Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press broke the new that the 38-year-old native of Riverhead, Harbour Grace will serve as director of player development. Cleary will actually be a co-director, sharing duties with Shawn Horcoff.
This will be Cleary’s 13th straight year in the Red Wings’ organization. The first 10 were as a player with Detroit, where he had 124 goals and 275 points in 609 games and winning a Stanley Cup with the team in 2008. The last two were with the Red Wings’ AHL farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He appeared in 35 games for the Griffins in 2014-15, but although listed as a player, didn’t dress for a single game as Grand Rapids won the Calder Cup last season. Instead, he adopted sort of mentorship/coaching role as he prepared to transition into a new job, one that was officially revealed as the Red Wings began their training camp this week.
Cleary and Horcoff are not only co-workers, they are also very good friends, having once been teammates with the Edmonton Oilers and roommates when they played together for Mora of the Swedish Elite League during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.