Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time: 207 Days
Address: c/o Detroit Red Wings
Item Sent: 1997-98 Upper Deck Ice, 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro
Item Received: 1997-98 Upper Deck Ice, 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro. Both signed in blue Sharpie.
Dan Cleary was the Blackhawks' first-round pick in 1997 but after several nondescript seasons for them, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Phoenix Coyotes, his status as a once-promising prospect had long since faded. He went to camp with the Red Wings on a tryout basis in 2005 and made the team. Since then, he has improved every season and become one of the most dependable two-way forwards (and one of the most underrated all-around players) in the NHL. He is not and likely never will be a superstar, but in the tradition of Wings greats like Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper, he has become a hard-working fan favorite in Hockeytown -- an outstanding checker with a knack for finding the back of the net in clutch moments.