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Don Cherry praises Patrick Roy's feisty coaching debut

Don Cherry liked what he saw from Patrick Roy's combative NHL coaching debut in Coach's Corner.
Don says Patrick Roy "keeps it alive" behind the Colorado Avalanche bench. 7:15

Don Cherry liked what he saw from Patrick Roy's NHL coaching debut Wednesday night. 

The Coach's Corner commentator applauded Roy on Saturday for the intensity he brought to the Colorado Avalanche bench. Roy got into a heated exchange with Ducks counterpart Bruce Boudreau, shoving over the glass partition between the two benches.

Roy was fined $10,000 US for his antics, but Cherry said that the players support the former NHL goalie's feisty coaching style.

Don't blame Pat Roy, because I'll tell you one thing: He keeps them [the players] alive and the people in Colorado are going to love him.- Don Cherry

"Everybody's saying, 'what a bad thing.' Are you crazy? All the players love this," Cherry said as he showed a clip of Roy's outburst. "Look at the players looking in the background. They're smiling. They love it. They're in the game."

The four-time Stanley Cup champion was best known for his passion and emotion during his 18-year career. Cherry called Roy "a fighter" when he showed footage from a 1997 game in which Roy exchanged blows with Detroit Red Wings goalie Mike Vernon. It's that same which Cherry says makes Roy a dynamic coach.

"You've got to be alive on the bench," Cherry said. "Don't just stand there with your arms folded in the back.

Don't blame Pat Roy, because I'll tell you one thing: He keeps them [the players] alive and the people in Colorado are going to love him."

Earlier in the segment, Cherry said that all it took for Daniel Alfredsson to leave the Ottawa Senators for the Detroit Red Wings was the fact that Sens general manger Bryan Murray had to negotiate with the former captain.

Cherry added that Alfredsson saw the appeal of playing in Detroit, where there would be less pressure there being captain, and that he would get to join his Swedish compatriots.

Watch the video above for the full Coach's Corner segment.

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