Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean addressed Sportsnet's shoot of Don Cherry during the an initial intermission of Saturday night's primetime NHL game — as soon as the duo would typically host "Coach's Corner."
Ignacio Estefanell · sports · Posted: Nov 16, 2019 8:43 pm ET | critical Updated: January 25, 2020

Hockey Night in Canada organize Ron MacLean handle Sportsnet's shoot of Don Cherry throughout the first intermission the Saturday night's primetime NHL game. (Sportsnet)
Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean addressed Sportsnet's shoot of Don Cherry throughout the first intermission that Saturday night's primetime NHL game — as soon as the duo would normally host "Coach's Corner."

MacLean addressed Cherry's Nov. 9 remarks and the following controversy in a rambling speech, touching on his relationship with Cherry and also his decision to go with conviction end friendship.

"Coach's corner is no more," the 59-year-old MacLean said. "We are all hurting. I have collapsed a hundred times this week, if no more. We are all disappointed. Bobby Orr is disappointed in me. Bobby, I'm disappointed in me.

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"I've sat all week lengthy reflecting listening come you  and I have actually heard you. I've reflected by listening come my very own heart…and I've struggled mightily to uncover the words."

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Ron MacLean spoke throughout the 1st intermission of the Leafs/ Penguins game to resolve the Don Cherry situation and what he referred to as the "end of one era." 4:44
Cherry's nearly four-decade operation on Hockey Night ended Monday after he made on-air comments critical Saturday which many felt were vital of immigrant for not wearing Remembrance job poppies.

"You people … girlfriend love our way of life, girlfriend love ours milk and also honey, at the very least you can pay a couple bucks because that a poppy or something choose that," Cherry said on Nov. 9. "These guys paid because that your way of life that you reap in Canada, these males paid the biggest price."

While MacLean apologized last Sunday for Cherry's incendiary remarks, he went on to describe his decision come break v Cherry, after 34 years of partnership, together a crucial one.

"There were actions that needed to it is in taken because of what had been said by Don and also he didn't desire to perform those steps. So…I decided to go one way and the another. And also you say, okay, how deserve to you choose principle end friendship however I had to," MacLean said.

For its part, Sportsnet has likewise said they may eventually take the long-running first-intermission segment in a different direction.

Viewers were given a sample throughout Saturday's very first intermission which also featured a segment through MacLean interviewing Hayley Wickenheiser and Guy Carbonneau, two members that the 2019 Hockey room of call induction class.

The induction ceremony is Monday.

Wickenheiser also mentioned Cherry in the short, three-minute segment, speak she appreciated the "he was always talking about women's hockey."

Sportsnet called Cherry's remarks from last Saturday "divisive," and said lock "do not stand for our worths or what we stand for" once announcing his shooting on Monday.

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on Tuesday, Cherry called News the he sees exactly how he can have do his suggest differently.

"I think it to be a mistake," he stated of his remarks. "But ns think the huge thing was that ns should have actually said 'everybody' — that was the big, large thing."

Hockey Night in Canada was a longtime Saturday night staple, however the show and its games moved come Sportsnet once Rogers landed a profitable long-term transfer rights attend to the NHL that began in 2014. "Coach's Corner" and Hockey Night in Canada are still transfer on in a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media, which own Sportsnet.

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Cherry, a aboriginal of Kingston, Ont., join Hockey Night in Canada in 1980 as a playoff analyst and was so popular that he was kept on as a colour commentator. later developed "Coach's Corner" together a auto to showcase Cherry, through MacLean ultimately replacing Dave Hodge as Cherry's sidekick.

Known for his outlandish suits and also thumbs-up gesture, Cherry periodically weighed in ~ above off-ice topics throughout his popular first-intermission program, and sometimes those see landed that in hot water.

The Canadian Broadcasting requirements Council said previously this mainly it was so overloaded with complaints after critical Saturday's segment that it surpassed the organization's technical handling capacity.

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