Sunday, October 03, 2010

Don Cherry starts hockey season Thursday

Don Cherry "is the face, spirit and personality" of Hockey Night In Canada according to this Globe and Mail article. Former HNIC producer Ralph Mellanby figures Cherry may have another ten years left in the tank. He is 76 now!

You can watch "Coach's Corner" for the first time this season on Thursday as two NHL season openers will be on CBC-TV: Montreal at Toronto followed by Calgary at Edmonton. I am sure Don Cherry will talk about the retirement of former Maple Leaf, Darcy Tucker, the other day. Because Tucker was known as a hockey pest and trash talker, that should score points in Cherry's book.  However, on this "Coach's Corner" clip, Don Cherry took a shot at Tucker and other hockey players for not having enough of a mean streak BUT talking about steak and dinner plans.

My fondest Darcy Tucker moment goes back to him playing junior hockey with the stacked Kamloops Blazers in 1995 with Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Nolan Baumgartner, Brad Lukowich, Tyson Nash and Ryan Huska (currently coaching the Kelowna Rockets). They won the Memorial Cup that year and also in 1994 and 1992.

The future will see Darcy Tucker as a player agent. Based on the clip below, I don't think acting is up his alley: