Forever_Habs10 Posted January 22, 2011 Report Share Posted January 22, 2011 I thought it would be neat to start up a Don Cherry Thread...a place to post any info,positive or negative regarding Don Cherry. Love him or hate him...,he's difinatly been a hockey presence....many out there cannot not take him...I can. Feel free to express your thoughts of him in here. We can discuss his views on certain hockey issues in here....so,on a positive note,which really gave me the idea of coming up with this thread...came across this story in my own back yard... Pick-me-up: Cole Pender, who has a rare form of leukemia, excited to hear from commentator QUISPAMSIS - When Cole Pender put his ear to the telephone just after 8 p.m. last Friday, a distinctive voice in Canadian hockey greeted him on the other end. "It was 8:04," Cole, 7, said exuberantly, describing the exact moment that CBC Television commentator Don Cherry called him. "He was just beaming from ear to ear," said Cole's mother, Kelli Pender. "He was so excited to talk to him." Cole, a hockey fanatic, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in September. On a recent afternoon at home, he curled into the corner of an oversized black couch in his living room, decked out in a Saint John Sea Dogs jersey and toque. On the television, a Nintendo hockey game was on pause. Pender said the call from Cherry, co-host of Coach's Corner, came about through a friend's family member who works at CBC. Originally, the family hoped Cole's name would be mentioned during a Coach's Corner episode, but instead Cherry decided to phone the Penders personally. "It said 'private number' so I picked up the phone and they said, 'Hello, is Mrs. Pender there?' and I knew exactly who it was," Pender said. "He said, 'Is Cole there, please?' "He got on the phone and talked to him for a couple of minutes." Cherry, known for his outspoken manner and flamboyant outfits, asked Cole about his favourite hockey team and player. Seated in his living room, Cole quietly said the Pittsburgh Penguins are his favourite team, and named Sidney Crosby as his favourite player. Cherry told Cole about his favourite team, the Boston Bruins, and asked the seven-year-old if he knew who Bobby Orr was. When asked the same question about the all-star Boston Bruins defenceman Thursday, Cole's response was a quiet "No." Pender said she also got to chat with Cherry, a former Boston Bruins coach. "He just sounded exactly like he did on TV. You just knew his voice," she said. "I got on afterwards and he just told me his son had some health problems as well when he was younger and then he said he was going to send Cole a package in the mail so we're just anxiously awaiting that." Cole said he was surprised to receive a phone call from the well-known commentator, and said he also recognized his voice right away. "Guess what Don Cherry goes like," Cole said in a tiny voice, before giving a thumbs-up sign - a trademark of Cherry's. Pender said she's not a big hockey fan, but it's something her husband David, Cole and his five-year-old brother Ben enjoy together. She said Cole was just starting out on a novice team when he was diagnosed in the fall. "I want to play goalie," he said, clutching a pillow with a case decorated with dancing green turtles. "I like to check people," he added, smiling. Cole received his Sea Dogs jersey, signed in silver ink by all the players on the team, at a recent game, he said. His favourite player on the local team? "Nathan Beaulieu," Cole said, now nuzzled into his mother's lap. Pender said Cole will undergo treatment for another two years, and that the family is currently travelling back and forth from Quispamsis to Halifax's IWK Health Centre. Tears swelled in her eyes as she described the thrill her son felt by the phone call - a feeling she said the family will never forget. "It was really nice to see him just light right up," she said. "He had a great big smile on his face." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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