The only thing louder than Don Cherry’s voice is his style – and it’ll be on full display at SaskTel Centre this weekend.
The Saskatoon Blades take their turn to host “Don Cherry Night” Saturday in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
The Coaches Corner personality is known for his signature colourful, patterned suits, which are the inspiration for a special Blades jersey design.
“Really cool just to see it on a hockey jersey (when) you’re used to seeing it on Don Cherry,” said Tyler Wawryk, communications manager with the Blades.
“The lovely Blades blue with the gold trim that pops and a nice white collar and the tie, a nice rose on the chest to go along with it.”
The Saskatoon Blades Don Cherry design was unveiled Monday.
The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during Saturday’s game to support the local efforts of the kidney foundation, and raise awareness about organ donation.
“Doesn’t always get the attention that it needs, but this affects a lot of people and hits home for many people in our city,” Wawryk said.
If the jersey isn’t your style, a replica of a Don Cherry original suit – described as being “every colour of the rainbow” – will be raffled off.
Fans can also buy Cherry bobbleheads or donate cash to the cause.
Cherry’s daughter, Cindy, will be at the game Saturday for a ceremonial puck drop beforehand.
Saskatoon is one of the final Western Hockey League cities to host the event, which happened to land as the team ramps up a playoff push.
The Blades play the Brandon Wheat Kings at SaskTel Centre Saturday at 7 p.m.