Canadian hockey legend speaks up in support of Don Cherry, who thanks supporters

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The controversy surrounding the firing of hockey icon Don Cherry continues to build steam.  

It's a story that seems to keep finding new lifelines.

A tweet posted by @CoachsCornerDC this evening has been trending on Twitter.  At last check, it was up to nearly 19 thousand likes and close to three thousand retweets and climbing.

The message purportedly from Cherry says:

"Just want to thank everybody for all the support and kind words. You'll be hearing from me soon. Thumbs up!"

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If there's some hidden meaning in the message, it's unclear at this time. There's been no official word from Don Cherry about his plans in the near future.

Should we be reading between the lines? Is there some sort of major announcement coming? Will he be back on the air? 

NEWSTALK1010 was the first media outlet to score an exclusive one on one radio interview with Cherry, following the announcement he was out of a job on Remembrance Day Monday, following comments he made during Coach's Corner, claiming immigrants did not honour Canadian veterans because they did not wear poppies. Cherry's "You People" comments went viral and were deemed divisive and discriminatory and after a barrage of complaints, Sportsnet announced that they had parted ways with Cherry.

In the days that followed, he seemed to backtrack on the comments, saying what he said was misconstrued - that he was referring to "all immigrants".

Not everyone is buying that explanation.  

But, many seem to be in Cherry's corner, including hockey legend, Bobby Orr, who according to CBC Sports, said during a Boston radio show tonight - about Cherry's firing, "What they've done to him up there is disgraceful. It really is." 

During the interview, Orr reportedly described Cherry as "a generous caring guy", adding the 85 year-old is not a bigot or a racist. 

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Meantime, with Hockey Night in Canada as prime television viewing for many on Saturday nights, all eyes will be on Coach's Corner to see how the network handles the show, without their star commentator.

NEWSTALK1010 will bring you any updates on this story as they become available.