Don Cherry’s name removed from WHL’s annual ‘Suits Up’ fundraising games

Months after former hockey broadcaster Don Cherry was embroiled in controversy over questionable comments, the Western Hockey League (WHL) has removed his name from a series of organ donation fundraising games.

The third annual “Suits Up” season is set to get underway next week in Edmonton, but this year it’s flying under a different banner: instead of the previously-advertised “Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation,” it’s now “Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation,” according to a post on the Edmonton Oil Kings’ website.

Cherry, former co-host of the Coach’s Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada, was fired by Sportsnet in November after comments he made during one of his weekly segments, suggesting immigrants weren’t wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said at the time.

“These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

The “Suits Up” fundraiser supports the Kidney Foundation of Canada and includes 17 games played across Canada between January and March. Players on teams involved wear specially-made jerseys, which are then auctioned off.

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