Cherry joining ESPN for Eastern Conference, Stanley Cup finals

Don Cherry is heading south of the border.

Cherry, a fixture on the CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada," will join ESPN's "SportsCenter" beginning Friday after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

"Pairing Don Cherry and Barry Melrose will provide NHL fans with two of the most respected and opinionated voices in hockey today," Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president of production, said in a statement. "'SportsCenter' will be the place to turn for Stanley Cup analysis, debate and highlights."

Cherry will offer live postgame reports on-site during the conference finals, and he will join Melrose and ESPN's Steve Levy for pre- and postgame analysis during the Stanley Cup finals. Cherry will also appear on ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio and will continue his work for the CBC during the playoffs.

Cherry will donate his ESPN fee to the Humane Society.

Cherry coached the Boston Bruins in the 1970s, leading the team to the Stanley Cup finals twice, before ending his career after one season with the Colorado Rockies (1979-80). He spent many years playing professional hockey, mostly in the AHL, and played in one playoff game for the Bruins in 1955. He has worked for the CBC since 1980.