Perhaps it's all a misunderstanding.
But it sure sounded like Don Cherry was advocating stick-swinging as a means of exacting revenge on the hockey rink during his Coach's Corner segment on Saturday night's edition of Hockey Night in Canada.
And it sure sounded like he was directing that suggestion at children.
But maybe it's all an misunderstanding. You be the judge.
The topic was Ryan Hollweg, and his habit of bodychecking opponents from behind into the boards, a habit that has seen him twice suspended already this fall.
"I don't understand this guy," said Cherry.
So good so far.
"I have a solution, and kids. . .I have a solution to stop (Hollweg). . .would you like to see a solution to stop him?" asked Cherry rhetorically.
Then Cherry rolled video of an incident last year in which super-goon Chris Simon, after being hit from behind by Hollweg, got to his feet and took his stick to Hollweg's neck and head area in one of the ugliest stick-swinging incidents in recent years.
"Now here, he hits Chris Simon from behind. Chris has a solution," said Cherry as the video showed the ugly slash. "Funny how. . .it's all in perspective now. Nobody said anything about running him from behind. . .and, uh. . .if this happened a few more times maybe (Hollweg) wouldn't do it."
Then, perhaps realizing he'd gone to far with his advice-to-kids segment, Cherry tried to suggest he was just kidding.
"I'm just being smart," he said.
But when co-host Ron MacLean pursued the topic, Cherry made it clear he wasn't kidding at all.
"(Simon) got 30 games and Ryan's hitting guys from all over the place and he gets four (games)," complained Cherry, adding that Simon is his "buddy."
For years, of course, Cherry has extolled the virtues of fist-fighting on skates as a means of settling disagreements, always insisting that was the manly way to deal with such problems, and that fights were always preferable to stickwork.
Now, at least according to his comments Saturday, he believes stick-swinging is a justifiable response in certain circumstances, and that kids in minor hockey should understand that it may be advisable in specific situations to use their stick on an opponent.
But you be the judge. Go to cbc.ca and watch Coach's Corner.
Maybe this is all a big misunderstanding on my part. Understand, even though I disagree with most everything Cherry advocates, I like the guy. I've even written a column suggesting that it's a farce he's not in the broadcasting wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
But if he really believes it's sometimes okay to swing your stick at an opponent's head, I don't think I'll write that column again.