Tuesday night is Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s “Bird Celly” bobblehead night, but we can think of one person who won’t be happy about it.
Don Cherry has been an outspoken critic of “The Birdman” since Kuznetsov started to do his Bird Walk goal celebration. He doubled down on that recently, calling Kuznetsov a “jerk” in the latest episode of Coach’s Corner, prompting a new t-shirt.
Kuznetsov was asked about Cherry’s comments on Tuesday ahead of the Capitals’ game against the bunch of jerks also known as the Carolina Hurricanes.
“You know, that’s what hockey should be for, for fun,” Kuznetsov said to the Washington Post. “Fans like it, and you know, the way [Cherry] talk, it doesn’t make him look good, right? If he thinks he’s good, he should check his record when he was coaching in the CHL and that’s it, he should shut his mouth.”
Cherry was briefly the coach of the Mississauga IceDogs in 2001-02. The team had a record of 11 wins and 47 losses under his tenure.
In his role as part-owner and general manager of the IceDogs, Cherry famously refused to draft European players for three years, playing only North American-born players. He was forced to reverse that decision when his team won a grand total of three games in the entire 2000-01 season.
Kuznetsov also spoke to a full scrum of reporters where he elaborated further.
Evgeny Kuznetsov on Don Cherry calling him a "jerk" for his bird celebration: "My parents teach me a lot of good things…. I'm not going to say anything bad about a guy who's much older than me" #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/j5RGz0FSDU
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) March 26, 2019
“I let the old guys speak a little bit,” Kuznetsov said. “He likes to talk. But I don’t worry about those type of talks. If he wants to say something, he can call me, or he can meet me. But call me ‘jerk’ on the TV doesn’t make him look good,” Kuznetsov said.
Kuzy said his parents taught him better than to badmouth his elders.
“But whatever he said, my parents teach me a lot of good things when I’m young and I’m not going to say anything bad about a guy who is much older than me,” said Kuznetsov.
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