Year
Team
W
L
T
Pts.
Win %
1979-80
COL
19
48
13
51
.319
Franchise
Career Totals
 
19
48
13
51
.319
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Oh yes. The flamboyant and ever outspoken Canadian coaching icon that is Don Cherry was a coach for
the Rockies for a season. And that one season was probably the most fun one for Rockies fans.

Wherever he coached, he always encouraged physical play, almost borderline Reggie Dunlop technique.

(I say almost because he has said that he never told his players to start fights.)
The team motto the year
he was in Denver ended up being "Come to the fights and watch a Rockies game break out."

While with the Boston Bruins, it didn't endear him with GM Harry Sinden, despite leading the Bruins to
the Stanley Cup finals twice. And it didn't endear him with Rockies' GM Ray Miron, either, particularly
when Cherry dubbed goalie Hardy Astrom "The Swedish Seive," but was denied getting a replacement
for him.

Many believe that if he stayed as coach of the Rockies, the Rockies would not have moved to New
Jersey. But it was clear with his feud with Miron that he wouldn't. So in his last game with the team, he
was at the bench wearing a pair of cowboy boots and coyboy hat, and after the finish, the team formed
two lines with sticks in the airso that he could depart between them while acknowledging the fan's
cheers.

Of course, since then, he's been part of the CBC's Hockey Night In Canada team, most notably for his
intermission segment Coach's Corner.
Donald Stewart Cherry
Born: 2.5.34 Kingston, Ontario
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