â†µâ‡¥"He's a negative influence," Dr. Charles Tator told CBC News in reference to Cherry, a popular personality on Hockey Night in Canada. "The aggressive, lack-of-respect hockey that he preaches — we need to get that out of the game." â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µâ‡¥Tator, an expert on brain injuries, said hockey culture needs to change and Cherry could influence that. â†µâ‡¥"If he took a strong stand against no hits to the head, it would help," Tator said. He noted that years ago, Cherry added his voice to a move to reduce serious neck injuries in hockey by stiffening rules about hitting from behind. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µCherry is no doubt an iconic figure in hockey, but that's a ridiculous contention on its face. While Tator may have a point that Cherry and other analysts could have an effect on subtly changing hockey viewers' embrace of extreme violence (NFL announcers seem to think so), that phenomenon predates Cherry and will likely exist after he's gone. To draw a connection between the attitude of one broadcaster, no matter how famous, and the entire culture of a sport is specious at best. â†µâ†µ
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