There is a new group Hockey Fans For Peace, asking that Don Cherry tone down his pro-war stance on Hockey Night in Canada.
A newly formed Vancouver-based group is challenging Don Cherry to a debate on Coach’s Corner to offset criticism that the fiery commentator is using Hockey Night in Canada to promote militarism and the war in Afghanistan. Hockey Fans for Peace plans to rally outside the HNIC broadcast of Saturday night’s Vancouver Canucks game against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to make the point that hockey fans have the democratic right to speak out against the war in Afghanistan.I admire him for announcing the names of fallen soldiers and he keeps them in our hearts and minds, but he should also, if he's going down that road, question why they are there and what they are dying for.
Spokesman Kimball Cariou said Wednesday the group is calling on the CBC “to either stop the promotion of militarism during hockey broadcasts, or else to allow one of its members to debate Cherry during an upcoming Coach’s Corner.” Hockey fan and peace activist Derrick O’Keefe agrees. “It’s something that’s bothered me for a lot of years that Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner has been used to really give a one-sided platform to talk about the war only in full support,” said O’Keefe, a member of the group’s Facebook page. “And when Don Cherry makes political comments during the hockey broadcast he’s never challenged.”
That would be a far better initiative than simply becoming an armchair warrior.