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Don Cherry and Sportsnet part ways following divisive remarks on weekend broadcast

A statement from the broadcaster's president outlines a Monday meeting with Cherry, where both sides decided now was the time to split.
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Don Cherry coaches his team at the top prospects game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at the Sleeman Centre. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry has appeared on Hockey Night In Canada's Coach's Corner for the last time.

He and Sportsnet have decided to immediately part ways after divisive comments by the 85-year-old on Saturday's broadcast.

Cherry seemingly singled out new immigrants in Toronto and Mississauga on-air, for not honouring Canada's veterans and dead soldiers.

"You people... you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that," Cherry said on Saturday's edition of Coach's Corner. "These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price."

Sportsnet Presidents Bart Yabsley apologized for Cherry's comments on Sunday, but released the following statement, Monday:

"Sports brings people together -- it unites us, not divides us. Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night's broadcast, it has been decided that it is the right time for him to immediately step down. During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.

Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game over the past 40 years. We would like to thank Don for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada." 

Cherry has been on Coach’s Corner since 1982 when the program was first started on CBC.

Coach’s Corner joined Sportsnet’s NHL coverage after Rogers acquired the NHL television rights in 2014.


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