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Pals wish Don Cherry a happy 80th birthday

Doug Gilmour talks to Don Cherry during the CHL Top Prospects game in Toronto on Jan. 19th, 2011....

Doug Gilmour talks to Don Cherry during the CHL Top Prospects game in Toronto on Jan. 19th, 2011. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)

JOE WARMINGTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:09 AM ET

TORONTO - Happy Birthday, Grapes.

“I am not much into celebrating this one,” Don Cherry said recently. “I just don’t think it’s that big a deal. A lot of people turn 80 and are working and doing things. I am not different.”

He certainly didn’t want any part of a public birthday celebration — although he knows there are some close to him who were looking for some way to mark his becoming an octogenarian on Wednesday.

“I appreciate it but I just don’t feel right about it,” he said.

His focus is on Canada winning the gold medal in hockey and a lot of other sports.


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