Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/28/11 at 04:18 PM ET
When I was a kid, the schools I attended in Canada always displayed a portrait of the Queen somewhere in the building. Usually just outside the Principal’s office, as I recall. There were a variety of different paintings, but usually some official portrait from the 50s (looking forever 20-something years old no matter her real age) and brandishing that big bejeweled stick of hers. An image meant to intimidate as you awaited your punishment, sitting outside the office, I was convinced.
In St. John’s NL, however, they’re done with the Queen and onto a far cooler option: It’s Dan Cleary.
The government is providing every school with a framed limited-edition reproduction of a print of the local hockey hero, who has won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. [...] Schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 are being asked to display the Cleary print in a prominent place.
Here’s the painting:
A step up from the Queen? Definitely.
On the other hand, Cleary looks equally as scary. Those poor kids still have someone glaring at them and carrying a big stick.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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