November 21, 2006

Trying to explain the magic of Don Cherry

Kudos goes out to ESPN.com's Scott Burnside for this epic piece The Biggest Mouth In Sports, a perfect biography of Hockey Night In Canada's Don Cherry. I've always considered Burnside and The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek as the best hockey reporters out there. Its long, but a must read.
Though he hasn't coached a National Hockey League game in 26 years, this is still Don Cherry's element — the hockey rink. He has spent most of his 72 years in places like this, actually having helped design the Hershey Center for the major junior team he once owned and briefly coached here. But for all of that time spent behind benches and in dressing rooms and in front of microphones in similar places, Cherry remains an iconoclast, a controversial figure sometimes improbably isolated from the game to which he has given so much of his life. Full Story
In other news, Kuklas Korner directs our attention to a Toronto Sun report which informs us that John Ferguson Sr. has had more cancer discovered in his body. The one-time undisputed NHL heavyweight champ and long time general manager has been diagnosed with painful bone cancer. In September 2005 he had his cancerous prostate removed and was given a clean bill of health.

Lastly, the NHL recently acquired the photo collection of Denis Brodeur. NHL.com has a sneak peak of what they might be planning to do with the extensive collection that dates back several decades.

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