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Back in Time;Wendel Clark's rookie season?

I'm a Bruins fan who loved Wendel Clark's style (Jonathan/O'Reilly).Anyone old enough to remember his rookie impact on the city? I remember it from afar and it seemed to ignite the city. Am I right? Thanks.

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I'm a Bruins fan who loved Wendel Clark's style (Jonathan/O'Reilly).Anyone old enough to remember his rookie impact on the city? I remember it from afar and it seemed to ignite the city. Am I right? Thanks.
Yes. Almost instantly.

After years of turmoil, Clark was a breath of fresh air for fans and the team. His style of game is exactly what fans loved about him. Goals, Fights, Hits and a Leader. We need a player exactly like him on our current leafs.

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Yeah he was an instant fan favourite, pretty much our best scorer, fighter and body-checker as soon as he stepped in. It didn't take him no time at all to make an impact.

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Clark was amazing. As much as I remembered him being amazing, watching this video made me realize how much I'd forgotten just how phenomenal of a player he was. Give me 20 players like him and I'll never care if I see a Stanley Cup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEltpSMTDPM

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Clark was amazing. As much as I remembered him being amazing, watching this video made me realize how much I'd forgotten just how phenomenal of a player he was. Give me 20 players like him and I'll never care if I see a Stanley Cup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEltpSMTDPM
I don't know how many times I watched that clip.

That lock out year, all I did was watch the 93 playoffs and 90s Leafs on ESPN classic. Good times.

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I defy any true hockey fan to watch that clip and tell me that they don't truly respect Wendel! The guy was pure heart and soul, tough as nails, scared of no one, and had one of the best snap shots in the game... by far my favourite Leaf of all time...

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A throwback player like no other. Shame is we'll never see a player of that breed again. He and Cam Neely really were in a class of their own, along with Rick Tocchet.

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I keep that video on my phone at all times

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after rick vaive was finished scoring 50 and then either not going to the playoffs or flaming out in the first round, wendel clark arrived on the scene.

he fought all comers, he scored, he brought instant and urgent credibility to a starving hockey city. it was truly amazing what a change occured the moment he stepped on the ice. a laughingstock team won first round playoff upsets in his first two years

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I'm a Bruins fan who loved Wendel Clark's style (Jonathan/O'Reilly).Anyone old enough to remember his rookie impact on the city? I remember it from afar and it seemed to ignite the city. Am I right? Thanks.
he had the biggest immediate impact of any rookie the Leafs drafted durring my lifetime. I just wish we'd gotten that 1st overall pick a year earlier.

AND as a FYI, we picked Clark (more than likely) because Simpson said he'd never sign with us.

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Give me 20 players like him and I'll never care if I see a Stanley Cup:
Nobody would ever pass or be able to carry the puck out of their own zone.

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Wendel carried the franchise on his back, his game 6 in L.A. in 93 was pure Wendel as was his pounding of McSorley in game 5 (I think it was game 5).
Have had the pleasure of meeting Wendel a few times, you would not believe what a humble and nice guy he is. Without a doubt my favourite Leaf, # 17 shud be hanging from the rafters!!!

His fights with Probert were legandary.


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I always wondered what Wendel could have accomplished if he'd stayed healthy... but then I suppose he wouldn't have been the player he was if he hadn't been willing to take that punishment and injury. And as great as he was physically, he was always a really great scorer and able to create space and separation before letting his awesome snap shot go.

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