The legendary Don Cherry has been captivating Canadian hockey audiences with his engaging opinions on Coach’s Corner since 1980 and continues to be a cornerstone of the NHL on Sportsnet, appearing on Coach’s Corner every Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada alongside Ron MacLean.
The Kingston, ON native started his professional hockey career with the Hershey Bears in 1954-55, and played one playoff game with the NHL’s Boston Bruins in 1955. Throughout the next 16 years, Cherry played in the minors in a variety of leagues including the Eastern League, Western League and American Hockey League
Following a brief retirement in his mid-30’s, Cherry made a storybook comeback to hockey in the 1971-72 season, making the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans as a defenseman. He was promoted to coach mid-season, and following a controversial firing, was re-hired and was named AHL Coach of the Year for the 1973-74 season.
Cherry was hired as head coach of the Boston Bruins in 1974, leading the team to first place in its division four years in a row. In 1975-76, Cherry received the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year, and was also named assistant coach of Team Canada.
The fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 250-win plateau, Cherry ranks fifth in winning percentage among coaches with more than 400 games behind the bench. In 1979, he was hired by the Colorado Rockies for the 1979-80 season, after his time with the Bruins came to an end.
Cherry made his first appearance on Hockey Night in Canada in 1980, which included regular appearances on Coach’s Corner. In 1987, Ron MacLean joined Don Cherry in the studio and the popular duo have been taking their familiar spots on Coach’s Corner every Saturday night during the hockey season ever since.