Don Cherry praises Leafs fans for peaceful celebrations
Coach's Corner commentator lauds thousands of fans outside ACC Sunday
Don Cherry praised thousands of ardent Toronto Maple Leafs fans on Sunday for keeping their celebrations peaceful.
During his Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada Sunday night, the colourful commentator talked about the massive crowd gathered outside the Air Canada Centre in Maple Leafs Square during Game 6 between Toronto and the Boston Bruins, lauding them for their good behaviour.
"Speaking of crowds, I have to say something," Cherry said. "Out of 20,000 people outside [the ACC], there, they don’t wreck things. They’re good, Canadian hockey fans and they don’t wreck things, they love hockey and that’s the way it should be."
The Leafs won the contest 2-1 to force a deciding Game 7 Monday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).
After the Canucks fell to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, violence and discord broke out in the streets of Vancouver.
Damage estimates to the city were in the millions, and at least 56 involved in the riots were convicted of various offences.
Cherry appreciates Bouwmeester’s play
Cherry was also quick to come to the defence of St. Louis blue-liner Jay Bouwmeester.
The Blues defender, who had never played in the playoffs at the NHL level until this season, was the star player during his team’s 4-2 Western Conference quarter-final loss to the L.A. Kings, according to Cherry.
"[Jay Bouwmeester] was one of the best players they had," Cherry said. "He’s not a real banger, he’s a guy that takes the body a little bit. Everybody thinks, ‘oh, a big body, why doesn’t he hit?’ And right off the bat they didn’t like him in Calgary because he made a lot of money.
"If he was making a million bucks, he’d be dynamite. I don’t know how people work that. He’s not a banger…but he was one of their best players as far as I’m concerned."