But on this night, his words had nothing to do with hockey. He was speaking about the country’s support of a couple of fallen soldiers.
On Wednesday, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa when a gunman shot him in the back with a shotgun before storming into the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
Two days earlier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed and another soldier was injured when a man deliberately drove a car into them in the parking lot of a federal building near Montreal.
“If you think so much of those guys and I know you do,” an emotional Cherry said during his Coach’s Corner segment, “let’s help the wounded. Help the guys that are trying to get jobs. … Send the money.”
Wearing a black suit, read tie with a white Canadian flag and Remembrance Day poppy, Cherry pleaded with Canadians to offer their support to the Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services (www.cfmws.com) so military families, department of national defence employees, RCMP personnel and others receive the morale and welfare programs, services and activities they deserve.
Cherry said he doesn’t want Canadians to forget about our soldiers like those who fought in Afganistan.
“The war is over, we forget about it now,” Cherry said. “All you people out there [showing your support this week] that’s terrific. If you think anything of it, you’ll do what you should do.”