Drafted 1st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft after spending his Junior career with his home Province Saskatoon Blades on the WHL. Clark represented Canada in the ’85 World Juniors winning Gold. In his rookie season with the Leafs, Wendel made an immediate impact in the league and with Leafs Nation. He scored 34 goals for 45 points and took on all comers racking up 227 penalty minutes. His physical style of play and offensive talent built the foundation of a great career and later leading to Clark becoming the Captain of the storied Maple Leafs. He led by example and was the one working the hardest and scoring the big goals.In 793 career NHL games Clark recorded 564 points and 1690 Penalty Minutes playing for Toronto, Quebec, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit & Chicago.
DALE HAWERCHUK (HHOF ’01)
Selected first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981 NHL Entry Draft after leading the Cornwall Royals to two consecutive Memorial Cup Championships. Hawerchuk led the Jets to the largest single season turnaround in NHL history – a 48-point improvement. He finished his rookie season with 103 points and easily won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the year. he would go on to post five consecutive 100+ point seasons in Winnipeg before being traded to Buffalo, Hawerchuk would lead the team in scoring three out of five seasons. He was instrumental in the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup victories. Signed by St. Louis as free agent in 1995, he recorded 41 points in 66 games before moving to Philadelphia, where he retired in 1997. His 518 goals and 891 assists give him 1409 points, ranking him 19th all-time. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is currently the Head Coach of the Barrie Colts in the OHL.
Drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, Shayne Corson would twice represent his country at the World Junior Championships, while playing in the OHL for the Hamilton Steelhawks, before turning pro with Montreal in 1986. He quickly established himself as a power forward and would spend parts of eight seasons with Montreal before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Shayne would spend the next three seasons with the Oilers before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues. He would spend just over a year with St. Louis before being dealt back to Montreal during the 1996-97 season. Shayne spent the next four seasons back with the team that drafted him, representing his country on the Olympic stage in Nagano in 1998, before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2000. He spent the next three years with the Maple Leafs before signing with the Dallas Stars prior to the 2003-04 season.
Darcy Tucker, is one of only four people to have won 3 Memorial Cup Championships. He won all three with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. Tucker also won a Gold medal for Canada at the World Juniors in 1995. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 6th round of the NHL entry draft in ’93. Even with an impressive junior career behind him he was still deemed too small by many to play pro. In his first year of pro in the AHL he won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Trophy as the leagues Outstanding Rookie and scored 93 points in 74 games. The following season he made the jump to the NHL with the Habs where he spent two full seasons before being traded to Tampa Bay. Tucker played in 947 regular season and 68 playoff games in his career for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche. He scored 215 goals and had 261 assists for 476 points, along with 1,410 penalty minutes.
Drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1984, Kris never ended up signing there. Instead, he set his sights on the motor city where he would begin his remarkable career. Kris played one full season in Detroit before heading to the New York Rangers. After three-and-a-half seasons, he moved again, this time to Winnipeg. Here, he would wear the “C” and go on to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1996. Kris is known in Winnipeg as one of the best leader’s the franchise had ever seen. When the team relocated to Phoenix in 1996, King followed. He signed as a free agent in Toronto in 1997 where he played all 82 games. King played in 916 NHL Games and recorded 2164 Penalty Minutes. Kris is currently working for the NHL as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Al Iafrate is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League between 1984 and 1998 after bring selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft He played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points when he was with the Washington Capitals and in a year that the Capitals set a record for most goals by defensemen on a team in one season. Al is perhaps most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record, which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h).