Ron Maclean Finally Reveals His Thoughts on Don Cherry

Published August 20, 2023 at 7:20 PM

The End of an Era


In November, it will mark four years since the departure of Don Cherry and Coach's Corner from Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday night lineup. Coach's Corner had been a fixture in Canadian hockey households for decades.

Maclean Speaks


Recently, Ron Maclean, one half of the iconic duo, has chosen to break his silence and discuss the circumstances that lead to the end of the show. He reflects on the changes that have taken place and acknowledges that Coach's Corner would likely have come to a natural conclusion soon regardless of what happened.

"Grapes was good at reaching his viewer and knowing what they wanted — expert at that — but we are held to a different metric or standard now, and I don't know if we could have made it much longer, MacLean said on the podcast. So I'm glad Don went out and people aren't that mad at him for what he said. They should be — don't ever get me wrong. You can't project an attitude on people just because of where they're from. We were so wrong, and it just needed an apology and it would have been gone; we would have been onward and upward. But people aren't that angry about it. It wasn't the worst thing that's ever been said in the history of humanity, so he kind of went out on top and people miss him and I think that's kind of a nice way to be."

Maclean's explanation here may not sit well with everyone, but he's addressing the incident in a way that he believes is right. Despite that, Don Cherry remains a cherished national figure, and some feel that Maclean turning away from his longtime co-host and friend was a regrettable decision.

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