Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I'm not exactly sure why ESPN suddenly thinks that Hockey is worth all of this attention, but according to the Globe and Mail they're adding Don Cherry to their Playoff coverage.
"I guess they like my jackets," the Hockey Night in Canada personality said yesterday.I personally love the guy and thought he did a great job on NBC last year. I hope they could get him and Barry Melrose in the studio together at some point. That would be a show.
Cherry and Hockey Night host Ron MacLean will leave the CBC's Toronto studio for the road to cover the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series, which will start on Friday. Cherry will do live hits by remote for ESPN's SportsCentre at the end of each Flyers-Penguins game.
"When I'm finished with the wrap-up on Hockey Night, I'll do the ESPN spot," Cherry said. "Sherali [Najak, the executive producer of Hockey Night ] will help set it up for me."
Cherry has plenty of critics, but ESPN's move to hire the Canadian-based commentator speaks to his popularity and profile among NHL fans on both sides of the border.
America, Prepare to Be Blinded by Don Cherry (Fanhouse)
ESPN adds Cherry to beef up NHL playoff coverage (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:06 AM