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. He played 13 of his 15 NHL seasons with Toronto and was idolized by thousands of hockey fans. Drafted first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 National Hockey League entry draft, one of his proudest moments was representing Canada in the 1985 World Juniors and helping the team take gold.
In his rookie season with the Leafs, Wendel made an immediate impact in the league and with Leafs Nation. He scored 34 goals for 45 points and took on all comers, racking up 227 penalty minutes. His physical style of play and offensive talent built the foundation of a great career, and later led to Clark becoming captain of the storied Maple Leafs.
Wendel led by example and was the one working the hardest, scoring the big goals and doing whatever was needed to win. His style of play took its toll and at the young age of 33 he was forced into retirement due to back injuries.
In 793 career NHL games, Clark recorded 564 points and 1,690 penalty minutes playing for Toronto, Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lighting, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. He currently resides with his family in Toronto and keeps busy as an Ambassador with the Leafs, plus his involvement in various charitable causes. He continues to lead with his heart, whether it’s behind a podium, in one of his restaurants or at a Meineke Car Care Centre.