Kevin Gray recently did a nice feature on Richard Clune and sent it to me to share with our readers. Rich is intense. At the end of the feature is an excellent video interview. Here is a snippet from the article. Click on the Union Leader link for the entire feature and video.
MANCHESTER — Once the stitches are removed from a gash on his right cheek, Rich Clune will have matching scars on each side of his face. They are markings of a hockey player, a warrior, a good teammate.
Yes, the fourth-year Monarchs forward does fight, but don’t label him a one-dimensional player or “enforcer.” Clune, who had two assists in his second NHL game against Colorado last season, serves a variety of roles from point producer (three goals, four assists) to strong forechecker and overall tough guy.
He fought Saturday night at Worcester, received a cut to the face, and returned to assist the game-winning goal scored by Slava Voynov as Manchester beat Worcester, 2-1.
“It can really change the momentum of a game and fire your team up. To see another guy go out there and put his well-being on the line, it can be inspiring,” Clune, a 5-foot-10, 207-pounder, said after practice Tuesday. “At times, too, it can be demoralizing. If you see your teammate get beat up or maybe it’s not a good fight, it can take away from the game.”
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