It looks as though old Grapes isn’t throwing in the towel just yet. Canadian icon Don Cherry confirmed via Twitter on Sunday evening that he would be returning to Hockey Night in Canada this season, despite previous reports that he would not be back to host during the 2019-20 season.
Cherry’s alleged departure was initially reported by Steve Simmons of The Toronto Sun, who wrote this past weekend in his Sunday column that the 85-year-old would not be returning.
“One thing that hasn’t been confirmed for the next season of Hockey Night In Canada: the return of Don Cherry and Coach’s Corner," wrote Simmons in his column.
"Rogers is cutting all over the place, which included the removal of Bob McCown on radio and television and Doug MacLean doing the same. Cherry is handsomely compensated for his work. Not sure if this is a place, they want to go with the 85-year-old".
Cherry himself responded to Simmons' claim, saying that he was “hurt” by the journalist’s assumption that he wasn't going to be invited back this season.
He also called out Simmons in a following tweet for not asking him directly about his return. "The question I ask is this… why didn’t my friend Steve phone me and ask me?", he wrote.
Hockey fan reactions to the news were about as mixed as they get, with some glad to have Cherry back and others openly dreading his return.
Love or hate him, it doesn’t like Don Cherry is planning on going anywhere just yet, and with the recent loss of Kawhi Leonard, it’s nice to see that at least one legend is sticking around.