HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

Post by Lori Iannami » Sat, 14 Aug 1993 04:28:54


According to today's Post-Gazette:

Don Cherry, bowing to the wishes of his superiors at "Hockey Night
in Canada", has turned down KBL's offer to do a Pittsburgh version
of "Coach's Corner" on a once a week basis.

According to the PG, Cherry and KBL had agreed upon terms, and KBL
was even willing to provide Cherry with the services of a Lear
jet(To fly him to Pgh and back to Canada before midnight.  I
guess that's when he turns back into a pumpkin...).  But the
executives at HNiC requested he turn down the deal.

"They prefer I didn't do it," said Cherry.  "I've been with them
for 10 years now, and I kind of respect their wishes."

"I'd like to come down and have some fun, but I think [HNiC] just
wanted to keep me exclusive.  I said OK.  For now."

George Pryor, KBL's executive producer of Penguins' telecasts said,
"We're extremely disappointed, but "Hockey Night in Canada" is his
(Cherry's) bread and butter.  But you never know.  In this business,
things change often."
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Pens' 1990 sixth round draft pick Ian Moran has made the US Olympic
team.  Moran, at 175lbs. 5-11 defenseman, plays for Boston College.

The rumor mill is churning again, this time in regard to Kevin
Stevens.  It seems his surgery did not go as well as reported,
and Stevens is not recovering as well as expected.  He's having
a great deal of difficulty breathing through his nose, and
doctors have advised him that more surgery would be required to
correct it.  It also is rumored that doctors have advised Stevens
to quit hockey, because another blow to the face/head could result
in a life-threatening injury.

As I said, this is a rumor.  I've seen nothing in the official
media regarding Stevens, other than the interview he granted a
few months ago.

Lori
Contact for the Penguins

 
 
 

HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

Post by Richard J Coy » Sat, 14 Aug 1993 09:04:47

Quote:

>The rumor mill is churning again, this time in regard to Kevin
>Stevens.  It seems his surgery did not go as well as reported,
>and Stevens is not recovering as well as expected.  He's having
>a great deal of difficulty breathing through his nose, and
>doctors have advised him that more surgery would be required to
>correct it.  It also is rumored that doctors have advised Stevens
>to quit hockey, because another blow to the face/head could result
>in a life-threatening injury.

Funny, but judging from the way he played from January or so until they
were eliminated, I thought he HAD quit.  Note lack of smileys.

Wouldn't it be ironic if this guy had to quit because of an injury he
sustained while throwing his first check in 3-4 months??  No wonder he
never hit anybody.

rick

 
 
 

HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

Post by Stephen Grivn » Sat, 14 Aug 1993 09:55:20

        THANK GOD CHERRY IS NOT COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        As for Stevens, I unfortuneatly heard the same thing, but
I think he'll try to come back anyhow.

 
 
 

HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

Post by Michael Collingrid » Sun, 15 Aug 1993 04:23:48

Quote:

>    THANK GOD CHERRY IS NOT COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        WHAT'S WRONG WITH CHERRY PITTS??????????????????

<PpttthhhhH>

MC

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HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

Post by Oliver T » Tue, 17 Aug 1993 02:07:04

Quote:

>George Pryor, KBL's executive producer of Penguins' telecasts said,
>"We're extremely disappointed, but "Hockey Night in Canada" is his
>(Cherry's) bread and butter.  But you never know.  In this business,
>things change often."

 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
_The_Hockey_News reported some time last season that Molson's TV rights
to all 8 Canada-based NHL teams will end after the 1994 season (Molson,
the Canadian brewery, owns the Canadian TV rights to all 8 Canada-Based
NHL teams and is the title sponsor of "Molson Hockey Night in Canada on CBC".
Molson also owns Le Club du Hockey Canadien.)  Some of the
owners are reluctant to sign over the TV rights to Molson again.  If the
owners go their separate ways after 1994, then Hockey Night in Canada
may disappear.  If that happens, then Cherry can take his xenophobic
and controversial act to the highest bidder on either side of the border.

For those hockey fans in the US not familiar with Don Cherry:  Cherry,
former head coach of the Boston Bruins and a "career minor-leaguer",
is probably the most controversial TV personality in Canada.  
_Sports_Illustrated did a story on Cherry and his act earlier this year
to illustrate Cherry's act to US readers.  Cherry's "shtick" is to
constantly complain that the European imports to the NHL do not possess
the "manly" qualities needed for the physical style of play.  Cherry's
favourite target has been the Pittsburgh Penguins:  he said the following
on HNIC 1) "Will someone please break Ulfy Samuelsson's leg for me?"
and 2) "Jaromir Jagr is everything that is wrong with the NHL."
Cherry is an outspoken critic of #66 as well.  Cherry also has no love
for LA Kings head coach Barry Melrose, as Cherry called Melrose "a *** ass"
on HNIC during the playoffs.

Cherry's 5-minute "Coach's Corner" on HNIC is wildly popular with many
Canadians regardless of native tongue:  in Montreal, viewership of
SRC's "La Soiree du Hockey" drops by 80% while viewership of
CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" rises by about the same amount during
the first intermission.  This statistic, quoted in the piece on SI,
shows that French-speaking Canadians want to watch Cherry's act as well.

Cherry showed that he was a loose cannon even before his first broadcast
on HNIC.  Ron MacLean, the host of HNIC (also bench-reporter
for NBC during the 1993 NHL All-Star Game), told the following story to SI of
Cherry's first broadcast on HNIC from Montreal in 1983:  as the director
started the countdown to air-time in French "Dix, neuf, huit...", Cherry
chewed out the director:  "What is this einz-freinz stuff?  This is
an ENGLISH broadcast!  ENGLISH!"  The director had to start over: "Ten, nine,
eight..."

It's too bad that I live about 30 miles too far south to get CBC on cable.
I would love to see Cherry make a fool of himself every week.  I wonder
where Cherry will surface if HNIC disappears after 1994.

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HNiC nixes Cherry/Pens deal, Pens news

Post by Oliver T » Tue, 17 Aug 1993 21:56:52

Quote:

>Cherry also has no love for LA Kings head coach Barry Melrose,
>as Cherry called Melrose "a *** ass" on HNIC during the playoffs.

                             ^^^^^

for pointing this out.

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