Apparently Don Cherry hates the fact that 16-year-old QMJHL superstar rookie Sidney Crosby is havng fun playing hockey. By now all the hockey folks have heard about Crosby's flashy behind-the-net lacrosse-like goal. ESPN has been showing it, so I'm sure TSN, the Score and Sportsnet have been showing it while I was gone too. Well, it seems Don Cherry took Crosby to task on Coach's Corner Saturday night (available in RealOne- the clip is at the 5:30 mark or so of the Nov 29 episode).
What did Don have to say? "I like the kid, but I've seen him now after some goals, and he's doing stuff, he's sliding on his stomach....he's hotdogging..." blah, blah, blah. Watch the clip, which also shows the goal.
So on the one hand you have Cherry complain that Canadian kids are playing a skill game, aren't being creative, and the fun is being sucked out of hockey by coaches teaching systems rather than skill while on the other hand he can't stand the fact that a 16 year-old kid taking the QMJHL by storm is actually having fun. Gretzky used to put pucks in off the backs of goalies' heads, pads or whatever. Noboy complained about him hotdogging. give the KID a break. I'm as old school as anyone, but I think it's getting to the point where we need guys that get excited and celebrate after every goal, no matter how meaningless it is. Bring the fun back to the game. Pro sports are part of the entertainment industry aren't they? So why are people complaining when guys like Sidney Crosby, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jaromir Jagr actually have fun putting on a show for the fans?
I used to be a huge Don Cherry fan. Last year he really started bugging me, but last week pretty much killed Coach's Corner for me. If Cherry hated that goal that much his view of hockey and mine are so out of sync there's no point in watching him anymore.