'It's heavier than I expected'

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney (19) checks Detroit Red Wings winger Dan Cleary (11) during the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup NHL hockey finals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Detroit Red Wings winger Dan Cleary (11) and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (5), top, of Sweden, celebrate with goalie Chris Osgood (30) after the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Pittsburgh

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Daniel Cleary skates his way into hockey history

Red Wings together, and Red Wings forever. Alex Faulkner and Dan Cleary will walk together into annals of Newfoundland hockey folklore.

The kid from Riverhead, Harbour Grace and the man from Bishop's Falls, still remembered as the dazzling, little blonde centre who folks of the Conception Bay hamlet like to call their own.

Pittsburgh - Red Wings together, and Red Wings forever. Alex Faulkner and Dan Cleary will walk together into annals of Newfoundland hockey folklore.

The kid from Riverhead, Harbour Grace and the man from Bishop's Falls, still remembered as the dazzling, little blonde centre who folks of the Conception Bay hamlet like to call their own.

Faulkner, a man Cleary dubbed a "pioneer" last night.

Cleary? Well, Stanley Cup champion will do just fine.

At precisely 12 minutes after midnight this morning, Newfoundland time, the final buzzer went in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, making Cleary the first player from Newfoundland and Labrador to win the Stanley Cup.

He was the first to play in a Cup final since Faulkner, by now immortalized as the first Newfoundlander to play in the NHL, skated for those same Red Wings 45 years ago.

Here, the Red Wings Dallas Drake told Cleary, do it for Newfoundland.

And so there he was, parading around with the Cup, third to hoist the trophy behind Detroit captain Nick Lidstrom and Drake.

"It's heavier than I expected," he said of the 35-pound mug, "but I was prepared for it. I just grabbed it with all the strength I had."

Cleary finished with two goals and an assist in 22 playoff games. The championship also capped off his best NHL season yet, with 20 goals and 41 points.

But Cleary's real value to the Red Wings was demonstrated yet again Wednesday night.

After Detroit grabbed a 3-1 lead 7:36 into the third period on playoff MVP Henrik Zetterberg's 13th goal, the pesky Penguins refused to give up, making it a one-goal game on Marian Hossa's power play goal with 1:27 to play.

Murmurs of another Red Wings' collapse, like the one in Game 5 in which Detroit surrendered Maxime Talbot's tying goal with 35 seconds left in regulation for overtime which lasted three periods, grew louder.

But with the seconds ticking down, it was Cleary on the ice, ensuring the one-goal lead was safe.

At the final buzzer, he looked momentarily stunned before sharing a celebration with goaltender Chris Osgood.

"I didn't know what was going on," he said. "I was just so focused ... I mean, the puck almost went in the net. I turned around and Ozzie's jumping. We won. Stanley Cup champs. Can you believe it?

"It's hard to put it into words, really. I'm a Stanley Cup champion."

It was the fourth straight series that Detroit had clinched away from Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings made easy work of the Penguins through the first two games of the final, posting back-to-back shutouts. But Pittsburgh won Game 3 and the teams traded victories in games 4 and 5, the latter Detroit was poised to win on home ice.

"I won it for Newfoundland," said Cleary. "The first to ever win the Cup. It's something I'm real proud of and I can't wait to bring it home so everyone can enjoy it.

"I know Riverhead and Harbour Grace is celebrating tonight and I know the whole province is excited. I can't wait to bring it home."

And he knows one more thing: one Alex Faulkner is getting a special invite to that Stanley Cup party.

"Alex," he said, "we did it. We did it."

rshort@thetelegram.com

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  • Die-Hard Red Wing
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Congrats Dan.
    However just one clarification; Doug Grant is from Corner Brook and was outstanding for Corner Brook Royals and Memorial University prior to becoming pro. Nice to invite Doug to the Stanley Cup party in Nfld., And it was nice to see Cleary mention his old coach Power. That's class.

  • Keith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Awesome Danny!!
    My uncle Loyola who was from St.Jonn's died of a heart attack a few years ago, was in his earily 50's and loved the Wings so much they put it on his headstone....he is ear to ear smiles from up in Heavens!
    Thanks for all the hard work and accomplisments.

  • Olympia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Congratulation Newfoundland! From an ex-Detroiter!

    DAN GRANT
    Doug Grant Goalie
    Born Jul 27 1948 -- Cornerbrook, NF

  • The One
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Congratulations to Dan Cleary for persevering. And to those Newfoundlanders who have gone before him for their fine professional hockey careers, especially Alex Faulkner, Doug Grant, John Slaney, and Harry Watson. Many more years of success Dan!

  • steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Great victory for Detroit. I think thier was one other newfoundlander that played for Detroit. Doug Grant or Dan Grant. He was a goalie. Well done Cleary.

  • Mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Danny...we are soooo proud of you...we always beleived in you from Day One, and we knew some day you would make us so proud and you did just that...can't wait to see you & your family....Enjoy every minute of your accomplishment and God Bless!

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Next big question: when do you get the Cup Danny and what are all the plans for the thousands who want to see it and celebrate with it???? Way to go Cleary, can't wait to see the parade and touch the Cup!

  • bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Doug Grant did indeed play goal for the CeeBees ( Harbour grace team) but he wa bot a Newfoundlander. He was brought in to play here. Not sure where his hometown is.

  • Allison
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Newfies from all over are beyond proud of you!!I admit to being a leafs fan...but we see what they can do every year...My dad was a big time HOCKEY fan but he has been gone for 12 years but I know he watched this series with me....there are no words to say how proud of you my son (who normally wears a San Jose jersey) he and I were cheering for you sooooooooooo much!!!thank you ....

  • Sean
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Good Job Danny, Newfoundland is proud of you.

    Not sure why you don't get nominated for the Selke Trophy. By far the best 2 way player in the league.

  • Craig
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    God Bless Dan Cleary and Newfoundland. I'm so happy for him and his family. It's a great day to be a Newfoundlander. I'm very proud to be a Newfoundlander even here in Seattle.

  • Michael
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Doug Grant played for the Corner Brook Royals and the old memorial University Beothucks. He is from Corner Brook and played for Detroit and St. Louis in the mid 1970s

  • Carlson
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Way to go Danny! Glad to see your hard work and dedication pay off. On a side not: Topcat, if White holds the record for goals as a rookie, he shares that with Michael Ryder.

  • Vanya
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Congratulations, Danny. Ya done good, Harbour Grace and Carbonear. Way to represent the Red Wings and Newfoundlanders wherever they may be scattered.

  • Ann
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Congratulations...the Stanley Cup finally comes to Newfoundland & Labrador...and it took a Bay Boy to do it!!!!

  • fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Congrats Dan Cleary! What an inspirational story to our youth about working hard and turning your life around, not only as a hockey player. That is more of a story than the fact you are from Newfoundland ( which are all proud of )!

    I only have one question.....What is in the water at Harbour Grace???? A Stanley Cup Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist! - Wow!

  • dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Congratulations Dan Cleary on a great season and winning the Stanley Cup. You were consistently one of the best 2 way players on the ice all season long and you deserve this moment in Newfoundland history. All the best of good luck in the rest of your NHL career.

    As for Bob's comments about Doug Grant they are misinformed and he should check his facts first. Doug Grant is a proud Newfoundlander who grew up in and now lives in Corner Brook. He was one of, if not the best goalie, in this province. Locally, Doug played with the Corner Brook Royals and Memorial University Beouthucks in the AIAU. He was scouted and signed to a contract with Detroit Red Wings after a stellar performance season with Memorial. He played in the Detroit and St. Louis organizations. All three, Dan, Alex and Doug should be proud of their accomplishments and all the positive awareness about this province they have been able to achieve

  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Dan the man! Bring her home...

  • tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    With so many Newfoundlander Red Wings fans (thanks to the US cable TV feed coming from Detroit), it's fitting that Dan Cleary plays for Detroit. I hope he spends the rest of his career here just like I hope I can visit Newfoundland again. Congrats!

  • JIM&MARGE
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    DAN THE MAN YOU DEED IT, AWESOME ,GO DAN GO .NEWFOUNDLAND IS A PROUD PROVINCE TODAY ALL BECAUSE OF YOU ,WE ALL LOVE YOU
    JIM& MARGE

  • cal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Congratulations Danny, a job well done.

  • ND
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Not to disparage anybodys role on a Cup winner, but it should be noted that Dan was a key performer on this team, playing on all units. He was trusted by his coach and teammates as a smart, physical player who would never cost his team with bad positioning or poor decisions. It seemed like he was always on the ice.
    They love him in Detroit because of his work ethic. He never takes a shift off.

  • Todd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Way to go, Wings! I haven't had this much fun since the Newfs won the Grey Cup with Plimton under centre. Road trip!

  • skraeling
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Great job Wings and quite an honour for Dan Cleary, first Newfoundlander to win the prize!

    Steve is correct, Doug Grant played in the Detroit system from 1973-76 and played in the NHL during that period. He was then traded to the Blues.

  • Katie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Congrats to Dan and the Wings from a Detroit fan in New England

  • dan W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Congratulations to Dan & to all his supporters in Newfoundland! I'm sure you are all proud !

  • Keith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Right you are topcat, Brownie was checked from behind in Game 4 and missed most of the next season as well.

    The hockey future looks bright for another Newfoundland and Labrador Cup party as well in the next few seasons, with Clowe (SJ), Pelletier (BOS), LaCosta (CBJ), and Ryder (UFA) along with Cleary (DET) allowing for great odds to win another.

  • Keith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Keith Brown, born in Corner Brook, played in the Cup final in 1992 with Chicago. Robin must have overlooked that trivial tidbit.

  • Sherry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Congratulations Danny!!! Bring the cup home...we as a provience is so proud of you.....Congratulations on a job well Done!!!

  • Topcat
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Congrats to Daniel Cleary, his family, friends, and to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. We are all very proud of you. They say you don't appreciate anything unless you work hard and long for it. Daniel has more reasons than most to appreciate being a Stanley Cup Champion.

    It was also very fitting that a future NHL Hall of Fame member, also a Newfoundlander, was calling the game. Mr Bob Cole may have enjoyed this year a little more than the many he has called in the past.

    Keith Brown was hurt in the semi-final against Edmonton that year and did not play in the final against Pittsburgh. He remains as the Newfoundlander with the most games played in the NHL. Cleary is second and Darren Langdon is third.

    Make no mistake about it - Cleary and Faulkner are the only two Newfoundlanders to play in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Gary Roberts made the Final several times and even won the Stanley Cup. He's probably as close as you can get to being a Newfoundlander but he was not born here.

    Howie Meeker won a few Cups and was living here for several years but he is not really a Newfoundlander.

    Some other Newfoundlander NHLers that often get forgotten about are Tony White, Doug Grant, Bob Gladney (central NF I think), and Joe Lundrigan. White may hold the record (25) for most goals by a rookie Newfoundlander. Grant statistically had the best goals against average among all NHL goalies during 1 year. He had an average less then 2.00 but did not play very much (58 mins in 1 game I think), not nearly enough to qualify for the Vezina back then.

    Once again - congrats to Daniel Cleary - We are all very proud of you.

  • Craig
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Congrats on bringing the Cup to Newfoundland!

  • Kevin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Danny, you make me proud to be a NLander today! Congratulations on a hard job well done!

    Grand Falls Windsor is my native town and I remember some great NAHA players who played with the Grand Falls Cataracts in the '70s. Tony White was one of my favourites and if I'm not mistaken, he was a good scorer as well as fighter in the NHL.

  • Bob Kieley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    As a frequent visitor to Harbour Grace I hope something is done to improve Water and Harvey streets before any parade is planned. They're in an awful condition.
    Perhaps all those political Cleary free-loaders who crowded the deck of The Kyle for nothing more than a photo-op can pool their resources for some pavement.

  • Die-Hard Red Wing
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Congrats Dan.
    However just one clarification; Doug Grant is from Corner Brook and was outstanding for Corner Brook Royals and Memorial University prior to becoming pro. Nice to invite Doug to the Stanley Cup party in Nfld., And it was nice to see Cleary mention his old coach Power. That's class.

  • Keith
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Awesome Danny!!
    My uncle Loyola who was from St.Jonn's died of a heart attack a few years ago, was in his earily 50's and loved the Wings so much they put it on his headstone....he is ear to ear smiles from up in Heavens!
    Thanks for all the hard work and accomplisments.

  • Olympia
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Congratulation Newfoundland! From an ex-Detroiter!

    DAN GRANT
    Doug Grant Goalie
    Born Jul 27 1948 -- Cornerbrook, NF

  • The One
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Congratulations to Dan Cleary for persevering. And to those Newfoundlanders who have gone before him for their fine professional hockey careers, especially Alex Faulkner, Doug Grant, John Slaney, and Harry Watson. Many more years of success Dan!

  • steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Great victory for Detroit. I think thier was one other newfoundlander that played for Detroit. Doug Grant or Dan Grant. He was a goalie. Well done Cleary.

  • Mary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Danny...we are soooo proud of you...we always beleived in you from Day One, and we knew some day you would make us so proud and you did just that...can't wait to see you & your family....Enjoy every minute of your accomplishment and God Bless!

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Next big question: when do you get the Cup Danny and what are all the plans for the thousands who want to see it and celebrate with it???? Way to go Cleary, can't wait to see the parade and touch the Cup!

  • bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Doug Grant did indeed play goal for the CeeBees ( Harbour grace team) but he wa bot a Newfoundlander. He was brought in to play here. Not sure where his hometown is.

  • Sean
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Good Job Danny, Newfoundland is proud of you.

    Not sure why you don't get nominated for the Selke Trophy. By far the best 2 way player in the league.

  • Allison
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Newfies from all over are beyond proud of you!!I admit to being a leafs fan...but we see what they can do every year...My dad was a big time HOCKEY fan but he has been gone for 12 years but I know he watched this series with me....there are no words to say how proud of you my son (who normally wears a San Jose jersey) he and I were cheering for you sooooooooooo much!!!thank you ....

  • Craig
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    God Bless Dan Cleary and Newfoundland. I'm so happy for him and his family. It's a great day to be a Newfoundlander. I'm very proud to be a Newfoundlander even here in Seattle.

  • Michael
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Doug Grant played for the Corner Brook Royals and the old memorial University Beothucks. He is from Corner Brook and played for Detroit and St. Louis in the mid 1970s

  • Carlson
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Way to go Danny! Glad to see your hard work and dedication pay off. On a side not: Topcat, if White holds the record for goals as a rookie, he shares that with Michael Ryder.

  • Vanya
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Congratulations, Danny. Ya done good, Harbour Grace and Carbonear. Way to represent the Red Wings and Newfoundlanders wherever they may be scattered.

  • Ann
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Congratulations...the Stanley Cup finally comes to Newfoundland & Labrador...and it took a Bay Boy to do it!!!!

  • fred
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Congrats Dan Cleary! What an inspirational story to our youth about working hard and turning your life around, not only as a hockey player. That is more of a story than the fact you are from Newfoundland ( which are all proud of )!

    I only have one question.....What is in the water at Harbour Grace???? A Stanley Cup Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist! - Wow!

  • dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Congratulations Dan Cleary on a great season and winning the Stanley Cup. You were consistently one of the best 2 way players on the ice all season long and you deserve this moment in Newfoundland history. All the best of good luck in the rest of your NHL career.

    As for Bob's comments about Doug Grant they are misinformed and he should check his facts first. Doug Grant is a proud Newfoundlander who grew up in and now lives in Corner Brook. He was one of, if not the best goalie, in this province. Locally, Doug played with the Corner Brook Royals and Memorial University Beouthucks in the AIAU. He was scouted and signed to a contract with Detroit Red Wings after a stellar performance season with Memorial. He played in the Detroit and St. Louis organizations. All three, Dan, Alex and Doug should be proud of their accomplishments and all the positive awareness about this province they have been able to achieve

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Dan the man! Bring her home...

  • tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    With so many Newfoundlander Red Wings fans (thanks to the US cable TV feed coming from Detroit), it's fitting that Dan Cleary plays for Detroit. I hope he spends the rest of his career here just like I hope I can visit Newfoundland again. Congrats!

  • JIM&MARGE
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    DAN THE MAN YOU DEED IT, AWESOME ,GO DAN GO .NEWFOUNDLAND IS A PROUD PROVINCE TODAY ALL BECAUSE OF YOU ,WE ALL LOVE YOU
    JIM& MARGE

  • cal
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Congratulations Danny, a job well done.

  • ND
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Not to disparage anybodys role on a Cup winner, but it should be noted that Dan was a key performer on this team, playing on all units. He was trusted by his coach and teammates as a smart, physical player who would never cost his team with bad positioning or poor decisions. It seemed like he was always on the ice.
    They love him in Detroit because of his work ethic. He never takes a shift off.

  • Todd
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Way to go, Wings! I haven't had this much fun since the Newfs won the Grey Cup with Plimton under centre. Road trip!

  • skraeling
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Great job Wings and quite an honour for Dan Cleary, first Newfoundlander to win the prize!

    Steve is correct, Doug Grant played in the Detroit system from 1973-76 and played in the NHL during that period. He was then traded to the Blues.

  • Katie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Congrats to Dan and the Wings from a Detroit fan in New England

  • dan W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Congratulations to Dan & to all his supporters in Newfoundland! I'm sure you are all proud !

  • Keith
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Right you are topcat, Brownie was checked from behind in Game 4 and missed most of the next season as well.

    The hockey future looks bright for another Newfoundland and Labrador Cup party as well in the next few seasons, with Clowe (SJ), Pelletier (BOS), LaCosta (CBJ), and Ryder (UFA) along with Cleary (DET) allowing for great odds to win another.

  • Keith
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Keith Brown, born in Corner Brook, played in the Cup final in 1992 with Chicago. Robin must have overlooked that trivial tidbit.

  • Sherry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Congratulations Danny!!! Bring the cup home...we as a provience is so proud of you.....Congratulations on a job well Done!!!

  • Topcat
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Congrats to Daniel Cleary, his family, friends, and to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. We are all very proud of you. They say you don't appreciate anything unless you work hard and long for it. Daniel has more reasons than most to appreciate being a Stanley Cup Champion.

    It was also very fitting that a future NHL Hall of Fame member, also a Newfoundlander, was calling the game. Mr Bob Cole may have enjoyed this year a little more than the many he has called in the past.

    Keith Brown was hurt in the semi-final against Edmonton that year and did not play in the final against Pittsburgh. He remains as the Newfoundlander with the most games played in the NHL. Cleary is second and Darren Langdon is third.

    Make no mistake about it - Cleary and Faulkner are the only two Newfoundlanders to play in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Gary Roberts made the Final several times and even won the Stanley Cup. He's probably as close as you can get to being a Newfoundlander but he was not born here.

    Howie Meeker won a few Cups and was living here for several years but he is not really a Newfoundlander.

    Some other Newfoundlander NHLers that often get forgotten about are Tony White, Doug Grant, Bob Gladney (central NF I think), and Joe Lundrigan. White may hold the record (25) for most goals by a rookie Newfoundlander. Grant statistically had the best goals against average among all NHL goalies during 1 year. He had an average less then 2.00 but did not play very much (58 mins in 1 game I think), not nearly enough to qualify for the Vezina back then.

    Once again - congrats to Daniel Cleary - We are all very proud of you.

  • Craig
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Congrats on bringing the Cup to Newfoundland!

  • Kevin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Danny, you make me proud to be a NLander today! Congratulations on a hard job well done!

    Grand Falls Windsor is my native town and I remember some great NAHA players who played with the Grand Falls Cataracts in the '70s. Tony White was one of my favourites and if I'm not mistaken, he was a good scorer as well as fighter in the NHL.

  • Bob Kieley
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    As a frequent visitor to Harbour Grace I hope something is done to improve Water and Harvey streets before any parade is planned. They're in an awful condition.
    Perhaps all those political Cleary free-loaders who crowded the deck of The Kyle for nothing more than a photo-op can pool their resources for some pavement.