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Don Cherry on Bruins: ‘Let’s hope I’m here in the finals’

Matt Kalman
November 29, 2018 - 8:13 am

When asked about Boston while at TD Garden on Wednesday, 84-year-old Don Cherry wasn’t sure if he’d ever be back in town.

Then he thought about it for a second and came up with an idea.

“Let’s hope I’m here in the finals with Hockey Night in Canada,” said Cherry, who was among the honorees at The Sports Museum’s The Tradition fundraiser. “I was hoping that we’d get back here last year. Let’s hope they get all the injuries back and get to the finals.”

It’s been almost 40 years since Cherry coached the Bruins to the NHL semifinals in his fifth and final season behind their bench. The too-man-men game against Montreal and constant disagreements with general manager Harry Sinden finally did him in, and he went to Colorado for one year before he became a television institution north of the border.

But he still maintains his ties to the Bruins, as evidenced by the jacket he wore for the festivities.

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"This is the first time I’ve worn this jacket. I was going to wear a blazer and then I said ‘why not?’ If I’m going to go, I’ll go all the way. I had the jacket made for here," he said.

As for the current Bruins, Cherry wasn’t up on the specifics of Boston’s injury problems. But he thought it was remarkable how they’ve managed to maintain their place as a wild card in the Eastern Conference while dealing with a lineup lacking Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and others.

“But the Bruins are doing good,” Cherry said. “I don’t know how Bruce Cassidy’s keeping them up, they’re not too far behind. They get the injuries back they’ll be right in time for the playoffs.”