On November 22, Wendel Clark's #17 will be raised to the rafters as the team honours its former captain and arguably the most popular player in franchise history.
In the lead up to that night, Down Goes Brown will feature a countdown of Wendel's Top 17 Greatest Moments.
When I was a kid growing up, there were three hypothetical fights that everyone debated endlessly even though we knew they could never actually happen:
- Batman vs. Superman
- Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
- Wendel Clark vs. Cam Neely
Remember a few months ago when they turned on the Large Hadron Collider and some people were genuinely worried that it could cause the universe to implode onto itself? That's what people thought might happen if Clark and Neely ever fought.
Cam Neely, of course, was a monster badass. He spent most of his career throwing crushing bodychecks, scoring whenever he wanted to, and destroying anyone foolish enough to drop the gloves with him. He was completely unstoppable.
In short, he was a poor man's Wendel Clark.
If Clark and Neely ever did meet, the theory went, the resulting fight would include so much pent-up awesomeness that it would blind anyone who looked directly at it, kill anyone on the ice at the time, and probably last until the earth was swallowed by the sun.
Or, you know, it could be a two punch fight that ended with Neely turtling for the first and only time in his career. One or the other.
Wendel Clark just kicked your ass, Seabass!