01.31.09

Sour Grapes : Cherry Stalker Pleads For HNIC Shout Out

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An Ontario teen who lost his volunteer video gig for fraternizing with CBC bigmouth Don Cherry is hoping the shy, retiring fashion plate takes the former’s case to the nation tonight. From the Canadian Press :

Earlier this month Billy Steele, a volunteer camera operator with Rogers TV, was reprimanded for snapping a photo of Cherry and conversing with him at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ont.

Steele is now crossing his fingers that Cherry will speak to his defence Saturday night before a national audience during the commentator’s Coach’s Corner segment on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast.

“Don Cherry’s the man — love that man, he’s awesome,” Steele said Friday. “I never miss Coach’s Corner. Now I’m hoping he’ll say something on Coach’s Corner. He probably will.”

“(I hope he says) GMC should be letting that kid back in, and shame on GMC.”

After interacting with Cherry twice in the course of two days, an employee of Global Spectrum, which runs the arena, said Steele was no longer welcome.

“This young man seems to not want to adhere to our procedures,” Vince Vella, general manager of the city-owned facility, said in an email.

“He has been counselled numerous times and doesn’t seem to want to comply with our practices and procedures. He continuously fails to comply.”

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