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Don Cherry waits for Coach’s Corner to discuss future of flagship hockey broadcast

Don Cherry looks on during the 2011 CHL/NHL top prospects skills competition in Toronto, January 18, 2011.

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Don Cherry will wait until this weekend's Hockey Night in Canada to weigh in on the future of the flagship hockey broadcast.

CBC says that during his Coach's Corner segment Cherry will address this week's announcement that Rogers Communications has gained national broadcast and multimedia rights to all NHL games starting next hockey season.

The high-profile hockey commentator is also expected to discuss his possible role in the new Hockey Night in Canada.

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The iconic hockey broadcast will remain on TV for at least the next four years, but CBC will not have editorial control of the show.

That raises questions about the future of on-air personalities like Cherry and his "Coach's Corner" sidekick Ron MacLean.

Cherry said earlier this week he wasn't sure what would happen to the show, but in a later interview with CBC, he brushed off rumours predicting his retirement.

"They've been saying that for 30 years," he said.

"I know I'm No. 1 and Coach's Corner is No. 1 and what are you going to do?"

Cherry joined Hockey Night in Canada full-time in 1981 and CBC started the Coach's Corner segment shortly after his arrival.

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