Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Clement
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 36 6 19 25 41
1968-69 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 53 18 28 46 101 7 1 4 5 6
1969-70 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 54 19 36 55 62 5 2 0 2 0
1970-71 Quebec Aces AHL 69 19 39 58 88 1 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 49 9 14 23 39 -14
1971-72 Richmond Robins AHL 26 8 9 17 20
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 14 14 28 51 -11 2 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 39 9 8 17 34 +15 4 1 0 1 4
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 21 16 37 42 +21 12 1 0 1 8
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 46 10 17 27 20 -30
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 31 13 14 27 29 +3 2 0 1 1 0
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 67 17 26 43 27 -4 3 1 1 2 0
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 70 20 30 50 34 +18 2 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 65 12 23 35 14 -5 2 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 64 7 14 21 32 +3 4 0 0 0 4
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 78 12 20 32 33 -16 16 2 1 3 6
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 69 4 12 16 28 -2 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 719 148 208 356 383 50 5 3 8 26


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1978) Traded to Washington by Philadelphia with Don McLean and Philadelphia's 1st round pick (Alex Forsyth) in 1975 Amateur Draft for Washington's 1st round pick (Mel Bridgman) in 1975 Amateur Draft, June 4, 1975. Traded to Atlanta by Washington for Gerry Meehan, Jean Lemieux and Buffalo's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Greg Carroll) in 1976 Amateur Draft, January 22, 1976. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980.
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