Dick Cherry Celebrates 80th Birthday in Style


Flyers Alumni defenseman Dick Cherry celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday in grand fashion. Dick, who still skates regularly and plays hockey, spent the early part of the day at his favorite place: the rink.



Dick skated with his son Steve and grandson Devin at his regular Tuesday skate. Afterwards, his daughter, Christy, organized a special get-together of roughly 40 relatives and friends at a local establishment located next to the rink. Christy assembled a collection had a newspaper clippings she put in frames and displayed.  Also on display was the commemorative puck from Dick's first NHL goal, which he scored at the Spectrum on Jan. 19, 1969 against the Detroit Red Wings.


Finally, Dick was presented with a special birthday present: a commemorative Flyers' 50th anniversary, which he donned with pride.


A native of Kingston, Ontario, Dick Cherry is the younger brother of famed former NHL coach and longtime Hockey Night in Canada studio commentator, Don Cherry. Dick was actually the more accomplished hockey player of the two. He juggled hockey with a longtime career as a teacher and, later, after retiring as an active player at age 34, became a school principal.