Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff by Al Strachan, Don Cherry

By Al Strachan, Don Cherry

Don Cherry has been named a countrywide Hockey League trainer of the 12 months with a successful percent of over .600 and likewise obtained trainer of the yr honours within the American Hockey League. His reviews on Hockey evening in Canada's "Coach's Corner" mostly make headlines as they entertain, teach, and sometimes disillusioned a few fanatics all through North the US. He will be arguable, yet nobody can deny the recognition he enjoys; acceptance that was once mirrored in his best 10 rating within the festival to figure out "The maximum Canadian."

Now from Grapes himself comes the e-book that hockey lovers of every age were anticipating. Written with veteran activities journalist Al Strachan, listed below are Don Cherry's favorite tales from his occupation in hockey. and you may think the tales he has to inform.

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All four of those guys made the All-Star team in 1998, but they're not disciplined. They're the most talented team in the NBA without question, and we blew them out by 35 points in Game 1. I think that woke up a lot of people. After we beat them again at home in Game 2 for a 2-0 lead in the series, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times asked me what I thought about the Lakers. I said they had no leadership, they were out of control and they had too much emphasis on the Hollywood stuff trying to outdo one another.

There was an uneasy hush over the crowd as I studied my move. Two points and we beat the Boston Celtics. Two points to win the NBA title. What kid hasn't played out a fantasy like that? I did it many times myself growing up on the playgrounds of West Virginia, but this time it was real. I had one shot at glory. One shot at a championship ring. And I passed it up. It was 1962 and I was standing on the parquet floor of Boston Garden in Game 7 of the world championship series, as the Finals were called then.

The Jazz beat the Bulls both times they faced them in the regular season, but Kerr didn't play in either game. That maybe was overlooked. Kerr gets overlooked most of the time anyway, but this game he made the play that won the game for them, so he did his part. It wasn't until Game 5 that the Jazz finally got one to bounce their way. The turning point in that game came when Bryon Russell went up for a dunk in the fourth quarter and the ball hit off the rim and bounced high in the airthen dropped in.

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