From: Flin Flon, Manitoba
Robert Earle Clarke is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest hockey players and captains of all time.
- Born in 1949 in Flin Flon, Manitoba
- Played 15 NHL seasons from 1969 to 1984
Bobby Clarke vs Valeri Kharlamov. 1972 Summit Series Game 6
In 1972 the head coach of Team Canada, Harry Sinden, named Bobby Clarke as one of the first candidates for the Summit Series against the USSR. Clarke had two wingers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ron Ellis and Paul Henderson, and this threesome made a strong impression on observers during exhibition play.
After these games Bobby Clarke could have become a national hero. The merits he accumulated during his career were impressive.
- As a player, the former Philadelphia captain led his club to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.
- He also captured numerous individual awards, including the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 1973, 1975 and 1976,
- Made the All-Star Team four times.
He had a famous, captivating smile – with about a dozen missing teeth.
Flin Flon is a mining town; it is located on the boundary of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the majority of the town located within Manitoba.