Since the announcement of Canada’s men’s hockey team on Jan. 7, the debate has raged on over which players were among the biggest snubs. On Monday, Don Cherry put in his two cents.
"(Brent) Seabrook, I don’t understand it," Cherry said on Prime Time Sports, joining Bob McCown and Damien Cox in studio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "I mean, it boggles my mind."
A member of Canada’s gold-medal squad in Vancouver, Seabrook ranks fourth among NHL defencemen this season with a plus-22 rating and ninth in points (33). That’s more than Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Jay Bouwmeester and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, all of whom were named to Team Canada heading to Sochi next month. Beyond that, Seabrook and linemate Duncan Keith make up one of the NHL’s best defensive pairings.
"He’s got more goals than Keith…they both work together the whole time and he’s got more assists than Doughty," Cherry said. "So figure that one out."
In an interview that covered everything from actor Rory Calhoun to Cherry’s time as a player in the NHL, the Hockey Night in Canada host also weighed in on the current state of the league. When asked if there was anything about the game that he doesn’t like, Cherry was quick to respond.
"The instigator rule. Think of Gretzky. Think of Bossy. Think of Yzerman. They were all protected. They never were worried about cheap shots," Cherry said. "All I’m saying is that we protected the stars back then. That’s the thing we protected. With the instigator rule…it’s been open season on the stars ever since."
Check out the full conversation, in two parts, below: