NHL: The best captain in each team’s history (Updated 2023)

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Philadelphia Flyers, Bobby Clarke
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Best NHL captain from each franchise: Philadelphia Flyers – Bobby Clarke

Whenever you think of the Philadelphia Flyers of the mid to late 70s and early 80s, it’s all about their nickname, the Broad Street Bullies. Remembering BSB brings many fond memories of center Bobby Clarke since he did a lot for the team’s defense to earn that nickname.

Clarke gave his entire 15-year career to the Flyers and was such an impact player as captain, he led them to not one but two Stanley Cup championships. Considered one of the greatest captains of all time, Clarke embodies tenacity, precision, and excellence in everything he was a part of. It’s no secret that once he became captain of the Flyers, everything fell into place to where they were the envy of the hockey world.

Not only did Clarke win the Hart Trophy three times but represented the Flyers in nine NHL All-Star Games. He was an incredible defender who then took his 15 years of playing experience to go into a management role with the Flyers. Clarke spent almost 20 years as the general manager of the Flyers and was able to turn them into strong contenders but just missed the mark for it to all equal championships.

As a general manager, Clarke took the Flyers twice to the Stanley Cup Finals but unfortunately, they didn’t do enough to leave victorious as champions. It’s a shame he’s never won a championship either as a player or general manager but make no mistake about it, he’s as synonymous to Philadelphia as a Philly cheesesteak.