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Wendel Clark
Wendel Clark

Wendel L. Clark (born October 25, 1966 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player best known as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Clark served as the team's captain in the early 1990s. Image File history File links Wendal_Clark_TML_White. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: From many peoples, strength) Official languages English Flower Western Red Lily Tree Paper Birch Bird Sharp-tailed Grouse Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 14 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... In ice hockey each team has a designated captain. ...

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Early Years

Clark was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 Entry Draft. His professional career lasted from 1985 until 2000, during which time he played for the Maple Leafs (during three separate stretches), Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, and Chicago Blackhawks. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Quebec Nordiques (pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


He was known for his emotional, physical play combined with scoring prowess. After his rookie season, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy. The serious back injury that Clark suffered during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks in 1987 when he was cross-checked into the crossbar of his goal hindered his progress as an elite NHL player. Nonetheless, Clark was a crowd favourite and won a place in the hearts of Leaf fans as he provided a spark during the latter part of the Harold Ballard era, considered the darkest period in the storied franchise's history. The NHL All-Rookie Team is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers Association from the best rookies in the National Hockey League at each position for the season just concluded based on their performance in that year. ... The Calder Memorial Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy, presented annually to the best rookie of the year as voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harold Ballard (July 30, 1903-April 11, 1990) was the controversial long-time owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens. ...


During the 1992-93 NHL season, Clark's second year captaining the team, the Leafs set team records in wins (44) and points (99). Toronto also made the playoffs for the first time in years. The Leafs had a memorable run to the Campbell Conference Finals, but after leading the best-of-seven series three games to two lost to the Los Angeles Kings. The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


While Clark was known for grit and physical play (amassing 1,690 career penalty minutes), frequent injuries meant that he never played a full 82-game season. Nonetheless, he did manage an impressive 46 goals for the Leafs during the 1993-94 NHL season, playing on a line with Dave Andreychuk and Doug Gilmour. In the playoffs, the Leafs made a second consecutive trip to the Conference Finals but fell 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks (coached by Pat Quinn who would later coach the Leafs to a playoff appearance 6 out of 7 seasons). The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... David John Dave Andreychuk was born on the 29th of September, 1963, in Hamilton, Ontario and is a professional hockey player in the NHL, currently assigned to the Springfield Falcons after starting the 2005-2006 season playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... Douglas Robert Gilmour (born June 25, 1963 in Kingston, Ontario) is a retired ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


Trades

In June 1994 Clark was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in a multi-player deal which notably involved a young Mats Sundin. He was succeeded as Maple Leafs captain by Gilmour. Clark played the lockout-shortened 1994-95 NHL season in Quebec. Mats Johan Sundin (born February 13, 1971, in Bromma, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


After the Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche, Clark became embroiled in a contract dispute. As a result, shortly before the beginning of the 1995-96 NHL season Clark was sent to the New York Islanders in a three-way trade that brought Claude Lemieux to Colorado and Steve Thomas to the New Jersey Devils. Clark played 58 games with the Islanders, but finished the season back in Toronto. The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... Claude Lemieux (born July 16, 1965 in Buckingham, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player active in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 2003. ... Steve Anthony Stumpy Thomas (born 15 July 1963 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK) is a retired British hockey Right Winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


Later Career

In 1998 Clark signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but was dealt at the trade deadline to the Detroit Red Wings, where he finished the 1998-99 NHL season. Clark signed with the Chicago Blackhawks later in 1999, but only appeared in 13 games with the team. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Upon returning to the Leafs in 2000, after being benched by the Blackhawks, Clark was not particularly effective for the remainder of the regular season, but he found his form for the Leafs' playoff run. The love that Leaf fans had for their former captain could be seen when they gave a 4 minute standing ovation after Clark barreled into the New Jersey zone' and hit the post in Game 1.[verification needed] During Game 4, Clark assisted on the game-winning goal that gave the Leafs a 2-1 victory and tied the series with the Devils. The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


Trivia

Wendel Clark holds the record for the longest span between NHL All-Star game appearances, with 13 years (1986-1999).


Career Statistics: 330 goals scored, 234 assists over 793 games played.


Along with onetime Leafs teammate Mike Gartner, both: never won the Stanley Cup or played in the Cup finals, won an NHL award, and were named to the postseason All-Star Team. Michael Alfred Gartner (born October 29, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes. ...


Clark formed the "Hound Line" with Gary Leeman and Russ Courtnall while helping the Leafs come within a game of the semi-finals. The Notre Dame Hounds are a Tier-II Junior A team based out of Wilcox, Saskatchewan. ... Gary Leeman (Born February 19, 1964 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former professional hockey player in the NHL. // Junior Career The Toronto native attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and was a standout defenceman for two seasons with the WHLs Regina Pats. ... Russ Courtnall (born on January 2, 1965 in Duncan, British Columbia). ...


Clark's cousin is ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose. Clark was captain of the Leafs and Melrose was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, when their teams faced off in the 1993 Campbell Conference Finals. Another cousin of Clark's is Joe Kocur, also a former NHL player. Barry Melrose (born July 15, 1956 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan) is a hockey player, coach and current commentator for ESPN and ABC. Melrose began his hockey career as a defenseman in the WCHL with the Kamloops Chiefs in 1974, eventually working his way up to the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA... Joe Kocur is a retired professional ice hockey player from Calgary, Alberta Province, Canada. ...


Clark was the subject of a song by Etobicoke, ON band Rheostatics: "The Ballad of Wendel Clark, Parts 1 and 2". The lyrics, dating back to 1988, celebrate Clark's aggressive style of play and power. Rheostatics are a Canadian indie rock band. ...


Wendel is now employed by the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club as a community ambassador and public relations. he can be seen at viurtually all Leaf home games, usually with his wife Denise and children.


He converted a barn on his farm north of Toronto into a rink with the help of former NHL player Dave Gagner, whose company builds and installs artificial rinks. Dave Gagner is a retired NHL player. ...


See also

Luc Robitaille, 2005: the A is also placed on the players left. ... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... // Brothers Andersson: Mikael, Niklas Arbour: Ernest Ty, Jack Babych: Dave, Wayne Benning: Brian, Jim Bentley: Doug, Max, Reg Biron: Martin, Mathieu Boucher: Frank, George, Billy, Bobby Bordeleau: JP, Chris Broderick: Ken, Len Broten: Aaron, Neal, Paul Bure: Pavel, Valeri Cain: Herb, Francis Callander: Drew, Jock Carlson: Jack, Steve Cavallini: Gino...

Sources

Internet Hockey Database biography of Clark
Wendel Clark at Legends of Hockey [1]

Preceded by
Mario Lemieux
NHL First Overall Draft Pick
1985
Succeeded by
Joe Murphy
Preceded by
Rob Ramage
Toronto Maple Leafs captains
1991-94
Succeeded by
Doug Gilmour

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Wendel Clark - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (278 words)
Clark was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 Entry Draft.
The serious back injury that Clark suffered during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks in 1987 when he was cross-checked into the crossbar of his goal probably ruined his chances of being a true superstar.
Wendel Clark holds the record for the longest span between NHL All-Star appearances, with 13 years (1986-1999).
Wendel Clark: Former Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs (185 words)
Wendel Clark, former team captain and one of the most beloved players in Toronto Maple Leafs history, retired from the NHL following the 1999/2000 season.
Clark’s return to Toronto in his last season of play brought full-circle a career that began in 1985 when he was selected first overall by Toronto in that year's draft.
Clark captained the Leafs from 1991 to 1994 and set career-highs in goals (46), assists (30) and points (76) during the 1993-94 season.
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