TORONTO - Other than using some colourful language, Don Cherry has no regrets about his recent rant on fighting in hockey.
Speaking on his popular "Coach's Corner" segment on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcast Saturday, the outspoken hockey personality said he's not going to stop talking about fighting.
But Cherry did step back from some of the vitriol he hurled at three former NHL tough guys on Thursday.
"Maybe one (regret), with the 'puke' stuff with the kids listening and that," he said during the first intermission of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.
"That's rude, and I shouldn't say it."
On Thursday's edition of "Coach's Corner," the first of the season, Cherry called former enforcers Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson "pukes" and "hypocrites" for speaking out against fighting in the sport.
Cherry was criticized for his outburst, and the CBC issued a statement Saturday saying it does not agree with the views he expressed.
Undeterred, Cherry said of fighting in hockey: "It's a tough sport, fans like it, I still like it."
Kirstine Stewart, the CBC's executive vice-president of English services, said Cherry's comments reflect his own personal opinion.
"While we support his right to voice that opinion, we do not share his position," Stewart said in the statement.
"Player safety is a top priority for CBC, and we support the initiatives of the NHL and others in keeping players safe on and off the ice."
Stewart said she spoke Friday with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and delivered a similar message.
Cherry's rant suggested Grimson, Nilan and Thomson said NHL players who fight are prone to substance abuse. Their comments stemmed from the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak earlier this year.
Cherry called them "turncoats" and "hypocrites," accusing them of not wanting players to make the same living they did.
He also accused those who want to end violence in the sport of taking advantage of the three deaths to score points against fighting.
More of Cherry's controversial moments:
Don Cherry has always been outspoken about the role of French-Canadians in the country, and the 1998 Olympics proved no different. When French-Canadian freestyle skier Jean-Luc Brassard was chosen as Canada's flag-bearer, Cherry referred to him as "a French guy, some skier nobody knows about." Predictably, French-Canadian politicians have often complained about Cherry's comments.
In 1989, Cherry was threatened with a lawsuit after calling the Finnish-born assistant of the Winnipeg Jets, Alpo Suhonen, "some kind of dog food."
Don Cherry has always held a pro-war stance, so much so that a group based out of Vancouver called "Hockey Fans For Peace" emerged to protest Cherry's comments.
Don Cherry landed himself in hot water when commenting on the use of visors on the rink. In 2004, he said it was only "Europeans and French guys" who wear the eye shield. The backlash against Cherry was so severe, the CBC publicly reprimanded him for his comments and implemented a seven-second delay during his Hockey Night In Canada segments.
Don Cherry attended Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's swearing in ceremony last year, clad in a pink suit. A staunch conservative, Cherry wore a pink suit to the event, saying "I'm wearing pink for all the pinkos out there who ride bicycles and everything." He referred to Ford's opponents as "left-wing pinkos" who will "scrape the bottom of the barrel" to discredit the mayor.