Emerson Clark Looks to Crack Stacked Toronto Roster

It has been a pretty good year to date for the Whitby, ON native after winning his second Minto Cup in three years and being drafted 35th overall in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft to the Toronto Rock this past September. Not to mention, this dual sport athlete just finished his Junior hockey career with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League and earned an invite to the Rockford Ice Hogs training camp of the American Hockey League.

If his hockey career doesn’t pan out, Clark will be both fighting for a roster spot and on the floor with the Toronto Rock this winter.  Clark won his second Minto Cup this past summer with the Whitby Warriors as a key member of the squad with his veteran leadership.  Clark played primarily transition but would also jump on offense when Coach Keenan needed him to, showing off his offensive talents from time to time. If he wasn’t putting the ball in the net, he was sending a clear message to the opposing team’s players that if anyone wants to fight, he will be the one to stand up for his team.

In three regular seasons with the Warriors, Clark scored 16 points (3G, 13A) racked up 234 penalty minutes in only 25 games.  In nine playoff games between 2012 and 2013, he scored 5 goals and three points and sat in the box 50 minutes with majority of these PIMs being fighting majors over three seasons.

Look for the former Whitby Warriors Minor Lacrosse graduate to battle hard for a roster spot on an already stacked Rock roster in 2014.  If he can balance his minutes on the floor and in the penalty box while still bringing that edge mixed in with some offensive outbursts, Clark may find himself wearing the Rock jersey come January.