Ottawa Citizen

Cherry livid at Rus­sia’s Yakupov over ‘dirty’ tweet

Cana­dian Hockey League treated him ‘roy­ally’


Don Cherry isn’t happy about Rus­sian sniper Nail Yakupov’s com­ments re­gard­ing Cana­dian hockey play­ers.

The com­men­ta­tor used Twit­ter to re­spond to a report Yakupov told a Rus­sian web­site that Cana­dian play­ers are “dirty.”

The No. 1 pick of the 2012 NHL by the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers, Yakupov played two sea­sons with the On­tario Hockey League’s Sar­nia Sting, col­lect­ing 80 goals and 80 as­sists.

“I see where Nail Yakupov said Cana­dian hockey play­ers are dirty,” Cherry tweeted Wed­nes­day. “Let me see ... We let him take a Cana­dian kids (sic) spot in the Cana­dian Hockey League, let him learn his hockey in our pro­gram, treat him roy­ally, give him great coach­ing so he can go num­ber one over­all and he calls us Dirty.”

Canada will meet tour­na­ment hosts Rus­sia on Mon­day in the fi­nal Pool B round-robin game for both teams the world ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship.

Cherry, who has a long his­tory of crit­i­ciz­ing Euro­pean play­ers, added: “I could care less what Nail thinks of us, what bugs me, he took a Cana­dian kids (sic) spot in the Cana­dian Hockey League.”

Cherry has more than 104,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

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