Ron and Don: Duck-tossing incidents in Nashville not OK

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss how close the NHL playoffs are this year, the Memorial Cup, Ryan Johansen’s dog, and how the Pittsburgh Penguins manage to play with five defencemen.

Don Cherry isn’t impressed with the handful of fans who’ve been sneaking real ducks into Bridgestone Arena during the Nashville Predators‘ third-round playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks.

In Game 3, for instance, a fan tossed a plucked duck onto the ice. In Game 4 a duck with its feathers intact was hurled onto the ice.

While hockey has a tradition of fans sneaking dead animals into arenas, Cherry thinks some people are taking it too far.

“That is a real live Mallard duck,” Cherry said during a segment of Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada.

“I supposed everybody thinks it’s funny,” he added.

In the grander scheme of things, Cherry said, is some people may think all those dead ducks might not be worth worrying about, but Cherry explained that he saw a difference between tossing a dead duck and tossing, say, an octopus.

“I know there’s duck hunters and all that, that’s OK, duck hunters, they have an even chance,” he said. “And you’re gonna say, ‘Well yeah, Cherry, you had the octopus.’ Okay, but that octopus, we got it from a fish market, it was already dead.”

The bottom line, according to Cherry? The ducks in question died specifically so that fans could troll a rival team.

“For somebody to go out and kill a beautiful Mallard like that for people to entertain, I don’t think it’s good,” he said.


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