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Cherry stresses need for no-touch icing

Don Cherry continued to air his frustration Saturday at the NHL's apparent lack of urgency to address the no-touch icing rule.

'When somebody gets killed, they'll do something about it,' he says of NHL

Don Cherry continued to air his frustration Saturday at the NHL's apparent lack of urgency to address the no-touch icing rule.

During Saturday's Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, he cited a one-game suspension this week to Colorado Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker for his hit on an icing play against Los Angeles.

"That's sad when the [NHL] won't do anything about it," Cherry said "When somebody gets killed, they'll do something about it."

On Monday night, Tucker was tangling with Matt Greene during an icing race and touched skates with the Kings defenceman before the latter slammed heavily into the boards.

Tucker was slapped with a tripping penalty on the play and forfeited $11,658.03 US in salary.

A baffled Cherry said no-touch icing wasn't on the agenda at the recent general managers' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.

"I understand the [NHL board of] governors, or somebody, voted 30-0 against [no-touch icing]," he said. "They're not defencemen going into the corners."

To support his case, Cherry suggested to fans during the March 6 Coach's Corner segment that they probably didn't notice there was no-touch icing at the Vancouver Olympics in February.

"The [media] doesn't understand there's more careers ended on [players going skates-first into the end boards] than there has been [on blindside hits to the head]," Cherry said earlier this month. "Some guys retired after [their injuries].

"How anybody could say they like this is beyond me."