Hershey Bears Alumni: Don Cherry

Hershey Bears of the past. A Blog devoted to the past players of the American Hockey Leagues Hershey Bears. Once a week a former Bear will be profiled. Learn about the individuals who made the Bears the greatest team in minor league hockey history.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Don Cherry

A Nominee for "The Top Ten Greatest Canadians" by the CBC, Don Cherry has roots in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
A high school dropout from Kingston, Ontario, Cherry laced up with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears in 1954 to begin what would be nearly a two-decade playing career. During the 1954-55 season, Cherry played 63 games for the Bears and played in his single NHL game with the Boston Bruins.
There were a couple AHL stops along the way for Cherry. The defenseman played for Springfield and Rochester in the 1950s and 1960s.
Cherry went on to coach the Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies in the 1970's.
Today, Cherry is one of the most recognizable personalities in Canada. Cherry is well-known for his "Coaches Corner" on Hockey Night in Canada. He is also frequently seen on TV pitching products. The Kingston native was also part owner of the OHL Mississauga Ice Dogs, stars in a wildly popular hockey video series and owns restaurants across Ontario.
In addition to these ventures he has spent the past year raising funds for Rose Cherry's Home for Kids, a hospice for terminally ill children. Named after his beloved wife (a native of Hershey, PA), who died of cancer in June 1997, Don Cherry has passionately campaigned for the Milton, Ontario hospice both on and off the air.