Player Profile

Bob Clarke
Gerneral Manager

In a 15-year career as a player, Bob Clarke of Flin Flon, MA, was The Franchise in Philadelphia, leading the club to consecutive Stanley Cup victories in 1973 and 1974. He also was a keystone of Canada's legendary eight-game victory over the Soviet Union in 1972, playing on a line withPaul Henderson and Ron Ellis.

Clarke was the first player on a post-1967-expansion club to record 100 or more points in a season and he won the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player in the National Hockey League three times (1972-73, 74-75, 75-76). Clarke was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.

The consummate leader as a player, Clarke has fashioned an excellent post-playing career as an NHL general manager with the then-Minnesota North Stars, the expansion Florida Panthers and, of course, the Philadelphia Flyers, for whom he has served as GM in two stints. Clarke, 47, served as GM of the Flyers from 1984-85 to 1989-90, and during that span the Flyers twice made it to the Stanley Cup finals (1985 and 1987), losing to the Edmonton Oilers both times. The club also played in the Stanley Cup final series in 1997.

Also in 1987, Clarke was part of a four-GM committee that managed Team Canada in the Canada Cup Tournament, a gold-medal performance for Canada.

He also was GM of the Minnesota North Stars in 1990-91 when that club, coached by Bob Gainey advanced to the Stanley Cup final, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As GM of the first-year Florida Panthers, Clarke drafted the core group of players that helped the Panthers advance to the Stanley Cup final in 1995-96, in just their fourth NHL season.
Clarke's second tour of duty in Philadelphia, as the Flyers' president and GM, began in 1994-95. His first two seasons back in Philadelphia, the Flyers, were divisional champions, losing in the Eastern Conference final in 1994-95 and in the conference semi-final last season.

Key Career Accomplishments

  • General Manager of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the World Hockey Championship in 1997
  • Member of a four-GM committee that helped Canada win the gold medal at the Canada Cup tournament in 1987
  • Member of gold-medal-winning Canadian team at 1976 Canada Cup
  • Member of Team Canada in eight-game Summit Series victory over Soviet Union in 1972
  • Captain of back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers' teams in 1973-74