Former Kelvingtonian and NHL star Wendel Clark was recently spotted at the announcement of the 2015 inductees to the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.
At SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon on Jan. 17, Clark was named along with former Chicago Blackhawks player Guyle Fielder of Nipawin and grassroots inductee Elgar Petersen of Humboldt, who were among the 12 honourees.
The biography accompanying Clark’s announcement reads: “Clark had a very impressive career starting in Junior as a defenseman with the Saskatoon Blades. During his junior career he was on Team Canada’s Gold Medal winning team at the 1985 World Junior Championships. That same year he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Clark played the majority of his career with the Maple Leafs, but also dressed with 5 other teams. Clark was a member of the Maple Leafs from 1986-94, Nordiques in the 94-95 season, Islanders for part of the 1995-96 season before going back to Toronto until 1998. During the 1998-99 season he was with Tampa Bay and Detroit before finishing his career in the 1999-2000 season with Chicago and Toronto.
“During his professional career Clark played 793 games, collected 234 points, recorded 1690 penalty minutes and was the captain of the Maple Leafs. He was also selected to two NHL All-Star games, the first in 1986 and the second in 1999.”
Described as a “robust defenceman” with a “crushing body check” and a “deadly wrist shot” because his dad Les did not allow him to slapshot, Clark is one of the most visible former NHLers from Kelvington.
At only 48, he continues to work as a community ambassador for the Toronto Maple Leafs, supports several charities, owns two restaurants, Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Sports Lounge, recently opened Wendel Clark’s Meineke Car Care, and has written Wendel, My Life In Hockey, with Scott Morrison and Jef Jackson.
He and his wife Denise and their three children, along with his former NHL brother Kelly, often return to Kelvington for special events and to visit his mom Alma, who still resides there.
This year’s Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held July 17 at the Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt.
By Alison Squires