When NHL legend Wendel Clark broke into the league, he had the great pleasure of playing in Maple Leafs Gardens, one of the great old barns in hockey.
Now years later, Clark is showing off his own old barn in the upcoming issue of Acreage Life magazine.
The much celebrated Toronto Maple Leafs left winger retired in 2000, and moved full time into the 40 acre family farm in King County north of Toronto.
Clark, who grew up on a farm in tiny Kelvington, Saskatchewan, doesn't have the stereotypical farm though. Surrounded by cornfields and meadows, he turned a barn designed as a horse stable and riding area into a 5,500 square foot hockey arena.
"I know a little bit about horses," says Clark, "but I know a lot about rinks and ice. I like rinks and ice."
The ice is well used by Clark and his three kids and their friends. The kids' hockey teams hold regular practices there. He shows off the rink and his whole home in Acreage Life magazine, due on bookshelves on February 22nd, 2008.
Clark jokes that keeping the rink in top shape is his day job, though he is now rather pre-occupied with a new business venture, Wendel Clark's Classic Grill and Sports Lounge, in Vaughan, Ontario.