Don Cherry, who does his “Coach’s Corner” on Hockey Night In Canada, couldn’t have had a worse take when it came to the New York Islanders fans.
It should really come as no surprise but Don Cherry, of Hockey Night In Canada, spouted off an awful take when it comes to New York Islanders fans and their treatment of John Tavares in his return. That’s not his only awful take this year.
Cherry has been extremely critical of the Carolina Hurricanes post-game celebrations, calling them “a bunch of jerks.” The Hurricanes luckily have a pretty good sense of humor about it and made t-shirts with the phrase “bunch of jerks” plastered on it.
Don Cherry represents the old guard, where having fun in hockey is bad unless it’s two guys punching each other in the head until one of them develops CTE, only then can the sport be fun. So when he commented on the Tavares situation it’s no surprise that he didn’t care for how Islanders fans acted.
First, he was straight up wrong. He gave out wrong information on the air saying that the Islanders got 17,000 in attendance for the Tavares game. It was, in fact, a sellout with 13,917 people in attendance.
According to Eric Hornick, the only time the Islanders played a home game with at least 17,000 seats was when they played at Yankee Stadium during the Stadium Series in 2014. The old Coliseum had a capacity of 16,300.
The game against the Capitals the following night was another sellout at 13,917. So both games were a sellout and a lot closer to 14,000 than 13,000 but nonetheless, the point remains the same that Cherry is clearly wrong.
In not so surprising fashion, the two Canadian Media Talking Heads thought the Islanders fans went too far. It’s incredible to me how few people understand that Isles fans aren’t upset that he left they’re upset at how it all went down.
Don Cherry and Sean Avery share the same opinion with how Thursday night went down. If you were on the fence about how you felt hopefully that sways your decision.