Backchecking: Bob Clarke Continues Legacy in Front Office

July 28th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »

If we could all accomplish just a fraction of what Bob Clarke did in his career, I’m sure we would all be content with our lives.

Clarkie, as he is affectionately referred to by fans and friends, started his professional career putting up impressive numbers for the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior League. However, he was rarely scouted, as few teams sent scouts to Western Canada in the 1960s. Clarke recognized the difficulties with exposure and believed that only a couple of NHL teams were scouting him.

Although he was a dangerous offensive threat, many teams that did see him passed on his services in the 1969 NHL draft because he had diabetes.

“Just pissed me off,” Clarke said of teams not willing to take a chance on him. “But anyone who’s com ...

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