Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 05/21/08 at 12:42 PM ET
From The Southern Gazette,
“Really, it’s been the last six games in the playoffs that I’ve been feeling close to what I was before the injury.”
The face mask, styled after that used by a place-kicker in football, has been attached to Cleary’s helmet since he returned to the ice. He doesn’t like using it, but he has no choice if he wants to play.
“It’s a win-lose situation. I wear it, and I can play. I can play better without it, but if I get hit, I’m out of the line-up. It’s really hard to see the puck at your feet, but I’ve adjusted. A couple of high sticks have hit the shield, so it has definitely saved me.”
While the timing of his return home has not been decided (he may come home as the first person from Newfoundland and Labrador with his name engraved on the Stanley Cup), Cleary will be heading home to Riverhead this summer.
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