Mayor thinks Cleary’s performance was Olympic-worthy
Throughout the evening of Friday, June 12, there was plenty of chatter about Danny Cleary deserving some consideration for the Conn Smythe award, as the playoff’s MVP should the Wings win. While some believed Detroit Red Wings goalie, Chris Osgood would win it, Harbour Grace mayor Don Coombs contends “the best player on the Detroit Red Wings, without a doubt, was Danny Cleary.”
“ In all fairness, he got them past Anaheim. He led the way against Chicago. And if they had to win tonight, he deserved the Conn Smythe.”
Coombs, who says Cleary has done so much for the province and it’s young hockey players, even suggested the red-haired forward earned at least a tryout for Canada’s 2010 Olympic team.
“As a two-way hockey player in Canada, if we look at the big picture, there’s few in the country better than ( him).
“ I think this year, Danny Cleary became an all-star in the National Hockey League. Not a role player who we cheer for because he’s from Harbour Grace.”
The mayor doesn’t know what Cleary’s plans are for the off-season, but promises a celebration when No. 11 does come back to Newfoundland.
“ When he comes back this time, we’ll have a celebration for Danny Cleary that will be equal to anything this province has ever seen.”
“I think this year, Danny Cleary became an all-star in the National Hockey League. Not a role player who we cheer for because he’s from Harbour Grace.”
– MAYOR DON COOMBS