Don Cherry stands up for Ron Wilson



Don Cherry has spent plenty of time criticizing Ron Wilson, but the outspoken hockey commentator wasn't happy to see the Toronto Maple Leafs coach labelled as the man NHL players least want to play for in a recent poll that appeared on

In a recent players' poll conducted by the CBC and the NHL Players' Association, 24 per cent of 318 respondents named Wilson as the coach they'd least like to have.

"I was very disappointed in the thing," Cherry said Wednesday on a conference call. "Coaching is hard enough without getting polls like that, that's the way I [think]."

In recent years, Cherry has often taken shots at Wilson during his "Coach's Corner" segment on Hockey Night in Canada. He's called Wilson everything from "Napoleon" to "pompous and arrogant" to "bully."

The players' poll also listed the Maple Leafs as the fifth least desirable team to play for. Cherry knows how to change that.

"As far as playing in Toronto, when you're not winning, if they were here and they were in first spot [it would be different]," he said. "Believe me, Toronto would be one of the first [places] that people would want to go to."