Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Cleary
Carbonear, Newfoundland native Daniel Cleary was born on December 18, 1978. On the strength of a solid junior career with the Belleville Bulls, Cleary was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1997, and made his NHL debut with in the midst of his fourth junior season.

Cleary suited up for six games with the 'Hawks in 1997-98 then 35 more games the following year before a blockbuster trade had him traded to the Edmonton Oilers. On March 20th, 1999, Cleary along with Chad Kilger, Ethan Moreau and Christian Laflamme were traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Boris Mironov, Dean McAmmond and the rights to Jonas Elofsson. Cleary finished his season with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

After spending the early part of his playing career up and down from the AHL to the NHL, Cleary finally joined the Oilers on a full time basis in 2000-01. An offensively gifted player, Cleary went on to notch a career-high 35 points (14-21-35) during the 2000-01 season and went on to play two more seasons with the club before being acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2003.

Despite a NHL lock out in 2004-05, Cleary joined Mora IK of the SEL and registered 37 points (11-26-37) in 47 games before signing as a free-agent with the Detroit Red Wings prior to the 2005-06 season. In his first season with the Red Wings, Cleary played 77 games but struggled to produce offensivley. He rebounded in 2007-08 and went on to record his best offensive season, recording 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in only 71 games. In the following playoffs, Cleary laced up his skates in all 21 games and became the first Newfoundland born NHL'er to capture the Stanley Cup.

On the international stage, Cleary represented his homeland at the 2002 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Kingston Voyageurs ON-Jr.A 41 18 28 46 33 2 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Belleville Bulls OHL 62 26 55 81 62 16 7 10 17 23
1994-95 Canada U-18 5 4 4 8 6
1995-96 Belleville Bulls OHL 64 53 62 115 74 14 10 17 27 40
1996-97 Belleville Bulls OHL 64 32 48 80 88 6 3 4 7 6
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 0 0 0 0 -2
1997-98 Belleville Bulls OHL 30 16 31 47 14 +9 10 6 17 23 10
1997-98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 4 2 1 3 6 +1
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 35 4 5 9 24 -1
1998-99 Portland Pirates AHL 30 9 17 26 74 -3
1998-99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 9 0 1 1 7 -5 3 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 3 2 5 8 -1 4 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 58 22 52 74 108 -9 5 2 3 5 18
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 14 21 35 37 +5 6 1 1 2 8
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 10 19 29 51 -1
2001-02 Canada WC-A 7 2 1 3 2 +2
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 57 4 13 17 31 +5
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 6 11 17 42 -8
2004-05 Mora IK Sweden 47 11 26 37 138
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 3 12 15 40 +5 6 0 1 1 6
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 20 20 40 24 +6 18 4 8 12 30
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 20 22 42 33 +21 22 2 1 3 4
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 14 26 40 46 0 23 9 6 15 12
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 15 19 34 29 -3 12 2 0 2 4
2010-11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 26 20 46 20 -1 11 2 4 6 6
2011-12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 12 21 33 30 +2 5 0 0 0 2
2012-13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 9 6 15 40 -6 14 4 6 10 2
NHL Totals 869 160 217 377 455 121 24 28 52 76


OHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
OHL First All-Star Team (1996, 1997)
AHL Second All-Star Team (2000)
Traded to Edmonton by Chicago with Chad Kilger, Ethan Moreau and Christian Laflamme for Boris Mironov, Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson, March 20, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 15, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Mora (Sweden), September 6, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 4, 2005.