Cleary not Phased by 11/11/11
|Danny Cleary is the 62nd player in Red Wings' history to wear No. 11. Former Wings Shawn Burr (11 seasons) and Mathieu Dandenault (9 seasons) are the only ones to wear it longer. (Getty Images)|
That’s why today – 11/11/2011 – is such a big deal for numerologists, who say that people are fascinated with repetitive numbers because are brains are hardwired to be pattern-matching machines.
However, Danny Cleary, one of four repetitive number-wearing Red Wings on the current roster, isn’t necessarily a believer.
“I never really thought about it,” said Cleary, who at the urging of his wife, Jelena, chose No. 11 when he signed with the Wings as a free agent seven years ago.
The Wings’ other double-number wearers are defensemen Mike Commodore (22) and Niklas Kronwall (55), and forward Todd Bertuzzi (44).
Would Cleary be a convert if he kept with the theme tonight and racked up 11 points against Edmonton at Joe Louis Arena? As a matter of fact, if he were so fortunate, he’d top Darryl Sittler’s 35-plus year old NHL record set when the Maple Leafs’ captain scored six goals with four assists in Toronto’s 11-4 win over Boston.
“Can you imagine?” said Cleary, laughing. “Hopefully it brings good luck.”
However, we’re pretty certain that Cleary would be fine if he managed to duplicate his two-goal performance in the Wings’ 6-2 win over Edmonton last Nov. 11.
Cleary is the 62nd player to don No. 11 in Wings’ history, and just the sixth to wear it for more than five seasons, joining forwards Shawn Burr (1984-95), Mathieu Dandenault (1995-04), Marty Pavelich (1951-57), Eddie Wares (1937-43), and Walt McKechnie (1974-77, 1981-83).
He ranks fourth in all-time franchise scoring among No. 11 wearers with 211 points, trailing only Pavelich (252), McKechnie (256) and Burr (362).