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Clarkson Praised By Don Cherry

Posted in on by Dan Pennucci

Don Cherry has never been shy about expressing his opinions or his love for hard-nosed hockey players from the Toronto area. The former coach of the Boston Bruins is a Canadian icon and his Coach’s Corner segments after the first intermission of CBC’s flagship “Hockey Night In Canada,” broadcast is either essential viewing for hockey fans, or so loud and obnoxious that one can’t turn away (like Cherry’s suits). Regardless of your feelings about Cherry, the man offered rather effusive praise for Devils winger David Clarkson, who’s in the midst of one of the NHL’s most productive seasons; with 10 goals, Clarkson trails only Thomas Vanek, James Neal and John Tavares.

Clarkson is an undrafted free agent from the Toronto area and cut his teeth in professional hockey as a grinder during his first few seasons with the Devils, but has since become a force on the ice, doing much more than cleaning up messes in front of goal and banging players around. After the opening segment about safety measures players can take to avoid Achilles’ injuries like the ones sustained by Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, Cherry offers his endorsement for Clarkson’s spot on Team Canada for next winter’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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