Commentator Ron MacLean is drawing controversy for comparing the hockey players in the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals playoff series to the firefighters and police officers who responded to the 9/11 disaster.
Viewers of "Hockey Night In Canada" are no stranger to odd, sometimes controversial comments. But most of the time they come from long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry and not the straight-laced, mild-mannered Ron MacLean.
The offending gaffe came during MacLean's introduction to Game 6, which began with a rambling statement about New York and Washington's shared 9/11 history.
"It's crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time, but a spirit has to start somewhere," he said.
"You can't help but be struck by the players and the way they've played these games. They are like police officers, they are like firefighters. You can't fight fire with ego," he continued.
Needless to say, MacLean didn't get a free pass with many on Twitter getting their jabs in.
"Geez Ron MacLean, who knew skating after a black rubber object was as important as saving lives on 9/11," posted twitter user @habs_junkie.
Twitter user @wzzntzz put it more succinctly. "he smoke a Don Cherry tie?"
Stand at the top next time.
There must be more to this.
Wait for the end.
Because they will be messed with.
Sleep deprivation can have that effect.
Thanks for letting us know, though.
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Ice always wins.
We have no words.
Whoever threw that had some pretty good aim.
She got there in the end.
Don't worry, he said it won't happen again.
Think of all those who are allergic.
Ice is 2-0 so far.
Give her a break, Shep.
"The Internet, what they're going to do with this one!"
He's good at snowball fights.
Some great ad-libbing there.
In her defense that guy is a big arsehole.
The cameraman even got involved in this one.
Good story, guys.
Might want to stand farther to the side of the road.
Ah, the infamous grape crushing fall.
But he finally sheds light on the story.
At least they're mature about it.
We'd actually rather she didn't elaborate on that.
At least the kids were having fun.
It was quicker than walking all the way around the camera.
A quick map edit takes care of it, though.
And Nancy Grace isn't happy about it.
Was this planned? We don't really care.
At least he made the report more interesting.