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Aug. 13: Hockey Hall of Fame members Clarke, Masterton born

Center helped Flyers win Stanley Cup twice; forward namesake for trophy awarded for perseverance

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 13

1949: Bobby Clarke, the leader of the Philadelphia Flyers' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975, is born in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

Clarke, a diabetic, isn't taken until the second round (No. 17) of the 1969 NHL Draft but quickly shows that the disease won't affect his play. By his third NHL season, the center sets set a franchise record with 81 points and is the unquestioned leader of an up-and-coming team at age 22.

The Flyers advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 1974. Clarke scores an overtime goal in Game 2 to give the Flyers a series-tying victory at Boston Garden, and the Flyers defeat the Bruins in six games to win their first championship. They win again in 1975 but are denied a three-peat by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976.

Clarke finishes his career with 1,210 points (358 goals, 852 assists) in 1,144 games and wins the Hart Trophy three times. He is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.

Video: Bobby Clarke led Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups

 

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1938: Bill Masterton is born in Winnipeg. Masterton, a forward playing for the first-year Minnesota North Stars, isn't wearing a helmet when he is checked hard in a game against the Oakland Seals on Jan. 13, 1968, and lands on his head. He dies two days later. The Bill Masterton Trophy is first awarded later that year to honor the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

 

1975: Marty Turco, owner of the lowest single-season goals-against average in the NHL since 1940 (minimum 40 games played) is born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Dallas Stars select Turco in the fifth round (No. 124) in the 1994 NHL Draft, but he plays four seasons at the University of Michigan and two in the minor leagues before joining the Stars in 2000-01 as Ed Belfour's backup. Turco becomes the starter after Belfour leaves as a free agent in 2002 and finishes with a 1.72 GAA in 55 appearances during the 2002-03 season, the lowest since Dave Kerr of the New York Rangers 63 years earlier (1.54). Turco plays nine seasons with Dallas and one each with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, finishing his NHL career 275-167-40 with 26 ties.

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