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Bill Clement !!!

Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion 1974, 1975)

2 x NHL All-Star (1976, 1978)

Defensive Accomplishments:
Selke voting 8th(1978), 15th(1979), 20th(1981)

48% PK usage in 712 NHL Regular Season games 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

Short-Handed Goals 3rd(1977), 5th(1978), 9th(1980), 16th(1974)
- 28 career shorthanded points

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Bill Clement was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft, 18th overall. He played three years of major junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's. In his final season in 1969-70,he had 19 goals and 55 points in 54 games.

Compared with most Canadian kids, Clement began playing hockey rather late. Although he did suit up as young as eight, it was as a goalie. It was not until he was 12 years old that Clement left his goalie pads behind to assume the position of center with his local team in Thurso, Quebec. His right wing linemate was none other than Guy Lafleur.
Clement, known as a solid two-way forward, played in 1970-71 with the AHL's Quebec Aces. In 69 games he scored 19 goals and 58 points. The following season, the Flyers felt he needed additional development and he played in 26 games with the Richmond Robins. That year Clement did dress for 49 games for the Flyers, scoring nine goals and 23 points. In 1972-73, Clement had a full-time roster spot with the Flyers, scoring 14 goals and 28 points in 73 games.

The next two years were the biggest in Clement's eleven-year career, as the Flyers won two consecutive Stanley Cup championships. Clement, like most of the other players on that team, believe the first championship was the most special, having beaten Bobby Orr and the mighty Boston Bruins in the finals. Philadelphia successfully defended its championship in 1975, turning back the Buffalo Sabres four games to two.

In 1975-76, Clement joined the Washington Capitals in a trade that sent Mel Bridgman to Philadelphia. He played in 46 games before being traded to the Atlanta Flames. Clement has never hid the fact he hated his time with the cellar-dwelling Capitals. Ironically, it was Clement's best season from a statistical standpoint, scoring 23 goals and 54 points in 77 games between the two teams. Clement played another four years in Atlanta and followed the franchise when it moved to Calgary for the start of the 1980-81 season where he played for two years before retiring at the conclusion of the 1981-82 season.
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.
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."
Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1976
Caps believe they landed a future star in this smooth skating center-winger...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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