Rick Rypien

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Turning My Coat For Don Cherry

By now, I'm sure you've all heard about Don Cherry's rant on Hockey Night in Canada on opening night. On his staple "Coach's Corner" segment between the first and second periods of the Leafs and Habs season opener, Cherry ripped into the apparent "turncoats" that have recently come out, in some form or another, against fighting in the league, not coincidentally following the deaths of three active players known more for their fisticuffs than their hockey skills.

Any death in our sport, whether it's suicidal, accidental, homicidal, plane related, or what have you, is tragic. These three players may have had t...