Bleeding Blue is the story of the career of Wendel Clark.
Drafted first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1986, Clark went on to play in the NHL until 2000 when he was forced to retire due to injuries. While he didn’t win a Stanley Cup, Clark was an absolute force during his tenure terrorizing opponents with crushing hits and clutch goals. He’s widely regarded as one of the most beloved Maple Leafs players in franchise history having three separate stints with the team in the 90s. Bleeding Blue takes you through the many ups and downs over his relatively short career.
While I thought Bleeding Blue was a decent read, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot here for non-Leafs fans. Clark, while loved by the Toronto faithful, didn’t play with flash, didn’t smash records, and didn’t leave a memorable mark on the sport. However, that isn’t to say he was a bad player by any means. He often left everything on the ice and when he wasn’t injured, he was a complete player that coaches and teammates alike could count on.
If you’re a die-hard Leafs fan who jumped on the bandwagon during their memorable 1992-1993 season, then there will be enough here to grab your attention. However, if you’re not, well, it’s likely a skippable read.
GO LEAFS GO!