This is what Don Cherry really looked like in 1955:
But for now the 1955 Cherry looks a whole lot more like actor Jared Keeso, pictured to the right. Keeso was amazing in Sunday night's part one of the Don Cherry biopic Keep Your Head Up, Kid.
My expectations are always pretty low for these type of things. Maybe that's why I was blown away with the movie Sunday night. Never mind the fact that Cherry is perhaps Canada's most unmistakable personality in Canada. It took no time at all for me to forget all about that and really get into enjoying this show.
Keeso is fantastic, and the show's production quality is amazing. The hockey scenes are great. There is a very authentic minor league feel of days gone by. And even an objective Cherry basher (if there is such a thing) can't help but be pulling for the youngster as he tries to fulfill his hockey dreams.
Do yourself a favor. Make sure you tune into Monday night at 8pm to catch the conclusion of Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story.