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Don Cherry: Hockey Canada on 'road to Hell'

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11:33 AM ET 05.26 | Don Cherry thinks he knows where Hockey Canada is headed after the organization placed a nationwide ban on bodychecking in Peewee hockey. "You (Hockey Canada) have good intentions, but the road to Hell is paved with good intentions," Cherry on Saturday's edition of Coach's Corner. "You're going to be sorry. You watch and see, you will be sorry." Earlier in the day, Hockey Canada's board of directors voted to eliminate bodychecking for players from ages of 11-12 to lower the risk of injuries.

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May 26, 2013  11:41 AM ET

He's right. We won't even recognize the game in 20 years when all players are Phil Kessel tough.

May 26, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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He's right. We won't even recognize the game in 20 years when all players are Phil Kessel tough.

It will be called the Crosby rule.

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May 26, 2013  12:22 PM ET

The NFHL (National Flag Hockey League) is born. And don't talk harshly, somebody may cry.

May 26, 2013  12:22 PM ET

this is just stupid

May 26, 2013  12:58 PM ET

That's not what he said though - like I said earlier they might as well remove it right up to junior - if you're gonna 'protect' little Johnny - and call it ALL house league up to that point - screw the travelling teams etc, and let the kids do it for the enjoyment and skills development, alone. The real problem, is that too many parents, and some coaches are complete mental incompetents. If they can't keep it square, with soft equipment and really decent helmets, then they should at least be required to provide for the kid(s) for life, if they are injured - then someone might actually think just a little wee bit about ACCEPTABLE conduct, all ways round. The Nat Ho League has become a disgusting example for minor hockey - the spearing, elbowing, back-stabbing, running goalies, and blatant charging by agrieved players when penalties aren't called, is definitely increasing, and the gearboxes in charge still talk about fighting, and basically act like they have their heads in the sand. It's all bums on seats, instead of calling games by the rules. And since when, do the cops have to be called when the malfeasance is happening right in front of them. Someone who breaks a law should have to answer to the law. Is that TOO simple?

May 26, 2013  01:26 PM ET



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May 26, 2013  01:44 PM ET
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Once again Don is on point.

May 26, 2013  05:20 PM ET

get out to tutus and ballet slippers

May 26, 2013  05:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Once again Don is on point.

yup

May 26, 2013  05:50 PM ET

Way to tell him Drapes

May 26, 2013  06:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That's not what he said though - like I said earlier they might as well remove it right up to junior - if you're gonna 'protect' little Johnny - and call it ALL house league up to that point - screw the travelling teams etc, and let the kids do it for the enjoyment and skills development, alone. The real problem, is that too many parents, and some coaches are complete mental incompetents. If they can't keep it square, with soft equipment and really decent helmets, then they should at least be required to provide for the kid(s) for life, if they are injured - then someone might actually think just a little wee bit about ACCEPTABLE conduct, all ways round. The Nat Ho League has become a disgusting example for minor hockey - the spearing, elbowing, back-stabbing, running goalies, and blatant charging by agrieved players when penalties aren't called, is definitely increasing, and the gearboxes in charge still talk about fighting, and basically act like they have their heads in the sand. It's all bums on seats, instead of calling games by the rules. And since when, do the cops have to be called when the malfeasance is happening right in front of them. Someone who breaks a law should have to answer to the law. Is that TOO simple?

Oldtom, you make very valid points. IMHO, it's a two edged sword:
a) On the one hand, you want children to learn the fundamentals of every aspect of the game from the get go. They need to learn to do it properly like any other part of the game. It is a skill and, as seen in the SC playoffs, body checking is a critical component of the game and, as much a part of a winning strategy as scoring goals. Hockey isn't hockey without it.
b) On the other hand, when you see an ever increasing number of crazed, out of control parents with delusions of grandeur and dollar signs dancing in their eyes, physically and verbally assaulting coaches, refs, other parents and even the children themselves, it gives you pause.

It's highly disturbing indeed to go to a kid's game and see adults work themselves into a frenzy and sick their kids on other kids as if they were animals in a rink. There is something drastically wrong when you hear them shout "Kill him! Hut the little ****! Make him bleed! Cripple the little ****." It is repugnant to hear them use every vile, filthy and abusive word you can think of on the officials, coaches, other parents and often on their own children when they fail to do so. It makes me sad to see them abuse their own kids in this way.

Unfortunately, these are no longer isolated incidents but are part and parcel of hockey (and every other major sport) throughout the ranks. We've all read about, seen on the news or witnessed it with our very own eyes (as I have too many times) the ugly and dangerous confrontations taking place during and after games by outraged parents/siblings/relatives who felt their little killing machines are being prevented from becoming the next Mark Messier, Phil Esposito or Bobby Hull.

I personally agree with Don Cherry. It is a huge mistake. But, at the same time, we have to find a way of curbing and eliminating this ever increasing culture of violence that turns something that should be fun and enjoyable into a senseless blood sport. It shouldn't be so.

May 26, 2013  06:59 PM ET

With all the unnecessary cheap shots in the NHL lately, especially the ones that knock out the star players the fans most want to watch, it's like watching new Ferraris and Lamborghinis getting wrecked in a demolition derby. Tough but honest hockey is great, stupid hockey is not.

May 26, 2013  08:26 PM ET

Maybe teach these peewees to hit with the hip instead of not at all.

May 26, 2013  08:56 PM ET

Its the same thing with football down here. Kids are being taught to droo their heads and smack someine instead of being taught proper tackling technique.

Outlawing tackling isn't going to fix the problem. And as long as Dad and his gang of buddies are "coaching", nothing changes.

And - as Tom and Roamer already pointed out with regard to the NHofL, the NFofL isn't any help.

May 26, 2013  11:12 PM ET
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Oldtom, you make very valid points. IMHO, it's a two edged sword: a) On the one hand, you want children to learn the fundamentals of every aspect of the game from the get go. They need to learn to do it properly like any other part of the game. It is a skill and, as seen in the SC playoffs, body checking is a critical component of the game and, as much a part of a winning strategy as scoring goals. Hockey isn't hockey without it. b) On the other hand, when you see an ever increasing number of crazed, out of control parents with delusions of grandeur and dollar signs dancing in their eyes, physically and verbally assaulting coaches, refs, other parents and even the children themselves, it gives you pause. It's highly disturbing indeed to go to a kid's game and see adults work themselves into a frenzy and sick their kids on other kids as if they were animals in a rink. There is something drastically wrong when you hear them shout "Kill him! Hut the little ****! Make him bleed! Cripple the little ****." It is repugnant to hear them use every vile, filthy and abusive word you can think of on the officials, coaches, other parents and often on their own children when they fail to do so. It makes me sad to see them abuse their own kids in this way.Unfortunately, these are no longer isolated incidents but are part and parcel of hockey (and every other major sport) throughout the ranks. We've all read about, seen on the news or witnessed it with our very own eyes (as I have too many times) the ugly and dangerous confrontations taking place during and after games by outraged parents/siblings/relatives who felt their little killing machines are being prevented from becoming the next Mark Messier, Phil Esposito or Bobby Hull.I personally agree with Don Cherry. It is a huge mistake. But, at the same time, we have to find a way of curbing and eliminating this ever increasing culture of violence that turns something that should be fun and enjoyable into a senseless blood sport. It shouldn't be so.

Roamer, you make some great points and I truly agree with everything you've said. Many years ago I used to umpire CYO baseball games and the parents were an embarassment. The kids liked to play, competed well and usually very fairly. Many of the parents made Al-Quaeda seem kind. Cherry was 100% on point but you are right on target with your comments too. Well said. When my nephew was a little kid playing hockey it was really embarassing to hear parents, both moms and dads, make idiots of themselves while embarassing their kids. Sad indeed.

May 26, 2013  11:14 PM ET

"Don Cherry: Hockey Canada on 'road to Hell'"

The results for Canada in recent International competitions speak for themselves. If that doesn't wake Hockey Canada up, nothing will. Truth is, the world has not only caught up but is passing them by while HC leadership is engaged in self-destruction through Politically Correct stupidity. Keep it going, Hockey Canada! Your neighbors to the South appreciate the steps you're taking to emasculate your players.

 
May 27, 2013  06:52 PM ET
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What in h3ll is Cherry wearing? Curtains from 1973?

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