Sep 14, 2013; Belleville, Ontario, CAN; CBC television commentator Don Cherry (right) and Ron MacLean (left) during the first period intermission at Yardmen Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Don Cherry Turns 80


Feb 2, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; CBC commentator Don Cherry during pre-game ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of Hockey Night In Canada before the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

One of hockey’s most beloved, and prominent, individuals has hit yet another milestone in his life as the great Don Cherry turned 80 on Wednesday.

The man of a thousand suits, Cherry has been a part of the game of hockey since 1951 when he first began playing with the Windsor Spitfires. After his 20-year playing career ended with the AHL Rochester Americans, Cherry spent the next nine behind the bench as a coach. He spent his first three years coaching in Rochester before joining the Boston Bruins in 1974.

Cherry helped guide the Bruins to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1976-77 and 1977-78.

After leaving coaching in 1980, Cherry has been a mainstay on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for the last 33 years. His weekly “Coach’s Corner” segment on Saturday nights is one of the most watch segments in HNIC history because you just never know what is going to come out of the mouth of the man who has never shied away from giving his honest opinion of the matter.

And thanks to the guys over at ProHockeyTalk, we’ll leave you with this gem of a video they dug up of Cherry showcasing is musical prowess on his piano desk during a segment of “Coach’s Corner”.

Enjoy

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