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From the Queen to Cleary

03/28/2011 at 4:18pm EDT

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:

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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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