Don Cherry meets his match
He was a better hockey coach than a player, and a better commentator than a coach. But as Don Cherry's career gained momentum, so did the controversy. Brash, outspoken and flamboyant, Cherry has the biggest mouth in hockey. It's a quality that Canadians either love, love to hate, or just hate. From his time on ice to his time on air, Don Cherry's unrestrained commentary has often landed him in hot water.
In this CBC clip, the outspoken gay comedian of Kids In the Hall fame arrives, and nuzzles up - literally - to an apprehensive Cherry.
• In another Globe article, Cherry's response when asked his opinion of gay people was: "Most people are anti-gay because they're afraid of 'em, and I'm not afraid of 'em. I have fun with 'em. We have fun and kid each other. Noel Coward is one of my favourites, so what can I tell you?"
• During the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Cherry made disparaging comments about Quebecers, belittling the province's Olympians as well as separatists.
• The first time Cherry returned to Quebec after Nagano was for a Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres game in April 1998. When he emerged for pre-game commentary, the crowd booed him. The CBC's Ron MacLean said the game "wasn't his usual, uproarious love-in."
• Manon Rheaume, mentioned in this clip, was the NHL's first female hockey player. In 1992, Rheaume played a pre-season game with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rheaume went on to play in the men's minors league and also, in 1992 joined the women's Team Canada. Rheaume was Team Canada's goaltender at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.
• Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui was cancelled midway into its second season; it ran from Oct. 30, 1992, to Dec. 31, 1993.
Program: Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui
Broadcast Date: Oct. 30, 1992
Guests: Don Cherry, Scott Thompson
Host: Ralph Benmergui
Last updated: February 28, 2014
Page consulted on February 28, 2014
All Clips from this Topic
The twice-fired hockey coach discusses his job prospects.
Don Cherry, with his bull terrier Blue, appears with Harry Brown to ta...
Don Cherry is proud of the Canadians who were disqualified from 1987 j...
Don Cherry reveals his secret weapon: frankness.
As It Happens challenges Cherry for sexist comment in sports lo...
After insulting dancers publicly, Cherry makes amends at the Royal Win...
The gloves are off for Don Cherry and Scott Thompson.
Canadians weigh in on what they think of Don Cherry.
Outspoken former coach Cherry takes on equally fiery coach Pat Quinn i...
Gilles Duceppe says Cherry's comments in Nagano insult Quebecers.
Don Cherry's remark about 'Europeans and French guys' prompts outrage ...
After his notorious comment on visors, Canadians chime in on whether C...
He was a better hockey coach than a player, and a better commentator t...