Don Cherry was troubled.
It was late January 2009. Wearing a pink sport coat that made him resemble a flamingo impersonating a maître d'hôtel, Canada's most famous hockey commentator focused his ire on the NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition in Montreal that weekend; specifically, on the "Breakaway Challenge" trick-shooting contest that only saw five pucks actually enter the net.
"Look, here's the thing," Cherry bristled, "I suggested last year we get [former NHL goalies] Kelly Hrudey [or] Darren Pang or John Garrett. We get somebody in there that'll go along with it. What do they do? They go out and get a Junior B goaltender who lives here in Montreal — Jason Maggio — he lives here in Montreal, and he stops 29 out of 34 shots! That's no fun!"
Cherry continued: "The people aren't here to see him stop them. One reporter here in Montreal thought it was great. But the people come here, 19,000 of them, to see a Junior B goaltender stop the guys and make them look stupid!"