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Centennial Portraits

Bobby Clarke, Luc Robitaille portraits unveiled

Color paintings of greats will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017 as part of Centennial Celebration

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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 forwards Bobby Clarke and Luc Robitaille are being unveiled in the seventh installment.

In his 100 Greatest NHL Players profile on center Bobby Clarke, author Stu Hackel wrote, "Like the [Philadelphia Flyers teams] 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." 

Luc Robitaille's story, as written by author Wayne Coffey, is of a player not many gave a chance to make it in the NHL but who became the highest-scoring left wing in League history (668 goals, 1,394 points).

"Robitaille's name wasn't called until more than 100 spots after that of a heralded prep baseball pitcher from Massachusetts, Tom Glavine, the [Los Angeles] Kings' fourth-round pick and a future baseball Hall of Famer," Coffey wrote. "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.'"

 

Bobby Clarke

 

 

Luc Robitaille

 

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