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Aug. 13: Clarke born in Manitoba

Hal of Fame center helped Flyers win Stanley Cup in back-to-back years

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1949: Bobby Clarke, the captain 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 Flyers 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 they defeat the Bruins in six games to win their first championship. Philadelphia wins again in 1975 but is denied a three-peat by the Montreal Canadiens, who sweep them in the 1976 Cup Final.

Clarke finishes his NHL 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



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 the backup to Ed Belfour. Turco becomes the starter after Belfour leaves as a free agent in 2002 and finishes with a 1.72 goals-against average in 55 games during the 2002-03 season, the lowest GAA 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 in 543 games.

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