Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/8/11

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 04: Broadcasters, (L-R) Bill Clement, Don Cherry and Brett Hull speak during the intermission show of Game Four of the 2007 Stanley Cup finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators on June 4, 2007 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images for NHL)

Several former NHL enforcers aren't too thrilled with Don Cherry.

The outspoken Cherry pointed the finger at former players Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson during his rant in a "Coach's Corner" on Thursday. The former coach called them a "bunch of pukes" for allegedly suggesting that those who fight in the NHL are more likely to turn to substances.

"(They say) 'Oh, the reason that they're drinking, (taking) drugs and alcoholics is because they fight.' You turncoats. You hypocrites," Cherry said during CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

"If there's one thing I'm not, it's a hypocrite ... You guys were fighters, and now you don't want guys to make the same living you did."

The words come in the wake of three former NHL enforcers dying over the summer.

"He's edging ever closer to the line ... and I think there will come a point when he steps over that line and CBC decides it's time to shut the senile old uncle down," Grimson said.

Grimson also denied saying anything linking NHL players who fight and their potential for substance abuse.

"Nothing can be further from the truth," he said.

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