The Rock's drought may end
Versus told us last night that if (when) Detroit wins the Cup this year, Dan Cleary will be the first Newfoundlander to ever have his name etched on it. Can this be true?Sad but true.
As a US citizen who car-camped his way through the Maritimes in 2000, I have a special place for the Rock in my heart.Thanks,
Newfoundland and Labrador haven't exactly been hockey hotbeds, producing 25 NHLers, seven of whom played at least one game in the NHL this season. The province's all-time games played leader is Keith Brown at 876, followed by Cleary (540), Darren Langdon (521), Brad Brown (330), Dave Pichette (322) and Mike Ryder (314).
No other Newfoundlanders have played in 300 NHL games.
John Niyo from The Detroit News had a great piece on Cleary's Cup chase on Monday:
"I have thought about it, yeah," he said. "I honestly don't know what to expect, but it's certainly something that I burn for, you know? I want it so bad. Not only for that reason, obviously. But it would be so cool to be the first Newfoundlander to have their name on the Cup, and to be able to bring it home and share it with everybody."No kidding.
"And, you know, I just think were due," he added with a smile. "We're due."
And The Globe and Mail had a look at the Cleary-related celebration taking place, which includes a "uniquely Newfoundland tradition":
... known as the shed party - where fans retreat to sheds decked out with television sets and barbecues, drink beer, eat moose and caribou and watch the game.
I imagine the party in Cleary's hometown of Harbour Grace will be legendary.
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