As the Toronto Maple Leafs brought a number 17 banner back to Kelvington, Wendel Clark’s hometown held a special day to honour the Leafs legend.
Clark watched as his banner rose to the roof of the Kelvington rec complex, signed autographs for a long line of fans, and even watched as Kelvington renamed a street after him.
Tracey Sauer is the Mayor of Kelvington, and says there is a story behind renaming South Railway Avenue as Wendel Clark Way.
“Wendel always did things his own way, so that’s why we said ‘Wendel Clark Way,’ because it’s his way,” Sauer says. “Because that street runs by the elevator, where his family and his Dad spent a lot of time, and by the rink, which again they spent a lot of time, it was just the most fitting place and thing to do.”
Sauer says it was important to celebrate Wendel Clark’s achievements.
“Lots of people say ‘one in a million,’ and this is a one in a million chance. Our odds of having somebody from our community that has done so well, as Wendel has, and who has remained humble, and remembered home and small town life, and represented his community.”
As part of the Leafs 100th season celebration, the team has been bringing Leafs legends banners to the hometowns of every player honoured by the club.
Clark, along with Prince Albert’s Johnny Bower, are the lone Saskatchewan hockey players to receive such honours from the Leafs organization.