For those of us who remember the financial problems surrounding the Bryden years, Cherry accepted the honourary chairman post on the Hockey Is Canadian task force that fought to keep Canadian teams in Canada … particularly the Senators.
So Cherry has shown a lot of support for Ottawa hockey. As a reporter, I found Cherry very accommodating and accessible when it came to interviews. Despite his television persona, Cherry in person is a hell of a nice guy. He’s the kind of person with whom you would like to go for a beer with on Saturday except he works those nights.
But Cherry doesn’t like the #melnykout campaign. Melnyk has poured at least $100 million of pocket change into the team to keep it operating. And he has been very good about paying competitive salaries to a team that has got to the finals once under his stewardship and was a shot away from those finals last year. He has put solid teams on the ice.
And for this, Melnyk gets #melnykout. Not good.
Here’s Cherry from last Saturday:
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