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Don Cherry dumps on Brent Sutter's pan of Canadian hockey
06.01.2014. Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

If you want to see Don Cherry upset, just insult Canadian kids who play hockey.

The Canadian hockey icon dropped the gloves to defend Canadas minor hockey players and coaches Monday just a day after Team Canadas coach Brent Sutter suggested hockey development in the country isnt what it used to be.

Cherry said he still cant believe a Canadian coach would say something like that, let alone one with a last name Sutter.

He threw the people in Canadian minor hockey under the bus, a spirited Cherry said Monday. I cannot believe Brent Sutter said it but he did.

Sutters closing words about Canadas disappointing fourth-place tournament finish in Sweden to QMI Agencys Terry Koshan riled up the star of Coachs Corner.

Theres too much focus on winning and losing at such a young age, and not enough about the skill part of it, Sutter told Koshan. Thats truly where it starts. At 16, 17 when they hit the Canadian Hockey League, there should already be a standard of skill already in place.

Too much focus on winning?

Cherry was not amused.

However Sutter, coach and GM of the Western Hockey Leagues Red Deer Rebels, went further saying import Europeans to Canadas junior leagues are top-end players with strong skating and skills thanks in part because development starts at peewee age, at bantam age, at 10 years of age.

To say Cherry doesnt concur with the losing Team Canada juniors coach one of the famous Sutter family from Viking, Alta., which has produced eight NHLers out of the Canadian hockey system is putting it softly.

Hes a great coach but I expected more from him, Cherry said in an interview. To put this loss on the pee wee coaches is just not fair in as far as I am concerned.

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