NBC picks Cherry for Stanley Cup


NEW YORK -- Canadian hockey legend and broadcaster Don Cherry will be part of a cross-border cooperation that will put Cherry on NBC's playoff telecasts and send Brett Hull to the CBC for their broadcasts.

The "Hockey Night in Canada" star -- who was coach of the Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies when his playing career ended -- will join the NBC Stanley Cup coverage. Hull will appear during the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. broadcasts as well. Details are still being worked out, NBC Sports said.

The often controversial Cherry is an institution in Canada, where he has been a part of the CBC's NHL telecasts since 1980. He was also rather surprisingly named one of the top 10 "Greatest Canadians" in a 2004 poll that also included insulin discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting, telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and athletes Wayne Gretzky and marathoner Terry Fox.

NBC, which recently announced it had renewed its revenue-sharing deal with the NHL, will televise its first 2006-07 playoff games this weekend with games Saturday afternoon (Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers-Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday afternoon and Detroit Red Wings-Calgary Flames on Sunday afternoon).

NBC will have as many as 10 playoff games on the weekends before televising the Stanley Cup final starting with game 3 in primetime on Saturday, June 2. Game 7, if needed, would air Monday night, June 11.