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Not a big fan of the offensive options out there, so for now I'll just take Bill Clement, C



- 6'1", 193 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1974, 1975)
- Killed 48% of penalties for teams 12% better than average
- in 1979, on ice for 81% of PPGA for 2nd best PK in the league
- in 1981, on ice for 73% of PPGA for 4th best PK in the league
- 28 career shorthanded points
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1978)
- Served as Washington captain for half a season

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Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
The next season, he split his time between the Flyers and the AHL Richmond Robins. He became a full-time Flyer in 1973-74 and as a result became forever a member of the immortal "Broad Street Bullies." Although Clement was anything but a bully. He tallied only 383 penalty minutes in 719 contests. Instead, his job was to kill off all those penalties that the Bullies took. He was an excellent penalty killer, combining a superior defensive understanding of the game and good skating skills to carve a niche in the NHL for 11 seasons.

Bill was traded to the Washington Capitals for the 1975-76 season in a trade that saw the Flyers and Caps swap 1st round picks. That trade was seen as brilliant at the time, as the two time defending Stanley Cup champions had secured the 1st overall selection in the draft in exchange for Clement and Don McLean. Unfortunately the player the Flyers took, Mel Bridgman never proved to be a superstar, though he did have a long, serviceable career. On the other hand Clement's stay in Washington was very short. He played in just 46 games before he moved on again. In that short time he proved to be one of the Caps' best players, and was even selected to represent them team in the annual All-Star game.

Clement finished the season with the Atlanta Flames in exchange for a 1st round draft pick (which turned out to be Greg Carroll), Jean Lemieux and Gerry Meehan. It would be the last time Clement changed organizations, although he did find himself moving once again in 1980 when the team transferred from the state of Georgia to Calgary, Alberta. Clement continued to be an effectively nice player for the Flames, and even returned to the NHL All-Star Game again in 1978.
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Originally Posted by Greatest Moments and Players of the Philadelphia Flyers
no Flyer was more underrated - or more underplayed in terms of his skills - than Clement... Clement did more with less time on ice than just about any skater to wear the orange and black...
"for one thing, I was not Freddie's type of player in that I wasn't a physical player. I was a team player and I worked hard, but there were other factors to consider."
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1976
Caps believe they landed a future star in this smooth skating center-winger...
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1977
Acquisition of this powerful, smooth-skating center helped Flames on the ice and in the thinking department... was upset at leaving lowly Capitals because he felt the trade meant Caps were disappointed in his work as captain... Scored clinching goal in finale of 2nd Flyers cup triumph...
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1978
Described by Denis Potvin as a "river skater"... a guy who can skate effortlessly without ever seeming to tire... after secondary roles with Flyers and Caps, blossomed into a respected two-way forwad with the Flames... rated one of the best penalty killers in the NHL... Five of his 17 goals came shorthanded... outstanding forechecker and backcheker...
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1979
smooth skater made better by hustle and desire... has emerged as one of NHL's top penalty killers...
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1980
Cement Clement... kills penalties with concrete defense.. also good skating makes him shorthanded goal threat... valuable on faceoffs... effective checker, never seems to tire...
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1981
Carved reputation as one of the league's best penalty killers... also good on faceoffs.


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