Tag: Stu Grimson

Predators Smashmob

Surprise! Predators’ “Smashmob” thrills youth hockey teams with NHL-like experience


It’s easy to get jaded by how things are going with the lockout. Wealthy owners bickering with wealthy players over how to divide up a multi-billion dollar pie of revenues.

The Nashville Predators decided to show a youth hockey team in the Nashville area that hockey doesn’t stop just because the NHL is on a break.

Under the guise of hosting a pizza party for the youngsters, members of the Predators showed up en masse to give them the thrill of a lifetime.

Led by head coach Barry Trotz, the team brought a virtual army with them featuring the team’s PA announcer Paul McCann, their radio team of Tom Callahan and Stu Grimson, the team’s Ice Girls, and mascot Gnash to give the kids a moment they’ll never forget. Check out the video here:

If this doesn’t make you feel good for the kids and their families to have an experience like this, you might just be related to Ebenezer Scrooge.

After Cherry apology, Grimson turns his attention to Ron MacLean

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Stu Grimson forgives Don Cherry. However, he still has a problem with CBC host Ron MacLean.

Following is the statement Grimson released after Cherry apologized on Saturday night to former enforcers Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson for calling them “pukes” and distorting their opinions on fighting in a previous episode of Coach’s Corner:

“I saw Don Cherry’s comments on Saturday night and I need to make just a few points as this matter comes to a close. First, I appreciate the words Mr. Cherry used; I accept his apology. As far as I’m concerned, this disagreement is now settled as between Mr. Cherry and me.

“Second, there has been widespread speculation about whether our group will seek legal recourse as a result of Mr. Cherry’s comments. We believed it was prudent to consider that path initially, given the words that Mr. Cherry used on a national broadcast to describe us. Having said that, I want to make clear that I have no present intention of pursuing a cause of action against Mr. Cherry.

“Third, in spite of my earlier comments on this matter, Ron MacLean appears to be missing the point, even at this late date. Mr. MacLean is presently saying at least two things on this issue. ‘We got bad information from another former player … I didn’t see any trouble with what Don said.’

“Look, Don got his facts wrong. That’s fine; he apologized for it and the matter is settled. But the bigger issue remains. This isn’t about the accuracy of the information. This isn’t about whether Mr. Cherry should have checked his facts. This isn’t about whether Stu Grimson is against fighting or for it. This is about the words Mr. Cherry chose and the way he chose to express them.

“And let’s not forget the context; Ron & Don waded into a very sensitive prominent discussion about the recent tragic deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and my friend, Wade Belak. These are three men that battled the demons and they lost. In offering his opinion on this issue, Mr. Cherry targeted two other men who played this same role and who battle some of these same demons. Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson.

“My point is this. You cannot stand on the highest mountaintop in the country —Hockey Night in Canada—and point your finger at these men and shout down to the Nation that you believe they’re ‘pukes, turncoats and hypocrites’ simply because they have a different point of view than you. You cannot use that platform to target anyone in that way — and especially not men who are battling to get their lives back on track. You cannot shout those names at these men with that kind of fury and expect not to answer for it. I believe this is why the response to Mr. Cherry’s comments has been as strong as it has.

“Mr. MacLean: it’s about the rage, the vitriol, in the public discourse. It’s wrong as a legal matter; it’s wrong as a matter of common civility.

“Lastly, it’s not my decision where this goes from here. This is a decision for Canadians. The CBC is your network; you pay for it. And you hold the network to certain standards and values. Among those values is the obligation to ‘treat individuals with honesty and respect.’

“Some viewers might actually believe that Ron & Don treated these men with honesty and respect. Those people might be content to just shrug their shoulders and say, ‘Hey, no big deal, that’s just Don being Don.” And that’s fine. Those people are entitled to that point of view.

“But other viewers might believe that Ron & Don fell way short of those values. And if that’s the case, I would encourage those people to direct their comments to the CBC. Please, don’t call or email me anymore; it’s not important that I know how you feel. Tell your ombudsman at the CBC how you feel. He’s a very nice man and he’s there to maintain the integrity of the CBC as an institution for broadcasting.”

While Cherry has been the focal point (obviously) in this whole affair, MacLean hasn’t escaped scrutiny, especially up in Canada. He’s been characterized by some as Cherry’s lapdog, scared he’ll lose his meal ticket should the backlash against Cherry build to the point where the CBC has to make a drastic move.

We’ll have to see if MacLean gets some time to state his position on next week’s Coach’s Corner, which must be getting great ratings with all this publicity. It’s almost like that’s the point of having a controversial guy like Grapes giving his opinions.

PHT’s Morning Skate: Alex Ovechkin is hangin’ with Mike Tyson


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Alex Ovechkin gets to have all the fun hanging out with Mike Tyson. We’re sure Ovi knows what tigers do and don’t like by now. (Alex Ovechkin on Twitter)

Ottawa has a trio of youngsters on defense that are making Sens fans think of the 70’s Habs? Someone check the hyperbole meter. (Ottawa Sun)

Phil Kessel… The leader of the Maple Leafs? Sure thing, just as long as they’re not picking sides for pick-up games. (TSN)

Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan, and Jim Thomson all accept Don Cherry’s apology. Litigation threats are the new face wash. (Sportsnet)

Meanwhile, Cherry’s apology isn’t being bought by everyone, especially Bruce Dowbiggin. (Globe And Mail)

Time for the Jets to put out a distress call because of their bad start? Almost… (Winnipeg Sun)

News flash: The Bruins’ PK is still good. Not a news flash: Their power play stinks. (CSNNewEngland.com)

Marcel Goc is impressing those in Florida with his two-way play. We bet the Preds miss him too. (Sun Sentinel)

Could we see Erik Gudbranson and Steve Downie drop gloves again tonight? Perhaps… (Miami Herald)

The improved Ducks defense is strengthening them overall. Jonas Hiller must be giddy about this. (Orange County Register)

Don Cherry publically apologizes on CBC’s Coach’s Corner

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CBC lightning rod Don Cherry made waves two weeks ago when he publically called out former enforcers Chris Nilan, Stu Grimson, and Jim Thomsen. He said he was “disgusted” with the former enforcers because of their stance on fighting using words like “pukes,” “turncoats,” and “hypocrites.” Following the segment and some serious public outcry afterward, the three were considering legal action against the television personality.

Tonight, Cherry took the opportunity to apologize to the three former enforcers. From CBC:

“I gotta admit I was wrong on a lot of things,” Cherry said. “Three enforcers, tough guys, my type of guys, I threw them under the bus, and I’m sorry about it. I really am.”


“Chris and Stu never said that they took drugs because they were enforcers in the National Hockey League,” Cherry said. “Also, they never said they wanted fighting out of the game, that’s for sure.”

“I was wrong on that, 100 per cent wrong. And when you’re wrong, you have to admit it.”

You can see the full segment here.

What are the chances that the threat of a lawsuit had anything to do with the public apology. It was surprising nine days ago when Cherry publically went after the three former NHL tough guys—he’s been championing players like these for his entire career around the NHL. It didn’t take long for Chris Nilan to respond:

What do you think? Do you think it was good that Don Cherry apologized for his strong comments a week ago or should he have stayed true to his word.

Best and worst sweaters of all-time: Nashville Predators

Stu Grimson

When you’re one of the newer expansion teams in the NHL, creating a look that everyone can rally around can be tough to do. For the Nashville Predators, they’ve had a hard time warming people up to them with their sweaters and even an dalliance with a mustard yellow look hasn’t swayed their fans from revolting. Not too much anyhow.

Best: All right so the Predators don’t exactly have a timeless look to them. Everything about them since their inception has had that really modern look about them and that tends to make many old school hockey fans twitch a bit. With the team being located in Nashville, it didn’t do much to help the gut reactions by those fans to wig out over being a southern hockey team.

That said, there’s one look they’ve had that seems to meet most everyone’s approval and it’s their original road sweater. The navy blue with silver lined sleeves and the massive Predators logo on the front gave them their identity. It’s a simple look but a good one, especially for a new franchise which sometimes means they can try too hard.

Worst: As much as it pains me to say it, I’d be run out of town for not picking the Predators third sweater from 2001-2007. The mustard yellow sweaters were resoundingly hated by most fans outside of Nashville for a host of reasons. They hated the color, they hated the cartoony crest logo, and they were intimidated by the haunting saber-toothed tiger skull on the shoulders. You name it, fans had a reason to dislike it. I, personally, liked the sweater but as I’ve mentioned throughout this I have an affinity for the best of the worst too. Mustard couldn’t have been too bad since yellow is making a big comeback in Nashville this year. That said, go ahead and have fun telling Stu Grimson he looked ugly in mustard yellow, I dare you.

RBK Edge unkind: The Preds were one team that didn’t take advantage of the NHL’s switch to the RBK Edge system. When teams redesigned their look many teams used the opportunity to do something new and different. The Predators, instead, tried their best to make it look exactly like what they had originally. The one difference that happened came when their road white sweaters looked really white as they cut out most of the blue from that sweater. White and silver don’t exactly help each other stand out.

Assessment: After looking so bland since the lockout, the Predators are changing things up big time going to a brighter yellow home sweater with lots of little nuances that help make it a more original sweater. Their road whites are going to be super white again but with blue and yellow highlights throughout it to make it pop a bit more. I’ll have to see it in action to see how it plays out on the ice, but seeing a yellow home sweater has me excited. Doing things different is a good thing and yellow is really different.