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Clark's No. 17 raised to ACC rafters

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TORONTO - Wendel Clark is now part of elite company.

The former Maple Leafs captain had his No. 17 raised to the rafters at Air Canada Centre during a ceremony on Saturday night.

He's the 16th player to be honoured by the blue and white, although the only two jerseys officially retired by the team are Bill Barilko's No. 5 and Ace Bailey's No. 6.

Clark is a former No. 1 overall draft pick that quickly developed into one of the most popular players in franchise history.

He had three different stints with the Maple Leafs and remains employed by the team as a community ambassador. Clark often played a reckless style of game during his prime - demonstrating as much willingness to check and fight as he did to trying to score.

The tributes for Clark went beyond the banner raising.

The Leafs players took the warmup in vintage Clark jerseys and many fans in the stands wore stick-on handlebar moustaches that were given out at the door.

Clark received a standing ovation as he took the ice after a video montage of some of his career highlights was shown.

Doug Gilmour's No. 93 will be the next banner put into the rafters by the Leafs. He'll be honoured in a ceremony on Jan. 31.

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