December 18, 1978 |
Carbonear, NL, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
|Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||13th overall, 1997
Daniel Michael Cleary (born December 18, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent, and last played for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). On June 4, 2008, Cleary became the first player from Newfoundland and Labrador to get his name on the Stanley Cup when the Red Wings won hockey's top prize. Cleary was drafted thirteenth-overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Cleary was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, the location of the area's only hospital, and was raised in Harbour Grace, in a section of the town called Riverhead. After playing minor hockey in his home area of Harbour Grace, Cleary left home at age 15 to play for the Kingston (ON) Voyageurs of the Metro Junior Hockey League (OHA). He scored 46 points in 41 games with the V's that season and subsequently was selected eleventh-overall in the 1994 OHL Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls.
Cleary spent his junior career playing with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. After his rookie season (in 1994/1995), Cleary was named to the CHL All-Rookie Team and to the OHL First All-Rookie team. During Cleary's second year with the Bulls, he was second in the league in points with 115 and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team and the CHL Second All-Star Team. During the 1996-1997 season, Cleary served as captain of the Bulls. While his offensive production dropped off from the previous will, he was nevertheless named to the OHL First All-Star Team and was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL entry draft. Cleary would play his final year of major junior hockey during 1997-1998, leading the OHL playoffs with the most assists (17) and points (23).
Just one year removed from junior hockey, Cleary was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers as part of a package that landed Boris Mironov in Chicago. Cleary played parts of four seasons in Edmonton. Cleary's $1 million contract was bought out by the Oilers in the summer of 2003. Shortly thereafter, he was signed to a much cheaper contract by the Phoenix Coyotes. He played, together with his former Edmonton teammate and friend Shawn Horcoff, for Mora IK of Elitserien during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Following the lockout, Phoenix did not offer Cleary a qualifying contract. Cleary was invited to the Detroit Red Wings training camp, making the team out of camp and signing to a one-year contract with the Red Wings on October 4, 2005. In the 2005–06 season, Cleary established himself as a dependable role player as a defensive forward.
In the 2006–07 season, given an expanded role with the Wings, Cleary scored a career high 20 goals in 71 games. During the 2006–07 NHL playoff quarterfinals against Calgary, Cleary successfully converted a penalty shot while shorthanded; this was the first time it had been done in Detroit during the playoffs.
In the 2007–08 season, Cleary repeated the accomplishment of scoring 20 goals in the regular season. On February 9, 2008, Cleary suffered a broken jaw which forced him to miss 19 games. On March 11, 2008, Cleary signed a five-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, worth $14 million.
On June 30, 2008, Cleary brought the Stanley Cup home to Newfoundland. A packed lobby welcomed Cleary at the St. John's International Airport. Later that day, Cleary brought the Cup to the Janeway Children's Hospital. On July 1, 2008, Cleary brought the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland for a Canada Day celebration that included a parade and a concert. The event attracted an estimated 27,000 people. The event also attracted an estimated 103 individual media accreditations with media from across Canada and the United States landing in Harbour Grace to cover Dan Cleary's story.
The Newfoundland bluegrass/folk band Greeley's Reel recorded a "hockey anthem" version of their song "Come In" about Cleary after the win. The refrain specifically highlights the celebration that would occur "when Danny Cleary brings the Stanley Cup to Newfoundland." In addition to receiving extensive local radio airplay, the song appeared on CBC Television and a Fox Sports Detroit special.
In the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs on May 14, 2009, Cleary scored the tie breaking, Western Conference semi-final series winning goal for the Detroit Red Wings against the Anaheim Ducks with three minutes left in game seven. With the win the Red Wings moved on to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. Cleary scored five goals against his former team in a 4-1 series win clinching the Western Conference title before succumbing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games in a rematch of the previous Stanley Cup final.
On September 12, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings re-signed Cleary to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. On July 10, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings re-signed Cleary to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, with up to $1 million in performance-based bonuses.
Cleary's first experience representing Canada internationally was when he played at the 1995 U18 Tournament, scoring four goals and four assists over five games. Cleary later played for Team Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Championship, scoring two goals and three points in a disappointing sixth-place finish, which was Canada's fifth straight World Championship without a gold medal.
Awards and achievements
- CHL All-Rookie Team — 1995
- OHL First All-Star Team — 1996, 1997
- AHL Second All-Star Team — 2000
- Carhartt “Hardest Working” Player of the Month — January 2008
- NHL Stanley Cup — 2008 (Detroit)
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||77||3||12||15||40||6||0||1||1||6|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||71||20||20||40||24||18||4||8||12||30|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||20||22||42||33||22||2||1||3||4|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||74||14||26||40||46||23||9||6||15||12|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||64||15||19||34||29||12||2||0||2||4|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||68||26||20||46||20||11||2||4||6||6|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||75||12||21||33||30||5||0||0||0||2|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||48||9||6||15||40||14||4||6||10||2|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||52||4||4||8||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||17||1||1||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
- Couch, Graham (June 4, 2008). "Red Wings' Cleary first player from Newfoundland to win Stanley Cup title". Michigan Live. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "Elite Prospects". Dan Cleary.
- "Cleary signs, final roster set for opener". redwings.nhl.com. 2005-10-04. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
- "Cleary earns new five-year deal". redwings.nhl.com. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Danny Cleary brings Stanley Cup home to N.L.". Retrieved 2008-06-30.
- Greely's Reel Band Website"Greely's Reel on Dan Cleary". Retrieved 2009-11-12.
- Cleary, Wings agree on one-year deal
- Red Wings re-sign Daniel Cleary
- Daniel Cleary's player profile at TSN.ca
- Daniel Cleary's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick