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Overview (4)

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameDonald Stewart Cherry
Nickname Grapes
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Donald Stewart "Don" Cherry was born February 5, 1934. Don is a Canadian ice hockey commentator for CBC Television and sports writer. Don is a retired professional hockey player and NHL coach. Cherry co-hosts the "Coach's Corner" intermission segment on the long-running Canadian sports program "Hockey Night in Canada". He has also worked for ESPN as a commentator during the latter stages of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nicknamed Grapes, he is a Canadian icon known for his outspoken manner, flamboyant dress, and staunch Canadian nationalism.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: nate

Family (1)

Spouse Luba Cherry (1999 - present)
Rosemarie Martini (1957 - 1 June 1997)  (her death)  (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Wearing a loud tartan blazer, tie and tall-collared dress shirt
Thumbs Up
He wears a rose in honor of his wife Rosemarie

Trivia (18)

Played one NHL playoff game with the Boston Bruins in 1955
Won Jack Adams award as NHL coach of the year in 1976
Coached the Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies
Coached the Boston Bruins to 2 straight Stanley Cup Final appearances (1977 - 1978)
Founded the Mississauga Ice Dogs junior hockey franchise in which he banned European players from playing on his team, he coached the Ice Dogs in the final year he owned the club
Has a son Tim and a daughter Cindy
Has an English Bull Terrier dog named Blue
Sparked a controversy in Canada with parents for his part in promoting the Molson Canadian BUBBA keg. Parents say that it's influencing kids to collect beer cans with his sports coat on there
During his 16 years in the minor leagues, he had to move his family 53 times.
Rose Cherry's Home for Kids, named after his late wife Rose and located outside Milton, Ontario, will open its doors in 2004, and offer a holistic approach to children's hospice care.
A Patriotic person, proud to be Canadian
Sparked numerous controversies with the CBC with his views on certain issues such as in the 2002-2003 season on his Coach's Corner segment, he spoke out in support of Canada joining the Iraq War while Ron MacLean was opposed to Canada participating. In the 2003-2004 season, he made some derogatory comments about the number of French and European players who wear visors. As a result the CBC put his Coach's Corner segment on 7 second delay.
Founded the Winnwell Hockey Company which specializes in making hockey equipment
Owns a bunch of "Don Cherry Restaurants" in Ontario and Atlantic Canada
In 2004 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) asked the people of Canada to vote for the Greatest Canadian. In what was widely seen as a public reaction to CBC's reluctance to renew Cherry's contract for the Coaches Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada, the people of Canada voted him number 7, beating out Wayne Gretzky who only made number 10 on the list. Following this massive public endorsement for Don, CBC promptly renewed his contract.
Considers Bobby Orr as the greatest hockey player of all time.
Hockey Night in Canada [2001]
Continues with Ron MacLean to co-host the Coaches Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. Cherry now in his 26th year on Coaches Corner. [February 2006]

Personal Quotes (4)

If they want me, they haven't approached me on that, one way or the other, and if the CBC doesn't want me, I've had a good ride. I have no regrets and I wouldn't change anything. - About his contract status with CBC
After a while it gets to you. I don't care how thick your skin is.
I was a plugger, I could fight.
Canada is the greatest country in the world, bar none. And if you don't think Canada is number one, with all our milk and honey, and you think some other country is number one, feel free. We'll never hold you back.

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