Blue & Coach Don Cherry
In 1955, Don Cherry played one playoff game with the Boston Bruins. He
spent the next 16 years in the minors. In 1974, he was hired as head
coach of the Boston Bruins. Cherry's Bruins finished first in their division
four seasons in a row and he was the NHL Coach of the Year in the 1975/76
Blue, a female, white bull terrier, was his loving side kick for many
of his coaching years.
Hockey Night in Canada:
For the past 16 years in the Coach's
Corner with host Ron MacLean, Cherry has stayed true to form with his
candidness, often controversial and always entertaining comments.
Don Cherry currently has a Sports Bar franchise in Canada
Don Cherry's Sports Bar
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Donald Stewart Cherry
Born: February 5, 1934
Place of Birth: Kingston, Ontario
- Don Cherry is known as one of the most controversial hockey commentators
as well as an excellent hockey coach.
- He was a high school dropout in Kingston.
- Cherry played his early hockey as a defenseman with the junior Windsor
Spitfires and the Barrie Flyers.
- He was picked up by the Hershey Bears in 1954 and began a long career in
the minor hockey leagues for several teams.
- Cherry had only played in one game of NHL hockey that being a playoff
game for the Boston Bruins.
- After leaving hockey at this point, he tried working in construction.
- However, he found his missed hockey and, in 1971, joined the Rochester
Americans as a defenseman.
- Before the season was half over, he was made the team's Coach ending up
as Rookie Coach of the Year.
- In 1974, he accepted the position of Head Coach for the NHL Boston
- He was very successful leading the team to four straight division
championships and two Stanley Cup playoffs.
- In 1976, he won the coveted title of Coach of the Year in the NHL.
Cherry continued to coach in the NHL until 1979 when he retired from
- He walked into another career when he began making appearances on Hockey
Night in Canada as a commentator.
- His remarks, tips, and controversial style led him into his own segment
of the show called "Coach's Corner".
- He branched out and became the owner of several restaurants known as the
"Grapevine" and became a part-owner in a junior hockey club.
- Because of some of his remarks on TV, a special 7-second delay was used
for a short time on his segment of Hockey Night.
- In a special poll, Don Cherry was honoured by his fans by being voted as
one of the top ten "great" Canadians.
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Don Cherry is not only a hockey icon; he's a national treasure. Plain-spoken,
flamboyant and always entertaining, he has become one of Canada's most
Cherry's wildly popular "Coach's Corner" on Hockey Night in Canada, co-hosted
with Ron MacLean, is often the most watched segment on the CBC and is a mainstay
of Saturday night television. His knowledge of—and love for—our national game is
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Cherry chased his hockey-playing dream as a teenager
across the continent, from Sudbury, Ontario to Spokane, Washington. In 1955, he
appeared in a playoff game for the Boston Bruins; it would be his only on-ice
NHL appearance. After stepping away from the game, he dabbled in different
careers, doing everything from construction to working as the "world's worst
In 1974, he was hired as head coach of the Boston Bruins, earning Coach of The
Year honours in the 1975-76 season. The same year, he was named assistant coach
of Team Canada. In 1980, he appeared on Hockey Night in Canada with then-host
Dave Hodge in a new segment called "Coach's Corner." Years later, in what became
a career-defining interview with Brian Williams, Cherry condoned on-ice violence
in hockey, after a bench-clearing brawl during a world junior championship game
between Canada and the Soviets. The move helped boost Cherry's popularity and
moved him to the front of the national conversation, where he has remained ever
In 2004, The CBC conducted a nationwide poll of "The Greatest Canadians," and at
the #7 spot—right behind Nobel-winner Lester Pearson, but in front of former
Prime Minister John A. MacDonald—was Canada's favourite hockey commentator, the
king of tell-it-like-it-is, Don Cherry.