Around the same time I posted my article about Karl Alzner wigging out on the Caps bench after John Erskine‘s knockout punch of Colton Orr, Hockey Night in Canada aired another episode of Coach’s Corner. Don Cherry also took note of Karl’s enthusiasm.
In the segment, Grapes saluted good ol’ Canadian boy Tom Wilson before giving a special shout-out to Alzner.
You’ll notice this during the video: Don really likes fights. Like really, really. And he’s on a warpath to keep fighting in hockey.
Video via @mkpanda78. She apologizes for how loud the fish tank is.
First, Cherry gave some love to the Toronto-native Wilson.
Ron MacLean: Let’s take a look at two tilts. [Judging] by your jacket, I know you want more violence in hockey. Tom Wilson, 19-years-old, fights with Carter Ashton…”
Don Cherry: Tommy Wilson, look at him. He’s 19-years-old. Look at ’em go. Boy is he going. I saw him play for the Junior Canadians. There’s Carter. Let me tell you about this kid: he’s from Winnipeg. This is what got Toronto going like that.
[Wilson] is 19. Nineteen and he could have played on [Canda’s World Junior Championship team]. One of my favorites. I know he’s watching right now, his parents are watching right now. I had to say it.
Cherry then went on to talk about Erskine’s fight with Orr. He tried to explain — I write that because I have no idea what he’s actually saying — fighting’s importance in hockey.
Don Cherry: Look at the fans going nuts. These people… Look at this. Watch the guy (Alzner). We’ll show it after. You people who don’t like fights. Look at the fans going nuts.
We’re going to show you a funny thing right now. He’s… what’s the guy’s name? [looks at MacLean]
Ron MacLean: It’s Karl Alzner.
Don Cherry: Karl Alzner! Watch this here. He says, “I am not worthy.” Watch! He bows down. You think players don’t like fights? You people don’t like fights. 98% of the players like fights, the fans love it, and everybody else loves it.
And that’s what you call a convincing argument.