If you didn’t already know, Don Cherry is a big believer in using local talent to build a hockey team.
During Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, Cherry referenced Sportsnet’s feature The Greatest Hockey Factory in the World that examined the success of the Modo hockey club based out of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. Over the years, that city and program has produced NHL stars such as Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Victor Hedman and the Sedin twins among others.
“They take a lot of pride in trying to produce their own players,” Henrik Sedin said of Modo. “In a lot of pro sports you buy foreign players from other countries, but up there they want to try to get their own players from their own city.”
Cherry feels that type of system can lead to a better hockey team and increased success for Canadian teams.
“You want Canadian players to play for Canadian [teams],” said Cherry whose jacket was adorned with, well, cherries. “I’m right and so is Henrik.”