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Wendel Clark

True Team Player & Former Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs

As captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wendel Clark was a feared player known for his tough but clean body checks and his willingness to drop the gloves. His rambunctious style of play made him one of the Leafs most beloved players.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Leadership, Teamwork, Motivation

Sports Inspiration

Platform Plus

Awards

2011
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

  • The kind of leadership Wendel Clark provides is difficult to quantify. It's not just scoring big goals and it can't be manufactured. It's being genuine and it's being smart and it's being yourself - not just on the ice but on the bus, in the trainer's room and in the restaurant. For Wendel Clark, it's being, Wendel Clark, the genuine article.

    - "Captains" by Michael Ulmer

Summary Profile

Wendel Clark is indisputably one of the most popular players to ever wear Maple Leafs blue. The former Leafs captain played 13 of his 15 NHL seasons with Toronto and was idolized by thousands of hockey fans. Selected first overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Leafs, Clark also spent time playing for the Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lighting, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. One of Clark’s biggest accomplishments however was in his teen years when he helped Canada’s national team take the gold medal at the 1985 World Junior Hockey Championships. Clark played 793 games of rough and tumble NHL hockey, scoring 330 goals and 563 points with 1,690 penalty minutes.

Clark was named Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News and went on to play 15 seasons in the NHL, 13 of which were in Toronto. As a testament to Clark’s enduring appeal, he was appointed as a Toronto Maple Leafs Community Representative, working as an ambassador and spokesperson in communities across the country.

Very few hockey players attract the love, respect and sometimes adoration as Wendel Clark. Although quiet and easy-going, Clark has achieved a rock star-like status among the members of the Leafs Nation. A player who combined grit with goals, the Maple Leafs drafted Clark first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1985.

Clark now shows the same style of play on the platform. He lives and works with heart – the qualities that endeared him to hockey fans make him a winner off the ice.