Don Cherry says icing rule is 'absolutely ridiculous'
Grapes not happy with the number of injuries it causes
Posted: Apr 6, 2013 9:22 PM ET
Last Updated: Apr 6, 2013 11:45 PM ET
Don Cherry has had enough of the icing rule.
On his latest Coach’s Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, Cherry voiced his disapproval of the rule, saying it has caused of too many sad injuries.
"The most important thing in my life is some day getting this icing gone."
Cherry said players look confused during the race to touch up for an icing call, putting the players in danger of severe injuries.
The topic got heated once again after defenceman Joni Pitkanen of the Carolina Hurricanes suffered a broken heel bone on Tuesday during the game against the Washington Capitals. He is expected to be out 10 to 12 weeks.
"They have no idea what it’s going on and it’s so confusing and this is what’s up right now," Cherry said. "Pitkanen gets out, he’s out for the year."
The defenceman crashed into the boards with Capitals' Troy Brouwer after a race in pursuit of the puck.
Grapes also called out the media, adding writers should highlight icing injuries and give them as much importance as fighting injuries in order to get the league's attention.
"This is absolutely ridiculous," he said. "It’s so sad, they’re [writers] so stupid … they have to do something about that."