That was the message Don Cherry delivered on his Coach’s Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night in the wake of a Thursday incident that had the commentator annoyed.
“What bothers me is, when guys put on a visor they get tough,” the former Boston coach told host Ron MacLean. “All of a sudden they’re going to take on the world.”
In the early going of a Toronto-Buffalo game, Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres took a run at Matt Frattin, leaving his feet, and then took on Colton Orr of the Leafs, following a bout of yapping while lining up for a faceoff.
Kaleta was, in the coach’s opinion, acting brave because he had a visor on.
“Watch him turtle, watch him go down, watch him turtle now,” said Cherry, as the Buffalo player went down against Orr. “He’s got a big mouth.”
"Cherry refuted suggestions he’s against visors, a protective piece of equipment worn on the helmets of about 75 per cent of national leaguers these days.
Somehow or other it’s got out that I don’t like visors,” he said. “I don’t understand it. If you want to wear a visor, play it safe … [then] play it safe. There’s no problem.
“Don’t look for trouble. Don’t pick on my tough guys.”