The best dressed man in sports is once again speaking out about violence and injuries in the game of professional hockey. Canada’s National Hockey Treasure, Donald S. “Grapes” Cherry of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, decried the Sidney Crosby injury at the hands of Matt Niskanen which occurred on the May 1 playoff game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals.
On his regular Coach’s Corner broadcast, Cherry recalled star players from the 1970s and 80s, including ones he coached, and argued that in his day, anyone who “messed with a star” was taught a lesson and never did it again. He cited NHL stars from the past, as he has before, who NEVER faced the abuse that players today like Crosby face.
It’s about time NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his staff took this seriously and realized the failure of the instigator rule, because the greatest player in the game today could have his career destroyed because of these kinds of hits. Grapes has been consistent on this for decades. Hopefully more of Sid the Kid to come.