Today in Hockey History: Philadelphia Flyers Bobby Clarke Born

Bobby Clarke

Hockey is finally back, but we at Last Word on Hockey are still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for August 13th, featuring Bobby Clarke.

Today in Hockey History

Flyers Bobby Clarke Born

1949: The Philadelphia Flyers great is born in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He captains the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup-winning Philadelphia teams. Clarke is not taken until the 17th pick of the 1969 NHL Draft. He sets a team record for points in his third season with a 81.

The Flyers captain scores an overtime-winner in Game 2 of the Final against the Boston Bruins. Philadelphia wins the series in six games and repeats with a victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Montreal Canadiens deny Philadelphia a three-peat in 1976. He finishes his NHL career with 1,210 points (358 goals, 852 assists) in 1,144 games and wins the Hart Trophy three times.

Other Notable Events

1938: Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton is born in Winnipeg. He gets checked hard into the boards in a game against the Oakland Seals on January 13, 1968. Masterton lands on his head and dies two days later. The Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey is created in his honour.

1973: Marty Turco is born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Turco owns the record for lowest single-season goals-against-average with 1.72 GAA in 55 games during the 2002-03 season with the Dallas Stars. It’s lowest GAA since Dave Kerr for the New York Rangers 63 years earlier. Turco plays nine seasons with the Stars and one each with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Bruins. He ends his career with a 275-167-40 record with 26 ties in 543 games.

2000: The Los Angeles Kings sign veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider to a deal. He plays two-plus seasons with the Kings before heading to the Detroit Red Wings in deal.

2002: Dallas signs veteran forward Ulf Dahlen to a free agent contract. The 35-year-old was part of the Washington Capitals during the previous season. He plays 63 games in his final season and scores 17 goals and 37 points.

Happy Birthday to You

1893: Joe Simpson

1949: Bobby Clarke

1961: Mark Osborne

1966: Shayne Corson

1971: Marcus Ragnarsson

1975: Marty Turco

1983: Ales Hemsky

1993: Johnny Gaudreau

1994: Filip Forsberg; Jujhar Khaira

1998: Carter Hart


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