NHL Playoffs 2011: The 10 Most Legendary Suits Worn by Don Cherry

Andre Khatchaturian@AndreKhatchCorrespondent IIIMay 4, 2011

NHL Playoffs 2011: The 10 Most Legendary Suits Worn by Don Cherry

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    PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  CBC sportscaster Don Cherry reports before Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruc
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    The Stanley Cup Playoffs means unbelievable hockey. It means spring is here. It means new heroes and legends will be born. We've heard all the cliches that the Stanley Cup Playoffs bring. 

    Two things are for sure. It's one of the greatest tournaments in sports and Don Cherry will be well dressed.

    CBC's Don Cherry, or Grapes, has been working with the Canadian network for years and hosts "Coach's Corner" on Hockey Night in Canada. He often wears boisterous and loud suits. If any other person wore these suits they just wouldn't work. But Don Cherry pulls it off every single time.

    Here are the 10 greatest and most legendary suits Don Cherry has ever worn.

Solid Teal Suit

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    OTTAWA - JANUARY 18:  Head coach Bobby Orr (L) of Team Orr smiles and head coach Don Cherry of Team Cherry shake hands after Orr's team won the CHL Top Prospects game 7-2 at Scotiabank Place January 18, 2006 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sand
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    This beautiful teal suit would make any woman melt on their homecoming night. It doesn't matter how many goals Bobby Orr has scored and how many legendary moments he has been involved in, Cherry looks more legendary in this suit than Orr does. A truly fantastic suit. 

Pink Paradise Suit

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    DETROIT - MAY 31:  Hockey analyst Don Cherry reports prior tp the the Pittsburgh Penguins playing the Detroit Red Wings during Game Two of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on May 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Im
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    Nobody on this planet can turn that ugly suit into something so legendary. This neon pink suit has palm trees of different colors all over it, giving it a peaceful and tropical feeling. If anyone else wore it, they would look like a clown. But Cherry wearing it makes one feel peaceful within himself. The palm trees represent the games growth in the Sun Belt region. A truly fascinating and poetic suit. 

Mother's Day Flowers Suit

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    TORONTO, CAN - JANUARY 19:  Coaches Don Cherry, Brian Kilrea, and Bert O'Brien of Team Cherry watch opeing ceremonies prior to playing against Team Orr in the 2011 Home Hardware Top Prospects game on January 19, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, C
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    Whether or not this suit was worn on Mother's Day is irrelevant. It makes for a perfect suit for anybody to wear on Mother's day. The eclectic variety of colors on the flowers make Cherry look like a garden of freshness. Just look at the faces of the people surrounding him. Sadness and gloom looms upon them because they know they can never wear Cherry's suit and pull it off. They will only make fools of themselves if they do. 

Canada Suit and Tie

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    TORONTO, ON - MARCH 09:  Justin Morneau #22 of Canada signs an autograph for hockey broadcast legend Don Cherry during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Pool C game against Italy on March 9, 2009 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by
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    It is well known that Don Cherry is very patriotic. He loves his country and his country loves him. Here he is shown wearing a beautiful and smooth suit which exemplifies his patriotism for his country. It is unclear why the player is smiling. However, theories suggest that Cherry offered to give him the suit to keep if Canada won their game in the World Baseball Classic. Overcome with joy, the player couldn't help but smile. 

Bouquet of Flowers Suit

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    PHILADELPHIA - MAY 13:  Hockey commentator Don Cherry stands on the ice before the start of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center on
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    We return to the theme of flowers. Don Cherry never had to buy flowers for the women in his life. All he had to do was walk into the room with this suit and it automatically depicted the great love and emotion he felt for them. Cherry also has great love and passion for hockey, which makes wearing this suit acceptable for such an event. 

Purple Flower Suit with Shades

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 30:  CBC News reporter, Don Cherry walks on the ice before the start of Game Two of the 2007 Stanley Cup finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators on May 30, 2007 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.   (Photo by Bruce B
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    Would anyone be able to wear this suit and look so tough, other than Don Cherry? Come on, seriously, even notable tough guys like the Most Interesting Man in the World would look ridiculous wearing this blue suit with purple, blue and white flowers. This suit looks romantic and tough simultaneously. The shades add onto the tough look. He truly looks like somebody that nobody would want to mess with. 

Rainbow Suit

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 28:  Don Cherry and Ron MacLean of CBC Sports stand on the ice before game three of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on May 28, 2008 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. The
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    This suit receives a high ranking not because of its design. Let's make it plain and simple. It's an atrocious suit. It's just plain and flat out ugly. However, Don Cherry makes it look extraordinary. Anybody else wearing this suit would look like a very bad game show host from the 1970s. Cherry somehow pulls it off. It's apparent from looking at him that he's a hockey analyst and a legendary figure. Maybe it's the look on his face or the way he buttoned up his suit. Whatever it is, only God knows. 

Winter Classic Suit

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 01:  Former coach and commentator Don Cherry attends the NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 1, 2008 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Harry How/Ge
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    Don Cherry needed to stay warm during the Winter Classic. So he made sure he did and he looked good doing it. This suit looks like it was worn by Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. It looks like it was brought back from the early 19th century. We've seen old movies where we see sophisticated Europeans wearing these kinds of suits in cold weather in Western Europe or New England. Incredibly, Cherry pulls it off and that's why it's one of his top-five suits of all time. The beautiful hat puts the cherry on top. No pun intended. 

Professor Suit

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    BOSTON - MARCH 04:  Don Cherry drops the puck during the ceremonial face off as Francois Beauchemin #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins stand by on March 4, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Ge
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    Zdeno Chara may be towering over Don Cherry in this photo, but everybody, including Zdeno, knows that it's Cherry that looks more legendary at that moment. If Dexter in your high school calculus class were wearing this, he would be a geeky nerd. But when Cherry wears it, he looks like a Harvard professor from the late 20th century. All he needs is a pipe to pull off the professor look completely, but even without it he looks like he's ready to prove the Cauchy-Schwartz Inequality. 

The Suit That Tells a Cryptic Story

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    DETROIT - MAY 30:  Announcer Don Cherry walks onto the ice before the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Detroit Red Wings during Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on May 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Image
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    This suit has a lot going on. The circles and diagonals going up and down tell a story. What that story is, only Cherry knows. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful suit. The dark blue color exemplifies the dark nights of winter. The white depicts the cold snow of winter. He truly looks like a wintry person in this picture. The symbols look like they are cryptic Aztec messages. 

    The greatest thing about this suit is that each and every person will have a different opinion about it. That's what makes it so artistic and legendary. And those two words definitely define Don Cherry's suits and their legacy.