If you lived in Toronto during the 1980s, you might remember the slogan "Be Nice, Clear Your Ice." It was a gentle reminder to residents that they were required to clear the sidewalk around their homes and businesses within 12 hours of a snowfall. In 1987, the city enlisted Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Wendel Clark — then only in his third year in the in NHL — to help spread the message.
In this classic PSA, Clark tells Torontonians that if we don't shovel our walks, "we could be penalizing somebody's ability to get around" (yes, that's a hockey joke). He then skates toward the net and fires off a wrist shot that's expertly snagged by... Lloyd Moseby, the Toronto Blue Jays' centre fielder at the time. "You should see me catch a baseball," he quips. Clark looks about as confused and pleased as viewers in '87 must have felt.
The ad was preceded by this one from 1985, animated and narrated by the cartoonist Ben Wicks:
If you missed it earlier this week, Clark was in the red chair on Monday, talking about everything from the Canadian Olympic team to how it felt having his number retired in Toronto. Catch his full interview on our videos page.