The Canadian Way?

The February 28th edition of Coach’s Corner finds Don Cherry complaining about Alexander Ovechkin’s goal celebrations. Cherry wants to teach Canadian kids the “Canadian Way” so they don’t start acting like “those goofy soccer guys”. After showing some soccer goal celebrations, he compares them to Alexander Ovechkin. The segment ends with Cherry linking Ovechkin to Sean Avery.

“Enjoy” the clip:

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37 Responses to The Canadian Way?

  1. Shirl says:

    Yes. This is what I saw and was quite revolted by. By all means, let’s be horrible, boring, undemonstrative sticks in the mud who get applauded for beating the crap out of someone on the ice…that’s definitely a much better way to behave. (/sarcasm)

  2. xenophobe says:

    xen¬?o¬?phobe (zƒõn’…ô-f?çb’, zƒì’n…ô-) Pronunciation Key
    n. A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
    xen’o¬?pho’bi¬?a n., xen’o¬?pho’bic adj.

  3. Eric says:

    This is why I can only tolerate Don Cherry after consuming copious amounts of alcohol.

  4. Grooven says:

    Oddly the guy, according to his own footage, dresses like a soccer fan.
    If he wants a sport with no emotion, then it should be multi-fold and do away with celebrating of any sort including highfives at the bench; but also get rid of fights and fans — since they’re emotional too. (And would not that cutting defenseman be emotional?)
    I’m far from a fashion maven, and I find it really hard to take seriously a guy who regularly looks like a box of Crayolas vomited.
    And Malcolm McDowell called — he wants his beard back.

  5. mostholy2 says:

    It’s really disappointing that a commentator like Cherry will just make statements to basically encourage some defender to “cut him in-half” and call for OVie’s head because he wants to promote some sort of “Canadian Way” of celebrating in hockey and dislikes the abuse that Crosby has been taking lately.
    Far be it that casual fans see someone who actually takes pleasure in scoring and what he’s doing. It’s not like the NHL doesn’t need more excitement in the sport or need appeal outside of Canadians and Europeans.

  6. anonymous says:

    To “cut him in-half”: easier said than done. Occasionally I think Ovechkin’s celebrations are a little too much but that’s at most 1 time out of 10.
    Maybe the Canadian un-enthusiasm is why only San Jose, of the top 5 teams in the league, is led by a Canadian. Boston’s got Chara and Thomas, New Jersey Parise, Elias, and Langenbrunner (this season at least), and Detroit got their Swedes.

  7. Jay_K says:

    Up until now, I always thought Don Cherry was great for the game, this comes from left field, it just seems baseless and envious. I had no idea he was like that.

  8. james says:

    Quite hypocritical comments from a man who purposefully dresses loudly while every other analysis around him shows up to work in a conventional suit and tie.

  9. Mickey says:

    Cherry was basically suggesting that somebody should take Ovechkin out. The buzz he created with those words will very likely encourage some player to give it their best shot at some point. He essentially condoned it and made it sound like something that needs to be done.
    Even if most people disagree with Cherry’s viewpoint, there will also certainly be a group that agrees and some goon will try to endear himself to that group. The only question is whether anybody can actually take Ovechkin out. If he was able to return to the game after crashing into the boards the way he did in Boston, it’s going to take something otherwordly to do any real damage.

  10. Jessie says:

    if there’s someone that needs a good cutting-in-half by a large nhl defenseman, it’s cherry.

  11. HasTheVoice says:

    Don Cherry speaks his mind, eh? An apology would be in order – but I would not count on it. He was probably in a bad mood because the Caps beat his beloved Bruins.
    Please do the Sabres a favor and beat Florida Sunday and Carolina Tuesday.
    – Ralph Hass
    – MSG-TV imaging voice for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres
    The blog:

  12. Gustafsson says:

    He is an entertainer, no? Didn’t even think about his beloved Bruins loss. That along with his xenophobia explains that segment.

  13. hockee phan says:

    Don Cherry – stay away from my kids.
    I can’t believe Canadian tax dollars fund this crap.

  14. Johnny says:

    Well like it or not Canada is “America-lite” so I have no doubt they would not understand the emotion of a player that worked his way here with a gift and is on a team no one but a few die hard fans every really cared about and look what they have done and who they have become. Personally i dont want to watch robots on ice (maybe the next Disney production) as long as the players are not taunting the other team celebration is great. Why has the world reveled in the greatest goals ever scored but one guy complains when the kid (yeah OV is still a kid) that scored them reconizes and celebrates that feat. OV will always kiss that glove and offer it up to the sky because he knows he is watched over….

  15. miseaujeu says:

    How many views does the You Tube clip of Ovi’s ASG break away challenge have? (And what kind of reaction and how many votes did he get to win?) How many Ovi jerseys have been sold? Cherry’s comments are ignorant — the attitude is as outdated as most of the jerseys in his video.

  16. Gmann says:

    Wow. Typical Cherry but with a more subdued suit. Sickening to seemingly encourage injury to any player.

  17. Tom G. says:

    He really came across as an outright bigot in that piece. If he doesn’t like flashy celebrations, that’s fine. He could have expressed it in a much better way. If someone said something along these lines during a heavily watch sporting event on US National TV, someone or some group would be up in arms. Now don’t get me wrong – I think those sort of people (see Al Sharpton) are blowhards themselves, but this was so blatant and essentially encouraged physical harm just because he’s a foreigner that doesn’t play Hockey “like Canadians”.
    I know Don Cherry is known for his outrageous comments but I think this crosses the line, be it Ovechkin or not. I’ll be interested to see if this outburst leads to any repercussions.

  18. NS2NOVA says:

    Anybody think that if Ovechkin was born in North America that Cherry would be saying things like “He plays with his heart, goes all out all the time, is good for Hockey ….”
    Cherry is well known for a deep dislike for “Europeans” in the game. Listening to his rant later between games about how boring Detroit is to watch because of the large number of Europeans.
    The man is a hypocrite.
    He espouses the virtues of the North American style of hockey, yet in the same breath runs down one of the few Russian or European players in the league who plays the very same style of hockey.
    It’s hard to believe Don “Rock ’em Sock ’em” Cherry doesn’t like the way Ovie plays and celebrates. Even to the point of accusations of head hunting, taking runs at players and deliberate attempts to injure.
    In defending Crosby from the much deserved criticism about his lack of exciting play, his poor sportsmanship, and penchant for cheap shots of late, Cherry is further expanding his breadth for hypocrisy. This is the same man who called out Crosby for being a whiner. Called him out for showboating in the QMJHL. Called him out for having an uninteresting style of play. There is little affection for Crosby in Cherry’s past comments, but when the Anointed One is challenged by a “European”, Dapper Don is quick to speak out in his defense. Crosby will never be a Lady Byng winner.
    So lets add some other definitions to the list:
    hyp¬?o¬?crite Ààhi-p…ô-Àåkrit
    Function: noun
    1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
    2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
    in¬?san¬?i¬?ty in-Ààsa-n…ô-tƒì
    Function: noun
    1: a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)
    2: such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
    3 a: extreme folly or unreasonableness b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable

  19. Paul says:

    Canadian chauvinism regarding hockey is almost as old as the game itself. Canadians are great to poke fun at because they can be counted on to overreact to the most innocuous provocation.
    Which leads us to the great Ovechkin/Crosby debate. Sid the Kid is now suffering under ridiculous, unrealistic expectations from a nation that grates under the thought that other nations play their game just as well as they do (kind of like the way Americans remain blind to the thought that great basketball players can come from other countries). Don Cherry throws a little red meat to all the Canadians hungry for some attention and gratification, and the best he can come up with is a dislike for a goal celebration?
    Saying that Ovechkin needs to be “gotten” by some defenseman (presumably a nice, clean-cut Canadian boy) as a way of defending Canada’s honorable traditions is beneath contempt.
    What a sad, grumpy old man Cherry has become.

  20. EP says:

    Whenever I see Don Cherry I feel seriously ashamed to be Canadian….

  21. Bucky Katt says:

    Lot of yackity yack from a guy who makes Bozo the Clown look like a staid dresser.
    I think poster #2 “Xenophobe” had it right..all you had to do was listen to Cherry rant about the Red Wings and their “European” style of play.
    Puck Daddy had an intersting article on Ilya Kovalchuck’s response to Sid the Kid’s whining:,144703&cp=2
    Makes me wonder if the Russians will be loaded for bear at the 2010 Olympics if they meet the Canadians.

  22. Jord says:

    Paul, you are full of crap, man. Don’t lump all Canadians in with Cherry. For starters, everybody knows that the guy is full of [it]. There is no “North American” way of playing, we’ve got skill guys and grinders, just like the rest of the world has skill guys and grinders. Plus, I’ve never met a single (that’s right, not a one) person who dislikes AO. Frankly, right now, I’d say most Canadians think that Ovechkin is better than Crosby (which he is).
    Really, Cherry is just a loudmouth who is more tradition than substance. I don’t feel ashamed to be Canadian when I see Cherry (I feel ashamed to be Canadian for a million other reasons), cause he doesn’t represent the attitudes of most people.

  23. J.P. says:

    How many of those Ovechkin celebrations look remarkably similar to this one ( from the day before Sid made his comments? The layers of absurdity here are too many to count.

  24. Gustafsson says:

    Excellent point, JP. Well done!

  25. Jim says:

    check out for a good insight.

  26. Bill Nixon says:

    Crosby scores into an empty net and celebrates like that? No comparison with Ovie.
    Wonder what Cherry thinks of Canadians Green or Laich who also celebrate like Ovie.

  27. Junior says:

    Don’t lump all Canadians into Don Cherry’s bigoted corner.
    I think most Canadians – the vast majority in fact – think Ovechkin is the better and more complete player at this point.
    Cherry, as usual, misses the point of Ovie’s celebrations. The reason fans from all countries love Ovie is that he is a gifted talent who acts like a man-child out there; it’s like watching a twelve year old with this phenomenal gift being incredibly excited every time he scores a goal because OH MY GOD I DID THIS IN THE NHL! It’s authentic and it resonates with all of us because it’s unfiltered, it’s real and it’s pure. Ovie’s celebrations are also only about his exultation – he doesn’t go into an NFL-like taunting routine – his celebrations are about his joy of success rather than reveling in the failure of his opponent. They don’t come off as theatrical or scripted, and – far from annoying people – this is a large part of what most people love about Ovie, as they are a way to share in his joy. It’s how he connects to people.
    I have never heard anyone heard about soccer celebrations – it’s the phony diving in European football that we need to avoid incorporating in our game.
    In summary: Don Cherry would have difficulty finding his arse with a flashlight and a map; please don’t blame Canada for him.

  28. Anonymous says:

    So… he’s against players celebrating and thus pumping up their teammates and fans… but he’s FOR somebody taking a run at, and consequently injuring, the player who does said celebrating?

  29. odessa steps magazine says:

    Well, I enjoy Cherry’s schtick and don’t take it too seriously.
    I’m not going to criticize him for suddenly directing his ire at a player I like.
    that said, yes, he’s clearly xenophobic and most of the other things people have likely called him in this thread.
    Were folks criticizing him when he talked about how the Caps were such a classy dressing team and not “thugs” like the Sens, from that one coach’s corner a few months ago?

  30. obxpalma says:

    Spot on assessment. Probably practice for this segment looking in the mirror.

  31. obxpalma says:

    Where was Cherry when his “Champion of the Canadian way Crosby” kamakazi on a faceoff or tries to nut someone from behind? Must be the Cherry way.

  32. Darrin says:

    Meanwhile, you’ve got a guy who looks like a nut-case bashing a player whom he calls a “goof” just because he has passion for the sport that they both supposedly love so much.
    Cherry is a moron and he needs to stop riding Crosby’s coattails.
    Just admit it Cherry, Alexander Ovechkin is the best player in the game. Yes, he’s better than your little love-child Crosby.

  33. Heather B. says:

    That Crosby celebration came on the go-ahead goal near the end of a game that the Pens needed to win and still wasn’t nearly to the extent that Ovechkin’s celebrations are. (And no, I am not a Pens fan. I’d be delighted if they miss the playoffs.) Context is everything. It’s one thing to celebrate endlessly in the scenario above and it’s another thing to celebrate endlessly when you’ve scored the 6th goal in a 6-1 win against Atlanta. I know it’s hard to imagine but some people DO find Ovechkin’s celebrations to be charmless and excessive showboating.
    I mean, Don Cherry is a total idiot but everyone here is totally misrepresenting what he said. He did not say someone should take a run at Ovechkin. He said he hates the endless celebrating and someone is going to take offense to it eventually. That’s a little different.

  34. Coach Cherry is out of line.
    Many Canadians like Craig Laughlin say things like “he’s old school” when he says stuff like this and pushes “the Canadian Way.” After hearing him rail against Ovechkin and Datsuyk last night while praising Sidney Crosby it’s clear he’s just a xenophobic pro-Canadian, anti-European guy who is full of “sour grapes” now so many non-Canadians are becoming stars in the NHL.
    Folks should wake up, the things Cherry rails against that most “old school hockey folks” agree with is because of the “new Gary Bettman influenced NHL.” The rest of it is just rancid, toxic, biggoted dribble.
    Most networks would take steps to curb his outrageous, biggoted talk, even from an icon.
    LETS GO CAPS!!!!!

  35. JRGAL331 says:

    Amazing… is Cherry involved in some consiparacy with NBC. After all, he obviously wants to sleep with Crosby just like the NBC execs who keep picking the Pens, a team outside the playoff bubble, for their Game of the Week. Most of the clips he show of Ovie’s goals were from his rookie and sophomore years. Get an updated highlight reel.
    He’s scored 45 times this year and Cherry’s just pissed it’s not someone from North America like his boyfriend Sid.
    Here’s to the CAPS and Ovie who’s brought the sport back to the forefront in DC!

  36. Patrick says:

    As a Canadian, and a Capitals fan, I am disappointed with Don for these comments. Please do not lump us all in the same group with him. Are we all a little jealous that the best offensive player in the league isn’t from Canada, yeah. Luckily, we have the most offensive analyst! You can’t deny either guy’s passion for the game. I hope Cherry’s prognostication is inaccurate because the game cannot afford to lose it’s most flashy player.

  37. Jessie says:

    you can’t be serious-
    in the same segment, he showed obvious dislike for “those goofy soccer guys” saying “we don’t want our canadian fellas” to act like them. come ON, this is some OBVIOUS malintent here!
    and if you want to take cherry’s comments “in context,” then you need to look at ovi’s celebrations in the same way: he does not discriminate; he celebrates EVERY time because he loves what he’s doing whether his team is winning or losing, and because he knows he owes it to the fans, who are the reason he’s getting that huge steady paycheck.
    cherry takes ovi’s actions and uses them to try (“try” being the operative word there) to back up his ludicrous xenophobic ideals while ignoring ovi’s reason for doing them: he loves the sport, the team, and the fans. i’m pretty sure there could not be more honorable motivation.

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