The National Hockey League is where you go to see the game played at its highest and most professional level.
As such, according to Don Cherry, it’s not under any circumstances a kid’s game.
Therefore, when Cherry sees the Carolina Hurricanes celebrating after games with Viking Claps or Jose Bautista bat flips, it leaves him more than a little bit hot underneath the collar.
“These guys to me are jerks,” Cherry said of the Hurricanes antics during his Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday. “And I’ll tell you one thing, they better not do this in the playoffs. This is a joke.”
At 85-years-old and not having coached in the NHL since 1980, it’s likely that Cherry has little understanding of the modern athlete and how they behave. Consequently, when seeing what the Hurricanes have been up to this season is something he probably will never understand the appeal of.
“Young men expressing themselves for joy of winning,” he said in dripping sarcasm before raising his voice. “You don’t do this thing in the National Hockey League. This is professional hockey. Are these guys jerks or something?
“If you want to do it, do it before, but that is absolutely ridiculous.”