The Association for Women in Sports Media is disappointed by the remarks made by Don Cherry on CBC’s segment of “Coach’s Corner,” which aired Saturday, April 27.
Cherry’s stance that women should not be allowed in hockey locker rooms is as sexist as it is outdated. Professional female sports journalists and media relations personnel have been working alongside their male counterparts in NHL locker rooms for nearly 40 years.
A CBC spokesman, in a written statement released Sunday to AWSM, said Cherry’s comments did not represent the network’s views.
“As you know, Don Cherry has many opinions on a wide range of subjects and isn’t shy about expressing them … last night being no exception,” CBC head of media relations Chuck Thompson said. “That said, in as much as he’s hired to give hockey related opinions on Coach’s Corner, he speaks for himself and not the CBC. I should also point out, and something you likely heard when watching last night, Ron MacLean took the opposing view and countered Don’s perspective, which provided some balance to the discussion.”
AWSM would like to thank MacLean for his support of women and his championing of equal opportunity in the workplace.
On Monday, an NHL spokesman reaffirmed the league’s open-access policy to USA Today Sports columnist and former AWSM president Christine Brennan.
“The National Hockey League welcomes women in club locker rooms and has, unequivocally, for decades,” NHL vice president/communications John Dellapina said. “Equal access for all is a pillar of our media relations policy. Anyone who suggests otherwise espouses a view that could not be more out of touch with our commitment to inclusiveness.”
AWSM reaffirms its support for all female sports professionals who cover the NHL.
* Updated Monday, April 29 at 2:55 p.m. ET.