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Don Cherry Night on NESN

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- It's been a long time since Don Cherry last coached the Boston Bruins, but if you listen to the man, you'd never know it.

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Cherry, who is in town to appear on NESN's Bruins coverage on Thursday evening, spoke about his love for the Black & Gold during a short talk with the press.

"I cheer for the Bruins first and Toronto second, there’s no doubt about that," said the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast legend. "I was going to wear my Bruin tie and Blue painted on it, but I think that’s a little too much. They’ll think I’m going senile or something like that.

"No, the Bruins are number one," continued Cherry. "I cheer for the Bruins first and Toronto second.

Everybody knows it. I’ve worn the Bruin outfits all the time.

"There’s no question about where my heart is. It hurts me to see them losing. You know, seven at home. But it’s a pretty good crowd, they’re still packing them in. When you lose seven at home and you can pack them in, it’s a pretty good franchise," he said.

Cherry coached the Bruins from 1974 to 1979, winning the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year in 1976.  Cherry, well known for his passion for hockey and his colorful attire, joined CBC in 1980. Cherry has now been at CBC for 29 years as a commentator and analyst on Hockey Night in Canada and for CBC's Winter Olympics coverage.

Tonight, Cherry will be "conservatively" attired in red with a black checkerboard pattern.

"I thought the checks were good," said the former B's coach, who talked with Boston Bruins Marc Savard and Shawn Thornton before the game. "Lots of people remember me with the checks."

Tonight, a whole new generation of New England hockey fans will be introduced to "Grapes." Cherry will join Kathryn Tappen and Mike Milbury as a guest analyst on the W.B. Mason’s Bruins Face-Off LIVE pregame show at 6:30 p.m.

Following the pregame show appearance, Cherry will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. He will also serve as an analyst during NESN’s intermission coverage, where he is expected to do a special “Coach’s Corner” segment.
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