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Wendel Clark

He played with heart over 15 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (three times), Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. Wendel Clark was a member of the Blue and White when he made the emotional announcement of his retirement in 2000.

He arrived in Toronto as a farm boy from Saskatchewan, taken first overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Using his remarkable shot and sheer determination, Clark rapidly established himself as a cornerstone for a brighter Leafs’ future. It was Cliff Fletcher who anointed Clark as Leafs captain from 1991 to ’94 – and it was also Fletcher who turned Clark into Mats Sundin during a blockbuster and controversial trade with the Nordiques in the summer of ’94. In typical Clark fashion, he commended Fletcher’s savvy in the deal noting that Sundin went on to star for the Leafs long after his NHL career ended!

Clark registered 260 of his 330 NHL regular-season goals with Toronto. He had 564 career points (441 with Toronto) in 793 regular-season games (608 with Toronto). Clark possesses the Leafs record with 34 playoff goals and ranks fifth with 61 postseason points. His No. 17 was honoured by the Leafs on November 22, 2008. Clark and Darryl Sittler gracefully, enthusiastically and proudly serve as community representatives for the Leafs.

Clark has long been a supporter of Easter Seals, initially as a player. In 2011 Clark served as Honourary Chair of the Rogers Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner.

Curt Harnett

Cyclist Curt Harnett first competed for Canada internationally at the 1983 Pan American Games. Fittingly two years ago he was named Chef de Mission for the Toronto 2015 Canadian Pan American Team.

He has loved cycling since he first rode a bike without training wheels at the age of five. But in the beginning, his focus was on hockey. He was introduced to competitive cycling by his high school football coach (who just happened to be the President of the Thunder Bay Cycling Club) as a way of staying in shape for hockey during the offseason. It was during a tryout for an OHL team that Curt decided to pursue a full-time cycling career. Two years later he won Silver at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles!

The Match Sprint, a 750-metre, one-on-one cycling race commonly held on a 250-metre track, eventually became his specialty. He was the World Record holder in his event for 11 years, becoming the first man to break the elusive 10-second barrier for 200 metres in a time 9.865 seconds.

He won over 30 National Titles and represented Canada at four Olympic Games, bringing home three Olympic Medals (one Silver; two Bronze). He retired from cycling after his Bronze Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Curt was inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2006. He was the Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games.