Growing up, I was clearly a huge hockey fan.
I loved everything about the sport and wanted to get my hands on anything and everything that was hockey-related. Luckily for me, my dad was the same way and one day in December of 1991, he got me a special hockey videotape.
It was called “Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey”. It had everything a hockey fan could want in great goals, great saves, big hits, awesome fights, and clips of Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner.
I fell in love both with these videos and Cherry. To me, Cherry showed just how great the sport of hockey is and that he was the perfect ambassador for the sport.
Unfortunately, I came crashing down to earth on Saturday when I read that the latest edition of his hit hockey video series, “Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey 30” will be his last one. If you’re a hockey fan than you are probably devastated by this news.
For years, Cherry’s hockey videos were the perfect stocking stuffers. They were never too expensive and fit perfectly nestled inside the stocking, just waiting to be opened in all of its hockey glory.
Now, I’m just an American and clearly, hockey is not big here in the States. In Canada on the other hand, hockey is everything and with this being Don’s last video, it is going to impact a ton of hockey fans.
In the linked article above, Tim Cherry, Don’s son, mentioned just how popular his father’s videos are.
“The videos have sold more than 2.3 million copies, which is the best non-theatrical DVD series in Canada,” said Tim. “When we did our first one in 1989 there was only two-and-a-half hours of highlights we could find to look at and now each year we have hundreds of hours to go through.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise but I have close to all of Don’s videos. I may be missing two or three, but I can tell you that every time I got it, watching it was one of the first things I did.
I could not wait to see what Don picked out as his favorite goals, saves, hits, playoff highlights, and of course, fights. He certainly knew how to pick’em and every year, he and his son blended it all in the perfect way.
When I first read this, I wondered if Don was actually thinking of retiring. Luckily for all of us hockey fans, that does not appear to be happening any time soon according to his son.
“No one can do anything forever, but not a chance,” said Tim. “He still gets fired up for Coach’s Corner.”
While that is awesome news, the fact that there will be no more of Don’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey is sad. I will miss waking up on Christmas morning seeing Don’s latest video in my stocking and will miss seeing what is the best hockey video series of all-time and it’s not even close.
If you’re a hockey fan, do yourselves a favor and go out and buy the last one to ever be made. Hopefully, it will last a lifetime.