“From the capital of the U.S. of A., it’s New York and Washington. The economic and political engines of America, united in the birth of the country, they’re also linked in tragedy. They were the twin targets of the coordinated attacks on 9/11. It’s crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time, but a spirit has to start somewhere.”
—CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada anchor Ron MacLean, during the opening of Wednesday’s match between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. The comparison between 9/11 responders and hockey players has been criticized as being weak at best—and at worst as being an offensive trivialization of a national tragedy. MacLean has since issued a clarification. At least he’s proven definitively that Don Cherry’s not the only Hockey Night personality who can say ill-considered things.