Happy Birthday Don Cherry!!
Social media seems to be a hot spot of celebration for the Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry.
Fans from all over the world are wishing the Kingston native and Canadian Hockey icon best wishes as he rings in his 82nd year.
SocialMediaMorning.com wanted to extend our very best birthday wishes to Grapes, known for his outspoken manner, flamboyant dress, and staunch Canadian nationalism.
Some quick facts about the man of the hour, Mr. Don Cherry
1. Donald Stewart Cherry was born on Feb. 5, 1934, in Kingston, Ont.
2. Don’s parents spent their honeymoon in Montreal and took in a Maroons game at the Forum.
3. At 16, Don was signed by the Boston Bruins, who assigned him to the Barrie Flyers.
4. In 1954-55, Don made the jump to pro with the Hershey Bears.
5. Don wore No. 24 in his only NHL game with Boston.
6. In total, Don played 16 pro seasons with the Hershey Bears, Springfield Indians, Trois-Rivieres Lions, Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers, Sudbury Wolves, Spokane Comets, Rochester Americans, Tulsa Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
7. Don retired as an active player after his one and only pro season in Vancouver.
8. Coach’s Corner began in 1983 with Hodge. Ron MacLean took over late in the 1986-87 season.
9. Don also had a successful weekly television show called Grapevinethat ran from 1982 to 1991.
10. Rose lost her battle with cancer in 1997. In tribute, the Rose Cherry Home for Kids in Milton, now called the Darling Home for Kids, was established as a respite for children in need of palliative services
11. Don married his current wife, Luba, in 1999.
We realize this doesn’t cover half the amazing life he has lead, but wow! What an incredible force to be reckoned with!