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Top 5 Don Cherry Jackets

Love him or hate him, Don Cherry is a big-talking, cocksure, and entertaining staple in the Canadian sports world. When he is not making the news for his over the top statements, he is turning heads with his signature jackets. When you tell a friend their outfit reminds you of a Don Cherry jacket, you either just paid a compliment – or played a joke!

2016 is the first year we have offered suits and sport jackets as part of our kitschy Christmas clothing collection. They are very loud, very busy, very Don Cherry!

Here are some of our favourite Don Cherry jackets from over the years, for some inspiration:

1. When everybody asks who has the most spectacular lights in greater Whoville . . . they’re gonna cry out, “Mr Don Cherry!”

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2. Mr Don Cherry giving a new name to candy stripers!

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3. Twinsies! We think our National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation suit jacket would look pretty good on Coach’s Corner!

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4. “O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! My jacket is so velvety!”

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5. This jacket was worn in honour of Wear Plaid for Dad, in support of Prostate Cancer Canada, but it has a wonderful Christmassy feel to spread the word throughout the year!

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If you are feeling particularly bold this season, pick out your own statement piece here! Mr Cherry – we salute you!

 

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Hockey Sweaters and The Holidays

Hockey is important to many Canadians. We throw on our hockey sweater and tune in weekly to watch our favourite teams whether they delight or disappoint us. I have always found the holidays are a great time to experience our national sport, while spending time with family.

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When I was growing up my entire family would come together in the common room of the Legion Manor, where my grandparents lived in Prince Edward County. The men would eat cashews and talk shop, the women would prepare a giant meal, and the kids would run wildly without consequence, having been allowed to eat more treats in one afternoon than they had all year.

After dinner we would all end up watching hockey together. Sometimes it was the last regular season games of the year, sometimes it was preliminary rounds of the World Juniors, but they all brought us together. It was a time of rest for the weary, a source of entertainment for the socially awkward, and a trial of anticipation for the die-hard fans – especially those with Pro-Line tickets.

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Santa gives the Leafs a piece of his mind. Photo by John C Whitehead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would often exchange gifts while watching the game as well, where memorabilia such a hockey sweater, t-shirt, gloves, coffee mug, hat and scarf where given, which were exclusively branded with the Toronto Maple Leafs logo. If you were given something with the Montreal Canadiens on it, you knew you were the butt of a joke.

This was years before the Ugly Christmas Sweater craze, but the NHL Ugly Christmas sweaters and slippers that are available these days would have been gratefully accepted back at the Legion Manor.

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hockey sweaterThe great thing about giving hockey-related gifts at Christmas is that they really are a gift that keeps on giving.

You can wear your NHL Ugly Christmas gear while watching the rest of the
World Junior Championships, or the Winter Classic on New Years Day, and for the rest of the regular season.

 

 

 

Since Santa cannot bring the Stanley Cup to the Toronto Maple Leafs, no matter how good they’ve been, it’s best to take comfort in the fact that hockey is a wonderful holiday tradition we can all enjoy!

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The Hockey Sweater By Roch Carrier

The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier has been ingrained in the Canadian consciousness since its creation in 1979. The book and animated short speaks to a truly Canadian experience both on and off the ice. But how did Roch Carrier write this iconic story that resonates with so many people?

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With the surge of Quebec Nationalism in the 1970s, the CBC approached Roch Carrier, an acclaimed writer, to appear on the radio to explain to the nation “what Quebec wants”. Three days before the deadline, Carrier informed the CBC that he could not complete the project. But his appearance had already been promoted and the studio booked, so Roch frantically wrote a story about his youth. That story would become The Hockey Sweater.

The Hockey Sweater is based on a real life ordeal Roch experienced as a child. Growing up in Sainte-Justine, Quebec, Roch, idolized the Montreal Canadiens’ superstar Maurice “The Rocket” Richard.

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Maurice “The Rocket” Richard

When Roch’s mother sought to replace his old Montreal Canadiens sweater she accidently ordered the sweater of rival team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The young Roch was humiliated and shunned by his peers for wearing the sweater of the Maple Leafs. And the rest has become a part of Canadian history.

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Young Roch Carrier in his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater

Both Anglophone and Francophone audiences quickly regarded The Hockey Sweater as an iconic work of Canadian literature. The story was adapted into an animated short by the National Film Board of Canada ensuring generations of school children would be exposed to the tale.

The Hockey Sweater has since become a Canadian fixture receiving endless praise and countless prizes. Astronaut Robert Thirsk even took the book with him to space!

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Robert Thirsk presenting Roch Carrier with an out-of-this-world copy of The Hockey Sweater

In 2012, Roch Carrier performed The Hockey Sweater live in-concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Roch Carrier performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

A quote from The Hockey Sweater even appears on the Canadian 5 dollar bill!

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The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school, the church and the skating rink – but our real life was on the skating rink.

We at Retro Festive would also like to honour The Hockey Sweater with our own Ugly Christmas NHL Sweaters. Whether you’re looking for an Ugly Montreal Canadiens Sweater or an Ugly Maple Leafs Sweater, we’ll make double sure you get the sweater you ordered! These are Ugly Hockey Sweaters you can be proud to wear!

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