It didn't take long for the high expectations of Maple Leafs fans on NHL Draft day in 1985 to be realized. Chosen by the Maple Leafs with the first overall selection, Wendel Clark's truculent style and heavy wrist shot quickly endeared him to the Leafs' faithful starting just a few months later. In 1985-86, Clark established a club scoring record for rookies by registering a team-high 34 goals and his 'rough and tumble' approach was even on display in the NHL All-Star Game that same season. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and he was second in voting for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year.
The native of Kelvington, Saskatchewan captained the Maple Leafs from 1991 to 1994 and set career highs in goals (46), assists (30) and points (76) during the 1993-94 season. During the Leafs stirring playoff runs to the 1993 and 1994 conference finals, Clark's accomplishments included; a conference final road hat trick in Game Six (1993) versus Los Angeles followed by two goals in Game Seven, two goals in Game Seven versus the Blues in the 1993 conference semi-finals, and two goals in both 'elimination games' (Game Six and Seven) of the 1994 conference semi-final's against the Sharks.
He was selected to the club's 'Top 25 Players List' during the team's 75th Anniversary Season in 2001-02.
In three stints, 608 games and 13 seasons spent with the club, the left-winger ranks among the Maple Leafs all-time leaders in points (16th, 441), goals (8th, 260), penalty minutes (3rd, 1535), playoff points (4th, 61) and playoff goals (1st, 34).
Clark announced his retirement as a player on June 29, 2000 and he is certainly one of the most beloved Toronto Maple Leafs over the past 30 years. On November 2, 2000, Clark was named a community representative for the organization. Along with Darryl Sittler, Clark represents the hockey club in all areas of Marketing, Community Relations, and Alumni Relations.
On November 22, 2008, Clark's Honoured Number banner was raised to the rafters of Air Canada Centre in a stirring pregame ceremony.