… that when Don Cherry was brought in as a guest commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, he was rejected by CBC executives for his poor grammar?
—Wayne Gretzky’s Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey by Roy MacGregor
Excerpt from Wayne Gretzky’s Ghost:
When the stumbling Colorado Rockies fired him, Cherry stumbled into a new career when Molson Breweries began lining him up for banquets. He was a hit and soon Ralph Mellanby, who was then producing Hockey Night in Canada, began bringing Cherry on between periods to comment and entertain. The fans instantly fell in love, but Cherry was not an easy sell in the corporate offices of the CBC, where the new commentator was instantly under fire for his characteristic mangling of the English language. Read more.
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