Wendel made it short and sweet

JODY VANCE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

How cool is Wendel Clark?

He is wicked-wrister cool. He is one-punch-knockout cool.

Wendel Clark is so cool he can pull off that cheesy handlebar moustache that very few can pull off.

A "what you see is what you get" kind of guy, he is a rare breed in the ever-growing culture of pro athletes having both public and private personas.

Wendel Clark is cool for many reasons but I say that the coolest thing about the Saskatchewan farm boy is how he's always a player at heart. Ask anyone in the game and they will tell you how they really, really, dislike anything that delays the start of a game.

Saturday night's banner ceremony and Clark's almost blink-and-you'll-miss-him speech was no surprise. All that needed to be said, "Thank-you," was said. The look on his face as the banner made the trip to the rafters spoke for him.

A very brief ceremony -- and this was by design - thanks to the man of the hour. Wendel Clark knows what matters more than pomp and circumstance: the game that made him great.

No one would have blamed him if he had milked it, he could have drawn out his moment and reveled in the adoration of his fans but, no, Wendel Clark the player is cooler than that. Even after eight years away from the game he knew the guys in skates were champing at the bit for puck drop.

It is for all of these reasons, and many more, that Wendel Clark is one of the very coolest ever -- cheesy moustache and all.

-- Jody Vance is a sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her column appears Mondays in 24 hours. 


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