GRAPES LOVES TO FIGHT, BUT ALSO LOVES TO LOVE: Don Cherry loves a good fight, and the National Hockey League has taken notice. According to AOL SPORTS BLOG, players will now get five strikes ’till suspension, instead of the current three.
Don has never been one to keep his feelings to himself. But his tell-it-like-it-is approach have won the hearts of his fellow Canucks - In a 2004 poll, Grapes was named 7th Greatest Canadian of all time, ranking ahead of Wayne Gretzky.
However, Cherry also has his tender side, as shown in this clip from a 1992 Canadian talk show, where he gets a visit from Kids In The Hall member Scott Thompson:
The openly-gay comedian shows his support with the openly-mouthed commentator when it comes to Canada’s sport. For one, he loves it when the gloves come off:
Thompson: “I am in your camp, sir. I love the violence in hockey!”
Cherry: “Well, when you start talkin’ love, I’m in trouble, I’ll tell ya that!”
Like Cherry, Thompson also blames the decrease in NHL fights on Europeans - a similar situation he sees when he’s out and about:
“We’re having the exact same problem in the gay community right now. Whenever a brawl breaks out in a bar, all the Europeans are in the corner, saying ‘Don’t hit me! Don’t hit me!’, while the Canadians are out there slugging away!”
But eventually, the conversation nears its end with a sweet embrace. (Awwwwww.)
Good to see that Don’s comfortable enough with himself not to worry about a ‘fag out’.