Hockey world in a flap over seal flipper burger

Bombastic hockey commentator – and former NHL coach – Don Cherry has inadvertently found himself mired in Canada’s controversial seal hunt after making a wisecrack about industry during a weekend broadcast. The colourful co-host of CBC’s Coach’s Corner, verbally smacked co-anchor Ron MacLean as a “barbarian” for eating seal meat.

During the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast MacLean asked Cherry to guess what he had for lunch while at an event in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where the seal hunt is part of life.

“I know, I heard – you’re eating a seal. A little baby seal,” Cherry said. “What are you, a savage? A barbarian?”

“I had a seal burger, and the only challenge for Todd Perrin, the chef, (at Mallard Cottage) was it was hard to know when to ‘flipper,'” MacLean joked.

Cherry didn’t laugh. And social media exploded. Some appreciated what Cherry had to say. Others, including Canada’s federal Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq were outraged.

  He did, sort of, through a series of tweets.

So there you have it. A fittingly Canadian animal rights controversy with a dash of hockey on the side. And, here’s where you can hear it. The exchange starts at the 40-second mark.

Photo Don Cherry/Twitter

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