Cherry agrees with Rypien suspension

Don Cherry thinks the NHL did the right thing by suspending Vancouver's Rick Rypien after the centre reached into the crowd grabbed a Minnesota fan.

Don Cherry thinks the NHL did the right thing by suspending Rick Rypien for six games after the Vancouver centre reached into the crowd and grabbed a Minnesota Wild fan on Tuesday night.

"The National Hockey League did very, very good," Cherry said on the Coach's Corner segment of Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada. "They didn't go wacko, they didn't make him an example. He's lucky he only got six games ... he pushed the guy, that's all. You can't do that."

In the second period of Vancouver's 6-2 loss to the Wild, Rypien was heading to the dressing room after receiving a 10-minute misconduct for an altercation with Minnesota's Brad Staubitz. Rypien was by the Canucks' bench when he went after a boisterous fan.  

The league also fined the Canucks $25,000, a mandatory penalty for any team whose player touches a fan.

Cherry recounted a story from his time as a coach when a fan hit him.

"In Richmond, I was coaching and I was on the bench ... some guy corked me I didn't know where I was. I reached up ... and I was going to hit him and I [thought] 'WHOAH! They'll throw the key away around there.'"