The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate the achievements of one of their all-time favourite players in a special ceremony prior to their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, November 22. Wendel Clark, perhaps one of the most beloved Maple Leafs over the course of the past 25 years, will have a banner raised at Air Canada Centre to honour his extraordinary contribution to the Original Six franchise.
In celebration of Wendel Clark Night, all fans attending the game will receive a special Wendel Clark moustache. The moustache became Clark’s signature look during his tenure as a Leafs player. The moustache was a distinguished characteristic that stood out underneath his helmet. All Leafs fans are asked to wear the Wendel Clark moustache on Saturday. The goal is to turn the crowd at Air Canada Centre into 20,000 Clark look-alikes.
In addition to the Wendel Clark moustache, the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a special Wendel Clark bobblehead.
Clark will be recognized during a special pregame ceremony when his banner will be raised to the rafters. The #17 banner will join those of Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Walter ‘Turk’ Broda, Johnny Bower, Tim Horton, George Armstrong, Charlie Conacher, Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Clarence ‘Hap’ Day, Leonard ‘Red’ Kelly and Borje Salming.
Selected first overall by Toronto in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Wendel Clark is the club’s all-time leader in playoff goals with 34. The former left-winger recorded 260 goals, 181 assists, 441 points, and 1,535 penalty minutes during three stints and 608 games in a Leafs uniform. The native of Kelvington, Saskatchewan earned NHL All Rookie Honours in 1986, and he played in two NHL All-Star Games (1986 and 1999). The 14th captain in franchise history from 1991 to 1994 announced his retirement as a player June 29, 2000.
Beginning in the 1993-94 campaign, the hockey club began a practice in which former Maple Leafs greats were honoured. A special banner, portraying the player’s image and sweater number, is displayed permanently high above centre ice at the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With this custom, the former player’s honoured number stays in circulation and is deemed an “Honoured Number”.
The Toronto Marlies will host a mini banner night for Wendel Clark at their game against the Rochester Americans on Sunday, November 30 at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies will give away 5,000 replica mini banners similar to the one raised in Clark’s honour at Air Canada Centre to all fans in attendance. For tickets or more information visit torontomarlies.com