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Looking back at Bob Clarke's legacy on anniversary of his 1,000th point

Looking back at Bob Clarke's legacy on anniversary of his 1,000th point

When looking back at some of the best to ever play in the NHL, the names Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and Bob Clarke tend to be some of the first to come to mind. These are the players who have helped mold athletes and the NHL to what we know today.

Luckily for Philadelphia, the Flyers have one of the greats, and he is not only regarded as the best player in franchise history but also an ambassador to the sport as a whole.

March 19, 1981, is one of the more memorable dates for Clarke as he registered his 1,000th NHL point. This point, a goal, came in front of a home crowd at the Spectrum in the third period during a matchup against the Bruins. The Flyers wound up beating Boston, 5-3, but it’s the moments leading up to that milestone point that make it that much more memorable. 

Even though the league began enforcing the wearing of helmets starting in June 1979, there was essentially a grandfather clause that allowed Clarke and other veteran players to continue without it. He probably wished he had one on earlier in this game when he took a slap shot to the head. 

Shortly after, Clarke returned to the bench with a handful of stitches and a bloodied sweater. He was on a mission to put away the Bruins and did just that with a little help of Tim Kerr, who registered his first NHL hat trick on the same night. 

Clarke had three more seasons with the Flyers and ended his career with 1,210 points total, a franchise record. Bill Barber comes in at second with 883, Brian Propp has 849 and Claude Giroux continues to nudge his way up the rankings and is currently fourth overall with 815. While Giroux still has a ways to go to top Clarke’s record, he's just 185 points away from being only the second member of the 1,000-point club with the Flyers. 

For those who were not around during the era of the Broad Street Bullies and could not witness that moment of history, it’s an exciting time to be able to watch Giroux make this run — to witness their own bit of history for the Flyers. 

Clarke’s number was officially retired by the organization in 1984, just one season after his career came to an end. That night will forever be remembered as “Bobby Clarke Night.” 

He remains one of the most decorated players in team history, with two Stanley Cups. He's also a three-time Hart Trophy winner (1973, 1975 and 1976), winner of the Selke Trophy (1983), the Lester Patrick Award (1980) and the Masterton Trophy (1972). 

In 2017, Clarke was on the NHL's list of the “100 greatest NHL Players." Other Flyers who made the list were Bernie Parent, Eric Lindros, Paul Coffey, Peter Forsberg, Jaromir Jagr, Adam Oates, Chris Pronger and Darryl Sittler.

His legacy is one that will live on forever as he helped pave the way for the NHL and hockey in Philadelphia for years to come. 

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Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

It looks like hockey is on its way back, and before the players resume formal practices the sportsbooks wasted no time releasing odds on which team will take home Lord Stanley’s Cup In 2020. 

For bettors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, FOX Bet and FanDuel lists the orange and black at 11-1 ($100 bet pays $1,100). These numbers are right around what the Flyers were listed at right before the coronavirus pandemic caused the sports world to come to a screeching halt. The Flyers have the seventh-best odds to win the Cup behind Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Washington. 

According to the Superbook in Las Vegas, the Flyers are listed at 12-1 ($100 bet will win $1,200) to be crowned champions. The Flyers opened up at odds of 25-1 last May. 

Back on Halloween, the Flyers’ odds reached as high as 50-1 to win the title. Over the course of the year, the odds have gone up and down like the Sea Serpent roller coaster on Wildwood’s boardwalk. In early February, their odds rose again to around 40-1 before a winter hot streak.

In case you were wondering, the "Play Gloria" St. Louis Blues opened at 40-1 to win the Cup a season ago. That season ended with a mini Mummers celebration down in South Philadelphia. Let’s hope we have something to celebrate come this fall, even if it means we still have to social distance and not celebrate in grand fashion down Broad Street. 

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NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return to play format

NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return to play format

It’s a wonderful day in the world of hockey. 

Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman elaborated on some of the best news fans have heard in a long time … hockey is most likely returning. While a detailed layout of the league’s Phase 2 had already been released earlier in the week, this is the first time Bettman, himself, spoke about the subject

There is a tentative timeline in place for such things to begin — but everything seems more tangible now than ever. 

If there had never been a stoppage in play during March and the season progressed normally, only two teams would have been left in the race for the Stanley Cup. Now, with a promising future and the approved 24-team playoff format, we’re looking ahead to summer hockey. 

Which honestly doesn’t seem too bad, right? 

We know there are many more steps that need to be put in place before the playoffs do take off, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is going to dwindle. In fact, this has been one of the most optimistic days on social media since the league was put on hold 76 days ago — especially with Flyers fans. 

Here are some of the best instant reactions to Bettman’s press conference — feelings you are probably all experiencing now, as well.

Hang on Flyers fans, I have a feeling we're about to have one crazy summer! 

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