspended New York Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games and Matt Martin for...
blog comments powered by Disqus

THN on Twitter