Hockey Announcer Don Cherry Added to Lineup
Friday, June 24, 2005

"He appeals to guys who want their hockey tough, their beer cold, their Russians back in Russia, their Fins back in ballet school." Jane O'Hara, editor, Ottawa Sun, on Don Cherry.

Don Cherry owns the sort of singular voice that many people love and other people hate, but no one can ignore. As co-host on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada, Cherry has expounded his beliefs about the game of hockey (and everything else) for nearly 25 years. It only makes sense that McFarlane Toys include Canada's favorite son in the upcoming NHL Legends Series. Don liked Todd right away and why not? Todd's from Canada, skates without a visor and doesn't showboat or take dives ...

Donald Stewart Cherry has worn many hats in his hockey career. From a 16-year minor league career (highlighted by one playoff game as a Boston Bruin) to stints as head coach of the Bruins and the Colorado Rockies, as an assistant coach for Team Canada and finally settling in the "Coach's Corner" during Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts. His "Rock'em Sock'em Hockey" compilations are yearly best-sellers and have been instant purchases by hockey fans for years; volume 16 arrived to tremendous approval following the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals.

Cherry moves into our NHL Legends Series 3 alongside five other superstars. The series also includes:

Wayne Gretzky. Our first-ever Gretzky figure in a Rangers uniform showcases "The Great One's" final stop in his illustrious playing career.

Bobby Orr. Widely considered to be the greatest defenseman of all time, Orr revolutionized the game -- teaching goalies that defensemen can score while showing fans that hockey players can fly.

Marcel Dionne. The lethal winger tallied 1,771 points in his Hall-of-Fame career and helped the NHL gain a foothold on America's West Coast -- turning in 12 brilliant seasons for the Los Angeles Kings.

Tony Esposito. The league's first dominant "butterfly" goalie, Esposito won the Calder (best rookie) and Vezina (best goalie) trophies in his first season with the Blackhawks. Chicago never missed the playoffs with Esposito in goal, though his career highlight may well have happened outside the NHL when he and Ken Dryden helped lead Team Canada to victory over the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series.

Pete Mahovlich. Pete began his career in the Red Wings organization, but he truly found his stride after being dealt to the Canadiens in 1969. Pete won five Stanley Cups in Montreal and also played for Team Canada in the unforgettable 1972 Summit Series.

NHL Legends Series 3 will skate into stores late this fall. Stay tuned to in the upcoming weeks to get your first look at prototypes from this series.