Don Cherry’s black and white circles

For your viewing pleasure—and hoping it doesn’t burn indelible marks into your retinas—I give you Don Cherry’s latest horrendous getup:

Don Cherry on Coach's Corner, 18 May 2008

Also, one note: Don was exactly right in what he said about Canada’s 5-4 overtime loss to Russia in the IIHF men’s gold medal game. Canada took a delay of game penalty early in OT which lead to the power play on which Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-winning goal for Russia. It is absolutely ridiculous to give teams a penalty when they toss the puck over the glass from their own zone, especially when they are simply trying to clear it and it rolls on the ice or takes a strange hop or something. I remember thinking this when the rule was introduced, and Don Cherry and I—gasp—agree here. If I were Team Canada and that had happened to Russia, I wouldn’t want to win that way. It’s an awful rule that needs to be seriously revisited. (Also, someone needs to take a look at the officiating in the IIHF tournament—there were several questionable calls and quite a lot of missed calls in this game and throughout the tournament, especially a blatant too-many-men call that should have gone against the Russians.)

But all this notwithstanding, the game was a classic, and congratulations to Russia on an historic gold medal. We’re still #1 going into the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. And Don Cherry is still #1 in horrible fashion choices.

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