Wendel Clark knew one way to play during his 15 NHL seasons. His 5-foot-11, 200-pound physique meant nothing competing with an indomitable work ethic against the beasts of the League.
One of the oldest of frayed cliches explains how it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Clark played all-out with no thoughts of putting his body in peril. His will to win made him immensely popular with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but at times overshadowed a natural ability that helped him total 330 goals and 564 points in 793 NHL games.
"I think because of his smaller stature people started to think, well, here's a guy who just made it on his heart. He was a very skilled guy too," said Barry Melrose, Clark's cousin, a former NHL player and coach and current NHL Network analyst. "He was an awesome combination of toughness, skill and heart. I think he was a pretty complete player."