Last night I sat comfortably in front of the television watching “Hockey Night in Canada” on the NHL Network (It is actually broadcast on Canada’s CBC television network). The Toronto Maple Leafs were playing the Buffalo Sabres in a Northeast Divisional matchup. For anyone who does not follow hockey, the game is broken into three 20-minute periods. Between each period there is an intermission where the players can regroup and the Zamboni machine can resurface the ice.
CBC airs a segment during the first intermission called “Coaches Corner.” In this segment coach Don Cherry and CBC Sports commentator Don Maclean will discuss the games in progress and any other hockey related topics. Anyone watching “Coaches Corner” will have a few surprises thrown their way. The first thing that comes on the screen is the suit Don Cherry wears. His wardrobe will stand out in a way that cannot be ignored no matter how much the effort. Here are examples of his wardrobe.
Need I say more about his dress . Don does not stop there. He is a man who has no fear in expressing his opinions on anything hockey related. He can give heaps of praise or criticize in the strongest terms. Ron Maclean is there to keep the segment moving along and help keep Don in check.
Last night’s “Coaches Corner” dedicated its entire segment to remember those who have given their lives so that Canadians can enjoy their freedom. Men who played professional hockey and then answered the call to duty were featured. There is video of Don in France paying respects to fallen Canadians from World War One. The final segment gives respect to Canadians who have given their lives in the current conflict in Afghanistan. To view this segment, go to one of the following sites below
I found this edition of “Coaches Corner” to be very moving. November 11th is the day we set aside to remember all the men and women who have left their homes and families, sacrificed their livelihood, and even their own lives. They sacrificed for something larger than themselves. The freedom we enjoy is the result of their actions.
November 11th is an international holiday. To read more about this special day, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day.
Let us never forget those who made the sacrifice so that we may be free. As an American, i will remember not only our fallen, but those from our friends around the world including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, and New Zealand to name a few.
To watch the segment of “Coaches Corner” from November 6th, 2010, go to one of the following links: