Before he was known for wearing loud suits during the intermissions of televised hockey games, Don Cherry was known for wearing loud suits behind the bench as coach of the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Rockies.
Thirty-five years ago this week, however, he was doing neither of those things. Having been fired by the Rockies, Cherry was hanging out with reporters at a hotel pool in Long Island while the Islanders skated their way to a Stanley Cup.
Among those reporters was veteran Buffalo News Hockey Writer Dick Johnston. Johnston takes the role of Ron MacLean here, being the steady hand as Cherry foams about Bobby Nystrom and Scotty Bowman’s “garbage.”
At the end of the story, it’s noted that the unemployed Cherry isn’t concerned about his future, which he says is “in the hands of the Eagle.” Alan Eagleson, one time super-agent and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was removed from the hall in disgrace after being found guilty of stealing from clients.