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Clarke, Bobby
Philadelphia Flyers

Many NHL scouts loved the intensity and quality of BOBBY CLARKE's play as a junior, but were scared away from drafting him because he was diabetic. Any other junior who led his league in scoring three straight years would be a shoo-in for a first overall selection. As a Flin Flon Bomber, BOBBY CLARKE captured the scoring races with 183 points in 1966-67, 168 in 1967-68 and 137 in 1968-69. The first round of the 1969 draft went by without the name 'CLARKE' being called. Finally, in the second round, the Philadelphia Flyers gambled and chose BOBBY CLARKE. CLARKE did not disappoint. In 1969-70, BOBBY scored 46 points as a rookie. In 1970-71, he increased his point total to 63. Then, in 1971-72, BOBBY CLARKE exploded for a season with 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points -- good for 10th spot in regular season scoring. Although a diabetic condition wouldn't bother NHL teams today, in the early 70s, it was a large concern. BOBBY CLARKE helped dispel the myth that a player couldn't compete in the NHL with diabetes. For 1971-72, the MASTERTON TROPHY went to BOBBY CLARKE.

Clarke, Bobby