October 22, 2009
Don Cherry Military Appreciation Night at the K-Rock Centre already sounded like more fun than you're legally allowed to have in Kingston, Ont.
Add in the fact that the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs rocked these limited edition, one-of-a-kind Don Cherry game sweaters and ... well, there's only so much elation the human heart can handle in one evening.
The Frontenacs, coached by former Toronto Maple Leafs great Doug Gilmour, honored Canadian Forces Base Kingston on Wednesday, and caustic "Hockey Night in Canada" commenter Cherry was there not only to serve as a special attraction but as a fashion inspiration. From The Peterborough Examiner:
The Frontenacs were all sporting jerseys complete with the Don Cherry trademark high-neck collar and tie last night. The buttons were all done in the team's logo. The jerseys, designed by a Winnipeg-based company called All Canadian Emblem, are now being offered up for auction on the team's website.
The idea came for the jerseys came during a fun meeting between Frontenacs spokesman Jeff Stilwell and trainer Craig Belfer. "Last summer, we were looking at some really ugly sweaters worn in the AHL and ECHL," Stilwell said. "We thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool (to do something like that)? Then it snowballed in our weekly marketing meetings. ... Don Cherry's name got thrown in when we started talking about our annual military night and, boom, the concept went into reality mode."
Each jersey was signed by Cherry himself and is currently being auctioned off the team's Web site for Soldier On, which assists ill and injured military personnel. As for Grapes ... well, the man knows how to make an entrance; and seeing those fancy formalwear jerseys in action is something to behold, too:
The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors beat the Frontenacs, 4-3 -- an obvious homage to Cherry's coaching tenure with the Colorado Rockies.