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.
Here's a good example of why you shouldn't admire your own pass when Wendel Clark is nearby. This is from game five of the first round of the 1995 playoffs.
Note on the replay the way that Chelios's body braces for the hit even though he never sees it coming. That's how hard Wendel Clark bodychecks were -- they sent a shockwave of force that impacted several seconds before the actual hit.
I also enjoy the way that Chelios has to stop and check to see if his face is still there.
Now I have a theory about this hit, and I want you to hear me out. As everyone knows, Chris Chelios is still active in the NHL 13 years later. He's 46 years old, but shows no indication of retiring soon. He doesn't skate well, but he still gets by thanks largely to a serious mean streak.
Old. Mean. Very slow. No longer seems to age.
I think Wendel Clark killed Chris Chelios with this hit, and we've been seeing Zombie Chris Chelios ever since.
It makes sense, doesn't it? Zombies are often the result of somebody being exposed to unspeakable evil, and we know Chelios spent several years with the Habs. I think the league should look into this, because it would seriously taint the Red Wings recent Cup wins if they've been using a zombie player.
Also, somebody should probably stab Zombie Chelios in the heart with a wooden stake. Just to be safe.