The photo above is of course long-time Philadelphia Flyer Bobby Clarke. He was the leader of the Broad Street Bullies in the early part of the 1970’s when they had such goons as Dave Schultz, Bob Kelly, Don Saleski, and Moose Dupont. Clarke was their leader, but any one of them could have beat the shit out of him.
The Flyers of the 1970’s might have gooned other teams, but when it came time for the Montreal Canadiens, these same Flyers behaved like a bunch of mice. Not only could the Habs play better hockey, but the big boys like Larry Robinson, Pierre Bouchard, and Rick Chartraw sent them home to their mommies, and Montreal won the 1975-76 Stanley Cup, their first of four straight.
Not only that, because Russian star Valeri Kharlamov was so vastly superior in 1972, Bobby Clarke broke the guy’s ankle with his stick during the Summit Series.
The 2007-2008 edition of the Flyers is a little bit the same as the thugs of the 70’s, with several suspensions for thinly-veiled attempted murders, but just not quite as good. Regardless, Montreal takes care of business. (Like a 5-3 win tonight in Philly, and catching Ottawa in the process.)