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Don Cherry's Take on Morgan Rielly's Controversial Crosscheck

Published February 12, 2024 at 6:01 PM

Don Cherry's Perspective on Morgan Rielly's Controversial Crosscheck

Don Cherry, known for his appreciation of the NHL's unwritten 'code,' shared his thoughts on the altercation between Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ridley Grieg during the recent Leafs versus Senators game.

Cherry Agree's With Rielly's Hit

Rielly, demonstrating his commitment and passion as one of the team's most tenured players, reacted to Grieg's open-net goal in the closing moments of the game with a high crosscheck. This moment of heated emotion was captured and widely discussed.

"I'm glad Rielly was on and I'm glad he did it," Cherry stated, acknowledging the lack of a formal rule against such actions but emphasizing the unwritten expectations of conduct. "It was a spur of the moment thing that did," he continued, suggesting Rielly aimed for the shoulder but unfortunately hit the back of the neck.

The incident, highlighted by Cherry's comments, aligns with expectations from fans familiar with his viewpoints on maintaining the traditional 'code' within the game.

Community Reaction and the Impending Review by the Department of Player Safety

Following the incident, Morgan Rielly faces an in-person hearing, indicating potential disciplinary action that could exceed a five-game suspension.


This decision has sparked debate among fans, particularly concerning the Department of Player Safety's consistency in addressing infractions, especially those involving direct head contact.

The community's frustration is palpable, with many feeling that the Leafs are being unfairly targeted by the league's disciplinary body.

The forthcoming announcement from the Department of Player Safety regarding Rielly's suspension is highly anticipated, as it will not only resolve this specific incident but also contribute to the ongoing discussion regarding player safety and disciplinary consistency within the NHL.

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Don Cherry's Take on Morgan Rielly's Controversial Crosscheck

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