Coach’s cor­ner duo hon­oured

Cherry and MacLean get star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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TORONTO — Vet­eran hockey broad­cast­ers Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were hon­oured Monday with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Speak­ing at a cer­e­mony in down­town Toronto, Walk of Fame CEO Me­lanie Hur­ley said the pair have made in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­dian cul­ture.

Cherry and MacLean have hosted “Coach’s Cor­ner” on “Hockey Night in Canada” to­gether for nearly 30 years.

Cherry, a former NHL coach of the year and mi­nor-league hockey player (he played one game in the NHL), started the seg­ment in 1980.

MacLean joined as his co-host in 1987.

Cherry ap­proved of their star’s de­sign, jok­ing that his name was on top “as it should be.”

“It feels good, this here,” Cherry said.

“Ron, I know it means a lot to you.”

MacLean said get­ting the star was spe­cial, but noted that his part­ner­ship with Cherry was not al­ways so well-re­ceived.

“When we first started ‘Coach’s Cor­ner,’ we got nom­i­nated for a Gemini and we lost to Bob Izumi’s fish­ing show,” said MacLean. “Grapes said ‘That’s it, I don’t ever want to have my name put up for any­thing again, keep me out of th­ese stupid awards.’”

The Walk of Fame dis­tinc­tion comes as MacLean pre­pares to re­turn as the main host of “Hockey Night in Canada” af­ter a twoyear ab­sence.

He was re­placed by Ge­orge Stroum­boulopou­los in 2014, af­ter 27 years with the pro­gram, though he con­tin­ued his role as “Coach’s Cor­ner” side­kick and hosted “Home­town Hockey,” pro­fil­ing towns across Canada.

On June 27, Rogers Sport­snet an­nounced that Stroum­boulopou­los would “de­part the com­pany to ex­plore new cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties,” and that MacLean would be back host­ing the “Hockey Night in Canada” early game on Satur­day nights.

AARON VIN­CENT ELKAIM, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Don Cherry, left, and Ron MacLean give a thumbs-up.

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