Wallin won't Cherry-pick

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 PM ET

Rickard Wallin will stay a member of the NHL’s chain gang even if Don Cherry disapproves.

At the end of the Toronto - Calgary contest on Saturday, with the Flames clinching their 5-2 win on a power play goal with Wallin in the box for interference, Grapes lit into the Swede for his penalty and general lack of toughness and impact on the Leaf roster since joining the team this year.

Cherry ended with a comment on the gold necklace Wallin wears as hardly befitting a true pro hockey player.

“Everyone has the right to criticize a player’s performance,” Wallin said yesterday at the MasterCard Centre. “He doesn’t think it looks good, but what I wear and how I look is not his (business).”

Wallin, who said he’s quite familiar with Cherry and his Swedish bias from his first NHL stint with the Minnesota Wild before the lockout, said he would continue wearing the chain, saying “it has meaning for me”, without going into detail.

The fourth-line forward is not the first Leaf or NHLer to wear some kind of jewellery in a game.

Baseball players are famous for wearing two or three strands around their neck as well as earrings, though hockey players are restricted in their choice because of the high contact nature of the sport.


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