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From the Queen to Cleary

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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That is the worst portait I have ever seen. This is what Danny Cleary looks like you dumbfuch “artist”:

Awful. The Newfie government should ask for their loonies back. The “artist” must have been watching Casino while he was painting, especially that scene where the guy’s head is put in a vise.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from La La Land on 03/28/11 at 04:57 PM ET

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Actually looks like the lovechild of Cleary and Bertuzzi.  Except for the chin strap.

Posted by Sunday from somewhere else on 03/29/11 at 01:20 PM ET

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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.

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