Tales of Truth: Don Cherry, Violence and the Modern Fan

Patrick Johnston
October 10 2011 09:58PM

Kids imitate what they see. Jon Roy's dad did this too.
Photo: Roger Gagnon/West Island Gazette

'Tales of Truth' is a new weekly column written by Patrick Johnston. The column will focus each week on a narrative which has cropped up. Patrick will go at the narrative from all angles, with the hope that the truth will be exposed...

So Don Cherry thinks we are all wimps, eh? He says that if we don't like fighting, or borderline checks or other acts of reckless violence, we should just suck it up.

You know what, Don? You should suck it up. To clean up the game means accepting a few things - that there are going to be some brutish suspensions to begin with. There are going to be players and managers who are unhappy. Some 'good guys' are going to be out of the game. Instilling responsibility in players for their hits, just as we try to do for their sticks, is appropriate and the game will be better for it.

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You Know What I Hate?!

Cam Davie
October 10 2011 12:59PM

He's angry and so am I.

Today is the debut of a new weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

In this week's debut, I rage on icing rules, Cooke apologists and everyone's "favourite" CBC employee.

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Game #2 Preview: Canucks Attempt to Turn Down BJs

Thomas Drance
October 10 2011 12:54PM

Schneider gets the start for as the Canucks look for their first win of the season.

Game-Day Recon for Game #2 Canucks @ BlueJackets

The Canucks roll into Columbus having tied their first game of the year against Pittsburgh (and lost in the skill-contest). The team was great in the last twenty-five minutes on Thursday night, and will hopefully string together a solid effort for a full sixty on the road this afternoon. Columbus looks to avoid losing three games in a row to begin the season, so expect them to be a desperate squad (or, as desperate as a squad can be in the first week).

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October 08 2011 03:30PM


The 2011-12 NHL season is officially underway and there is a whole bunch of good this week on NationRadio to celebrate. Former Oiler Sean Brown chats with Lowetide as does Timo Seppa - Managing Editor of Hockey Prospectus, Thomas Drance from CanucksArmy, Oil Kings play by play man Corey Graham and finally Matt Bugg from Dobber Hockey.

This is NationRadio.

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11/12 NW Preview: Vancouver Canucks

Kent Wilson
October 07 2011 05:07PM



10/11 finish: 117 points, First overall

Playoffs: Game 7 heartbreak

Key Players: Sedins X2, Kesler, Malhotra, Hamhuis, Luongo

Additions: Sturm, Weise, Bitz, Ebbett,

Subtractions: Ehrhoff, Glass, Torres

Cap Position: About $1.3 Left

Projected finish: top three in the conference

Last season was a play of three acts for the Canucks. The first act, the regular season, was mostly comedy in which the Canucks ran roughshod over their opponents and their fanbse further cemented themselves the least favored in the league. The second, the playoffs, was more tragedy where despite being heavy favorites the club once again failed to grab the ultimate prize, falling in seven games to the upstart Boston Bruins. And finally, there was the game seven riots; a farce if there ever was one.

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