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Rob Ford gives Canada's Olympic hockey team advice

Patrick Maloney

By Patrick Maloney, The London Free Press

Toronto mayor Rob Ford says Canadian hockey players need to play more "Don Cherry-type" hockey in order to be successful. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Toronto mayor Rob Ford says Canadian hockey players need to play more "Don Cherry-type" hockey in order to be successful. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

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Listen up, Sidney Crosby – Rob Ford has some advice on winning gold at the Sochi Olympics.

The controversial Toronto mayor, a noted sports fan, warns that Canadian hockey players have become too focused on skilled play and “shifted” from the heavy-hitting style he says used to underscore the country’s on-ice success.

“And I hope they don’t shift like this in Sochi in the Olympics because we won’t win,” Ford says in a YouTube video he and brother Doug Ford published Monday. “We have to play the old type of Canadian hockey and that’s the Don Cherry-type, you’ve got to him ‘em.

“I’m just saying take the body. So we’ll see what happens.”

Doug Ford, a Toronto city councillor and the mayor’s brother, chimes in: “This kind of reminds me of politics. You’ve got to take the body once in a while.”

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