Hockey Violence Blamed On Don Cherry (Naturally)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Experts around the world have been taking time out of their busy schedule (see: Congress/BCS) to do random reports on Sports, but the latest out of Canada, just might be the best we've seen. At a recent seminar a Toronto neurosurgeon finally said what we've all been thinking. That HNIC's Don Cherry is to blame for violence in Hockey. Via CBC News....

"He's a negative influence," Dr. Charles Tator told CBC News in reference to Cherry, a popular personality on Hockey Night in Canada. "The aggressive, lack-of-respect hockey that he preaches — we need to get that out of the game."

Tator, an expert on brain injuries, said hockey culture needs to change and Cherry could influence that.

"If he took a strong stand against no hits to the head, it would help," Tator said. He noted that years ago, Cherry added his voice to a move to reduce serious neck injuries in hockey by stiffening rules about hitting from behind.

Tator's view on Cherry was not shared by everyone at the day-long conference, including a former NHL player who left the game in the 1990s due to head injuries.

"Its a very provocative statement," Jason Smith, now an orthopedic surgeon in Toronto, told CBC News in response to Tator's opinion that Cherry contributes to the injury problem.

CBC Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry during a news conference Nov. 24.CBC Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry during a news conference Nov. 24. (Darren Calabrese/CP)"I feel that Don Cherry cares about people, ultimately," Smith said. "So to call him a problem — I don't know. I think it's more in the [hockey] culture. He's a product of that culture ... a little more of a rock 'em, sock 'em type."
Interesting, I guess. I mean people have connected hard hitting action on the field/ice, to violence off of it for years. I guess it's time we started blaming individuals.

MD blames Don Cherry for hockey violence (CBC News)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 8:50 AM


OR the NHL could bring in mandatory rules on helmet reform and concussion rules. That could work as well- MLB and the NFL are looking at new helmets to protect their player's heads.

Don Cherry is not really to blame here, at least on his own, you could blame sportscentre as well, but really it is pointless. The Hard Hits are a product of Hockey Culture, and better helmets would help, and full face shields too.

Coach Jake said...
Dec 14, 2009, 9:44:00 AM  

The NHL could adopt a no-fighting rule, similar to what the colleges use.
But the NHL knows a good thing when it sees it. Fans (and by a small extension, sports highlight shows on TV) love to watch fights and aren't particularly interested in the grace of the game.

Steve Smith said...
Dec 14, 2009, 12:23:00 PM  

damn Canadians

and Steve Smith, how 'bout them Broncos?

questionmark said...
Dec 14, 2009, 9:50:00 PM  

How about them Broncos? Big surprise around these parts, that's for sure. Now if they could stay away from Indianapolis ....

Steve Smith said...
Dec 15, 2009, 1:24:00 PM  

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