Wendel Clark

Wendel Clark

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Toronto, Ontario

Hockey Legend | Leadership Expert | Team Dynamics | Resilience | and On-Ice Strategy

Wendel Clark is a hockey legend and former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, renowned for his gritty play and scoring prowess. Selected first overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, he enjoyed a 15-season NHL career, including 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs. Beyond his on-ice achievements, Clark is a dedicated community ambassador and motivational speaker, known for his deep connection with fans and his commitment to inspiring others through his experiences.
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Up my hockey podcast is with Toronto Maple Leaf's legend, Wendel Clark.

Jason Padolian

Wendel Clark - NHL Legend on Grit, Toughness, and Playing Against All-Time Greats Podcast Embed Link:
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THE OVERTIME PODCAST

Gino Redo

Wendel Clark Started his NHL career as a D man..???

Wendel Clark Biography

Wendel Clark, born in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, is the former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs and one of the most beloved players in the team’s history. Renowned for his blend of grit and scoring ability, Clark is celebrated not only for his on-ice achievements but also for his deep connection with the fans. His areas of expertise include professional hockey, team leadership, and public engagement, making him a sought-after speaker for sports events and motivational talks.

Clark’s professional hockey career is marked by his dedication and versatility. Selected first overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, he quickly became a pivotal player for the team. Over his 15-season NHL career, he played 13 seasons with the Leafs, with additional stints at the Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, and Chicago Blackhawks. Clark’s early highlight was leading Canada to gold at the 1985 World Junior Hockey Championships, a testament to his skill and leadership even in his teenage years.

Clark’s education in the realm of professional hockey began on the ice rather than in a classroom, though his practical training and experiences provided him with invaluable insights. The lessons learned from his time with various NHL teams contributed significantly to his understanding of teamwork, strategy, and resilience. His on-the-job education in handling high-pressure situations and leading by example has made him an expert in motivating and guiding others.

Throughout his career, Clark developed numerous skills and areas of expertise. Known for his powerful body checks and willingness to engage physically, he was one of the best enforcers in the league. His ability to score goals and create plays made him a dual threat on the ice. Off the ice, Clark has honed his skills in public speaking and event planning, often sharing his experiences and insights with audiences at various engagements. His knowledge of professional sports dynamics and team leadership remains a cornerstone of his expertise.

Wendel Clark’s accomplishments have earned him significant recognition. Not only did he help Canada secure a gold medal at the 1985 World Junior Championships, but he also amassed an impressive 330 goals and 563 points over 793 NHL games. His 1,690 penalty minutes underscore his tough playing style. Despite the physical toll that led to his retirement at 33, Clark’s impact on the sport and his fans endured. His rock star-like status among Leafs Nation is a testament to his enduring legacy and the respect he commands in the hockey community.

Beyond his professional achievements, Clark is known for his down-to-earth personality and commitment to his roots. He remains an active figure in the hockey world, engaging with fans and participating in community events. His personal interests and approachable nature make him a relatable figure, admired not just for his professional success but also for his character and dedication to the sport.

Books

Bleeding Blue: Giving My All for the Game
Bleeding Blue: Giving My All for the Game
Funny, fierce, and gritty, Bleeding Blue recounts every struggle and success of Wendel Clark’s rough-and-tumble journey to becoming one of hockey’s greatest heroes. As a young boy growing up in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Wendel Clark never dreamed of an NHL career.
Wendel: My life in hockey
Wendel: My life in hockey

Articles & Media

Greatest Maple Leafs: No. 18 Wendel Clark

Sportsnet+

On the June day in 1985 when the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Wendel Clark—a robust defenceman from the Saskatoon Blades—first overall, he represented hope that perhaps one day it could get better.
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Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Wendel Clark on the best player he played with, the biggest perk of being captain and why his teams were so popular

National Post (NP)

With a skeletal roster made up of mostly young players who were still learning how to become pros, the Leafs won just 20 games all season and finished dead last. And for the first time in franchise history, they had the No. 1 pick, which they used on Wendel Clark, a farm boy from Saskatchewan who already had a moustache and a rebellious reputation.
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What Maple Leafs legend Wendel Clark has to say about Connor Bedard and the ‘all-circus tour’

theStar

Wendel Clark had two fights at his first Maple Leafs training camp – both with Bob McGill, a teammate. “In my first two exhibition games, I fought Marty McSorley twice.” Of course Clark, arguably the all-time quintessential Leaf, arrived in the NHL as not just the No. 1 draft pick, but a roughhousing teen out of the West, projected as the saviour of a moribund franchise, catalyst for the reawakening. He was 18 years old.
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Wendel Clark was good, just not good enough

YorkRegion

If I were calling the shots, I would leave King City resident, former Leafs captain and fan favourite Wendel Clark out of the group of 10. There are just too many Leaf greats over the century for Wendel, who inspires affection from many current fans, to make the cut.
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NHL Network

SBC

NHL TONIGHT: ALL-STAR PREGAME Maple Leafs legend Wendel Clark joins NHL Tonight with his old teammate Mike Johnson!
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Rogers tv

SBC

An interview with former Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Wendel Clark
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Wendel Clark Topic Presentations

Teambuilding- Lessons From the Nhl Greats

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  • During his triumphant 15-year NHL career, Wendel Clark played with the best and the brightest NHL stars. Today, as a keynote speaker, he shares lessons learned in team building straight from the ice. Clark brings audiences on a journey through his NHL career, beginning as an 18-year-old from a small town in Saskatchewan to playing alongside the greats such as Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin, Nick Lidstrom, and many more. He reveals how they shaped him into a better player and leader, and how he still applies those lessons today as an ambassador for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Testimonials

The kind of leadership Wendel Clark provides is difficult to quantify. It’s not just scoring big goals and it can’t be manufactured. It’s being genuine and it’s being smart and it’s being yourself – not just on the ice but on the bus, in the trainer’s room and in the restaurant. For Wendel Clark, it’s being, Wendel Clark, the genuine article.- “Captains” by Michael Ulmer

Wendel Clark humanizes the sport of hockey. To the players, the game is fun, but it’s also a lot of work… painful work. And he shows how appreciated the fans are – they’re a part of the game. If you were a fan of the Leafs through the ’80s and ’90s, you’ll love all the behind-the-scenes stories from the ice and dressing rooms.

I have always respected Wendel Clark, not just for his play but also his leadership and from all I had heard he was a good guy who loved what he was doing. As a man who served three different stints in Toronto, starting with being drafted by Toronto to his third time in the blue and white and retiring form the game. Clark entered the league with a bang, in the 1985-86 season he has 45 points and 227 penalty minutes in 66 games. In his final season he played 33 games and had a total 6 points and 34 penalty minutes. But I remember this older more mature Clark providing leadership on and off the ice.

Steven R. McEvoy

Wendel Clark is a Toronto Maple Leafs Icon,it’s a great injustice to the leafs that his career was plagued by injure. He gave his best effort night in & night out despite being in pain nearly every step of the way.Wendel was a special player, you’ll never see another Wendel Clark in the NHL.

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