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Happy 80th Birthday Don Cherry

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

My favorite Don Cherry moment? It was at the grand opening of his bar in Windsor, Ontario, back in the early ’80s. The man was standing at the back of the room holding court when he saw me walking up looking like a David St. Hubbins starter kit. He stopped, stared and let me have it. “Whaddya doin’ with that hair? You look like a sheepdog! Get a haircut, fer cryin’ out loud!”

That’s Grapes, right? The man has never shied away from sharing his honest opinion and whether you love him or hate him, you know he’s not playing to the crowd. He always gives it to you straight.

And, truth be told, I probably could have used a trim.

That interaction came to mind with the news that the ageless wonder is celebrating his 80th birthday today. And since we can’t get him what he really deserves–a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame–let’s honor his first day as an octogenarian with a look back at eight memorable Don Cherry moments — for better or worse– that we’ve all shared:



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LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

I read ‘Happy 80th Dan Cleary’ and did a double-take.  Good on ya, Don!

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 02/06/14 at 11:22 AM ET

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