Mayor thinks Cleary’s per­for­mance was Olympic-wor­thy

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY KENN OLIVER

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

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