Don Cherry is a Canadian hockey sportscaster, player, as well as a coach who established himself as the voice of the NHL playoffs and the commentator of Coach’s Corner.
Don Cherry entered this world as Donald Stewart Cherry on 5th February 1934 in Kingston, Canada. As of 2019, his age is 85 years old while his horoscope is Aquarius. He is the son of Maude Cherry (mother) and Delmar Cherry (father). His father was an amateur athlete and worked as an electrician with the Canadian Steamship Lines. Further, his grandparents are John T. Cherry and Richard Palamountain.
His grandfather, John was an original member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as a Great Lakes ship captain. He grew up with his brother Dick Cherry who is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman. Don holds a Canadian nationality while he belongs to a white ethnical background.
Don Cherry stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches while his body weight is around 82 kg. Cherry has grey colored hair while his eyes are dark brown in color.
Don is active on some sorts of social networking sites such as Instagram and Twitter.
- He played junior hockey with the Barrie Flyers and the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey Association.
- As a defenceman in the year 1953, he won the Memorial Cup.
- Later, he dropped out of high school.
- In the year 1954, he signed with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears.
- He had a long playing career in professional minor hockey.
- In the year 1955, he played his only NHL game.
- In the year 1970, he retired from his career as a player.
- Later, he started his career as a hockey commentator.
- He was the part-owner and the former coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga IceDogs.
- As owner and general manager, he gained notoriety by refusing to take part in the CHL import draft, as well as by only playing North American-born players.
- He took over coaching duties in the fourth season.
- Their team managed around 11 victories and failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year, during his one season as head coach of the IceDogs.
- During the one season he coached the team, he drew some criticism for his sudden decision to allow European-born players onto the IceDogs line-up.
- Apart from all these, he is also the author behind various books, including Don Cherry’s Sports Heroes and Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories.
Awards & Honors
- Throughout his career, he won AHL four times in the year 1960, 1965, 1966, and in the year 1968.
- Further, he also won the Lester Patrick Cup, the Western Hockey League Championship, with the Vancouver Canucks in the year 1969.
- CBC named him one of the top ten greatest Canadians in the year 2004.
How much is Don Cherry’s Net Worth & Salary?
Don Cherry has an estimated net worth of around $14 million as of 2019 which he earned through his career as a hockey sportscaster, player, and coach. On average, a professional ice hockey player earns around $2 million to $3 million depending on the team annually. Further, a coach earns around $1 million per year and a commentator also has a salary around the same range.Caption: Don Cherry on his car (Photo: Toronto Star)
Who is DOn Cherry First Wife?
Don Cherry is a married man, in fact, he has married twice in his life. Firstly, he married his first wife, Rosemarie Cherry in the year 1957. They gave birth to two children, Tim Cherry, and Cindy Cherry. When his son, Tim was just 13 years old, he had massive kidney damage and needed a transplant; his sister Cindy became his donor.
Unfortunately, his wife, Rose died in the year 1997 due to liver cancer. After that, he married for the second time to his wife, Luba Cherry. As of now, both of them are living a blissful and happy life together.