Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Cherry to make U.S. debut on NBC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Don Cherry is bringing his loud mouth and louder outfits south of the border.
The outspoken former coach of the Boston Bruins, who has been a fixture on CBC's "Hockey Night In Canada' telecasts for more than 25 years, will make his U.S. broadcasting debut as part of NBC's Stanley Cup playoff telecasts, the network announced Tuesday.
"A lot of people have written that what I say up here I would never get away with it down in the States," said Cherry, the Bruins' coach from the 1974-75 season until the 1978-79 campaign. "I'll just go on and do what I have to do.
"In the States, they wanted me to go on one time in Pittsburgh. Jaromir Jagr, it was when he had long hair and he was with Mario Lemieux and I said, 'There's Mario and his daughter.' It didn't go over too good. That was my last time in the States."
Cherry will be teamed with Brett Hull, the never-shy former player who is in his first season with NBC.
"Better get some plaids," Cherry said.
Hull will also to contribute to CBC's coverage in Canada.
"He tells it like it is," Hull said of Cherry. "If they did it on a regular basis, he would be just as popular down here as he is up there. Part of the thing that's missing, not with just hockey, but in all coverage in the American sports world, is some personality. I think that's why you see a guy like Terry Bradshaw, as popular as he is.
"He's not just Mr. P.C., going, 'That was a nice catch and throw."'
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