July 27, 2007

Stan Jonathan: Mr. Popularity

It never ceases to amaze me. Week after week, Stan Jonathan is in the top 10 most read profiles here at "Legends." In the month of July he's the second most popular read after only the recently deceased John Ferguson.

More so than Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, or Guy Lafleur, 1000s of readers access Jonathan's biography weekly. Either that or Don Cherry, Jonathan's biggest fan, keeps returning to access the accompanying YouTube video time and time again.

"Stanley reminded me of my pet dog, Blue, a bull terrier. They were both relatively small but enormously tough. I liked Stanley so much that I took a beautiful painting of Blue from home and had it hung directly above Jonathan's locker," said Cherry in his autobiography "Grapes."

"One day Stanley's father was visiting Boston and was introduced to me in my office. 'You've got a great son there, Mr. Jonathan,' I said. 'He reminds me of my dog, Blue.' Old man Jonathan was aghast. Comparing his son to a dog. Well, this big Indian stared at me until I thought I was going to get scalped. I had a lot of fast explaining there or I would have gone the way of General Custer. If I had had the time I would have explained to Mr. Jonathan that Blue was not only my pet, but also my alter-ego."

It's easy to understand Cherry's fondness for this little fireplug who some consider to be the best pound for pound fighter of all time. Just 5'8" 175lbs, this full-blooded Tuscarora Indian played the game like a human bowling ball. He loved to hit anything in sight and loved to get hit as well. Stan was a strong aggressive checker and a streaky scorer. He went after rebounds with reckless abandon. He wasn't fancy but he worked very hard and made things happen all the time when he was on the ice.

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