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.
DENIS SAVARD (HHOF ’00)
Drafted third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1980, Denis Savard scored 75 points as a rookie. The next year, he scored119 points and went on to hit the 100-point mark for the next five seasons – including 131 points in 1987-88. After 10 seasons with the Blackhawks, Savard went to Montreal in exchange for Chris Chelios. Although his production slowed slightly, he still hit the 50-point mark in 1993 and won the elusive Stanley Cup. The next year, he joined the Tampa Bay Lightning and then was reacquired by Chicago in 1995. A rejuvenated Savard helped the Blackhawks excel in the playoffs. He retired after the 1996-1997 season. After serving as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks, Savard was named head coach of the Blackhawks in 2006 and served in this role over parts of three seasons. Today, Savard is an ambassador with the Blackhawks.
Rick Vaive played in the NHL from 1979-1992 and is best remembered as the first 50 goal scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a feat he accomplished three times. He entered the NHL in 1979 after being selected 5th overall by the Vancouver Canucks, after an impressive junior career with the Sherbrooke Castors. He scored 54 goals in 1981-82, 51 goals in 1982-83 and 52 goals in 1983-84. He was also captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982-86. In 1987, he was traded to Chicago, scoring 43 goals in his first season and afterwards, spent 4 season with the Buffalo Sabres, retiring in 1992. In 1993, he joined the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Canucks and has served as a minor-league coach in Hamilton, Charleston, St. John and Mississauga in the OHL.
Darcy Tucker is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, who played most of his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tucker was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, where he played for three seasons before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000. On July 1, 2008, he joined the Colorado Avalanche and Tucker announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the NHL on October 1, 2010
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.
Antropov, hails from Kazakhstan was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 10th overall in the ’98 NHL Entry Draft. He made his pro debut with the Maple Leafs in the ‘99/’00 season. In his rookie season he tallied 30 points in 66 games. He spent almost 9 seasons with the Maple Leafs before moving to the NY Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and finished his NHL career in Winnipeg. Antropov played in 788 regular season NHL Games and had 465 points. He also represented his homeland in the World Juniors, World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Mike Krushelnyski learned the fundamentals of the game in his hometown Montreal, that lead to a NHL career of almost 900 games. Drafted by Boston in 1979 he spent two years in the organization before joining full time in 1982-83. He scored 23 goals and 65 points in his rookie season and quickly became regarded as one of the best young players in hockey. Traded in 84-85 season to the Oilers where he recorded his career highs as well as the Stanley Cup and played in the 1985 All-Star Game. Krushelnyski was part of the biggest trades in NHL history, On August 9, 1988, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Wayne Gretzky and Marty McSorley. He played with the Kings before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1990-91. He was with Toronto for four seasons before signing for one year with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. He finished his career in 1996-97.
Al Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He spent almost 7 seasons in Toronto where he was known as one of the best skaters in the game. Iafrate played in four All-Star Games and at the ’93 game set the record for the hardest slapshot at 105.2 MPH and held this record for 16 years. 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 while playing in Toronto, Washington, Boston, and San Jose. HE is also well known for having one of the best hockey hairdo’s The Mullet!
Kraig started playing competitive hockey at the age of 19, joining the Sarnia Jr. Bees. He quickly became a skilled player and went onto play NCAA Div. I with R.P.I. winning a National Championship in 1985. After college he spent a few seasons between Boston and their AHL farm team before going to Europe where he played professionally for 10 more seasons. He is currently the lead singer in the band 9 House and has opened for Tom Cochrane and The Tragically Hip at charity events.
Primeau was drafted in the 1st Round, 17th overall in the ’94 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He scored a goal in his first NHL game during the ‘94/’95 season but didn’t become a full time NHL’er until the ‘96/’97 season with the Sabres. Wayne would spend the next 4 seasons in Buffalo and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in ‘98/’99 only to lose in triple OT on the controversial goal by Brett Hull, now commonly known in Sabre Land as NO GOAL! Wayne would go onto play in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Boston, Calgary and finished his career in Toronto in 2010. His career totals are 864 Games Played with 215 points.
Matthew was the fourth round, 84th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Barnaby is a graduate of the QMJHL. In his first full season in the NHL, with the Buffalo Sabres, Barnaby led the league with 335 minutes in penalties. Barnaby also played for Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars. Everywhere he went Barnaby became a fan favorite with his feisty play and give all attitude. He finished his career with 834 games played and over 2500 penalty minutes.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL entry draft and making his NHL debut with the Pens in ’87 a team he would play 2 seasons with before moving to Winnipeg in an off season move. In 1989. As a Jet, he enjoyed the finest offensive season of his career, scoring 25 goals and 26 assists. McLlwain has the distinction of playing for four different NHL teams in a single season. He started as a Jet playing three games, was traded to Buffalo where he skated in five games, was traded to the Islanders, playing 54 games on Long Island, then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final eleven games of their season. McLlwain played 1992-93 with Toronto but with Ottawa entering the league, he was picked up in the Waiver Draft. The dust never really got to settle on Dave’s suitcase, as during the 1995-96 season, he was dealt to Pittsburgh. The next season, he signed with the New York Islanders as a free agent where he ended his NHL career.
Gary Leeman played nearly 700 NHL games for five different clubs. He was best known as a gritty scorer on the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 50-goal season to his credit. Drafted in 1982, he secured a place on the Leafs in 1983-84. By the 1985-86 season, Leeman started to use his speed and shot more effectively. He formed the “Hound Line” with Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall and eventually became a top goal scorer for the club with four-straight 20-goal seasons. In 1988-89, he scored 32 goals and was an All-Star; the next year, he became the second Toronto player after Rick Vaive to register a 50-goal season. In 1992, he was the key player traded to Calgary for Doug Gilmour. Leeman played for Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver and St. Louis in the ensuing years and then played in Europe before retiring in 1999.
Warriner was a highly touted player in Junior and was selected 4th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1992 NHL entry draft. Before making his NHL debut Todd won a silver medal for Canada at the 1994 Olympics. In 1995 he became a regular with the Toronto Maple Leafs and spent 6 seasons in Toronto before being traded to Tampa Bay. Todd spent 2 seasons in Tampa followed by stops in Phoenix, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Nashville. He totaled 249 points in 453 NHL games.
Shannon was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leaf’s after only one season in the OHL. In his second season, he was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s outstanding defenceman as well as being named a second all-star. His final season as a junior saw Shannon collect 83 points in only 60 games. as well as the Leaf’s, he played for the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabers, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, and the Montreal Canadiens. Shannon played 544 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 28 goals and 111 assists for 139 points and collecting 523 penalty minutes. He would retire at the end of the ’01 season with the Montreal Canadiens.
Craig Muni was Toronto’s second round draft pick in 1980. In 1986, he went to Edmonton as a free agent. For the next seven seasons, he was a mainstay on the Oiler blue line, earning three Stanley Cups in the process. Following the 1993 season, he played with Chicago, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Dallas, before retiring in 1998.