Danny Cleary erects plaque to remember coach Dick Power

Har­bour Grace icon hon­oured for­ever at new sta­dium

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS HAR­BOUR GRACE ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Dick Power is a well-known name through­out the town of Har­bour Grace, and one that won’t soon be for­got­ten thanks to a plaque re­cently erected in the town’s new sta­dium.

Power was highly re­spected as both a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, and a mem­ber of the lo­cal hockey scene. He spent nearly four decades work­ing as the man­ager of the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, and as a mi­nor hockey coach.

Power died at the age of 75 In July of 2016.

With the new Danny Cleary Har­bour Grace Com­mu­nity Cen­tre up and run­ning, some res­i­dents of the area may have felt the new sta­dium would not be com­plete with­out some sort of re­minder of Power’s legacy.

One of those peo­ple is Danny Cleary, the first Stan­ley Cup cham­pion from New­found­land and Labrador, who Power coached in his mi­nor hockey days.

Cleary said he got the idea af­ter see­ing sim­i­lar plaques at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michi­gan.

“I saw these bronze plaques at the Joe ded­i­cated to le­gends like Gordie Howe and Ted Lind­sey,” Cleary, a long-time Detroit Red Wing, told The Com­pass. “I said, Dick Power needs one. He’s a leg­end too.”

Cleary said that from there, he con­tacted the com­pany in charge of mak­ing the plaques, and worked with them along­side Libby Power, one of Dick’s daugh­ters, to make sure the plaque was as per­fect as it could get.

The word­ing on the plaque was writ­ten by Cleary him­self, with some help from Ged Black­more, a life­long friend of Power’s.

“The plaque is there at the com­mu­nity cen­tre as a re­minder to ev­ery­one who passes through those doors. I wanted to remember Dick, be­cause he was like a sec­ond fa­ther to me,” said Cleary when asked what the plaque rep­re­sented to the com­mu­nity. “Words can’t ex­plain what that man did for my ca­reer.”

Along­side be­ing a coach, Power spent sev­eral years of his life as a player, first start­ing out in the ju­nior club in Bell Is­land, his home­town.

Power went on to play for the St. Pat’s in St. John’s in the early 1960s, and cap­tained the St. John’s Capi­tols to the pro­vin­cial ju­nior ti­tle.

Power also played for the Cor­ner Brook Roy­als dur­ing a Herder Me­mo­rial cham­pi­onship in 1962, and spent the fol­low­ing three years play­ing for Grand Falls-Win­sor and Gan­der. He fin­ished his play­ing ca­reer as a player coach for the CeeBees.

Power was in­ducted into the pro­vin­cial Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

“Dick was a great friend to me, and he was a pil­lar of strength and wis­dom in the Con­cep­tion Bay area. He touched many lives, and I feel very lucky that he touched mine,” added Cleary. “This plaque is what New­found­land is all about.”

CHRIS LEWIS

The plaque, ded­i­cated to Dick Power, rests on the wall lead­ing to the rink in the Danny Cleary Har­bour Grace Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

FILE PHOTO

Dick Power died last July at the age of 75.

Cleary

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