As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian, as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.
This week, the portraits of Philadelphia Flyers legend Bobby Clarke, and Luc Robitaille, the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history, are being unveiled in the seventh installment.
In his 100 Greatest NHL Players profile on Clarke, author Stu Hackel wrote, "Like the club he sparked to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, Clarke combined high-level skill with high-level antagonism. On one hand, he was a supreme playmaker, a crafty and timely goal-scorer, an indefatigable checker, a virtuoso faceoff specialist -- a complete player. On the other hand, he could also be a vicious stickman, a cheap-shot artist and an incorrigible instigator."
Robitaille's story, as written by author Wayne Coffey, is of a player not many gave a chance to make it in the NHL.
"Robitaille's name wasn't called until more than 100 spots after that of a heralded prep baseball pitcher from Massachusetts, Tom Glavine, the Kings' fourth-round pick and a future baseball Hall of Famer. It might not have been called at all were if not for the late Alex Smart, a part-time, Ottawa-based scout for the Kings whom Robitaille calls 'the one person [who] believed in me. I owe my career to Alex Smart,' Robitaille said. 'He was the only scout that ever talked to me. I was on one (team's scouting) list'."