Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bob Clarke appointed to Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee

NEW YORK -- For years, Bob Clarke has been one of many Flyers executives to lobby for superstar Eric Lindros to be included in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bob Clarke appointed to Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee

Flyers senior vice president Bob Clarke at the Winter Classic in 2010. (Elise Amendola/AP file photo)
Flyers senior vice president Bob Clarke at the Winter Classic in 2010. (Elise Amendola/AP file photo)

NEW YORK -- For years, Bob Clarke has been one of many Flyers executives to lobby for superstar Eric Lindros to be included in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now, Clarke will have his say - and not just on Lindros.

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that Clarke was appointed as one of three new members of the 18-person selection committee - which votes in secret. He will join Nashville GM David Poile and Los Angeles president of business operations, Luc Robitaille, to serve under new selection committee chairman John Davidson.

That trio will replace NHL senior vice president Jim Gregory, Serge Savard, and former Flyers coach Pat Quinn, who all reached the stipulated limit for length of service.

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Clarke, now 64, still serves as a Flyers senior vice president. He has not spent much time around the team this season, living mostly in Florida.

The selection committee will meet on June 23-24 to consider duly nominated candidates for election. To be elected as an “honoured member,” a candidate must receive 14 votes out of the 18 available. 

Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Mark Recchi and Dominik Hasek are just a few of the names the committee will deliberate on for the first time this summer - in addition to the usual suspects like Lindros (2010 eligible), Jeremy Roenick (2012), Paul Kariya (2013), Rob Blake (2013) and others.

Clarke’s coach, Fred Shero, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last fall. Clarke was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Here is an updated list of the selection committee members:

John Davidson, chairman - Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey ops.
Scotty Bowman - retired 9-time Stanley Cup-winning coach
David Branch - OHL commissioner
Brian Burke - Calgary Flames president
Colin Campbell - NHL senior vice president
Bob Clarke - Flyers senior vice president
Eric Duhatschek - Globe and Mail columnist
Mike Emrick - NBC broadcaster
Michael Farber - Sports Illustrated columnist
Marc de Foy - Montreal hockey columnist
Mike Gartner - retired Hall of Fame player
Anders Hedberg - GM of Swedish National Team
Igor Larionov - retired Hall of Fame player
Lanny McDonald - retired Hall of Fame player
David Poile - Nashville Predators general manager
Luc Robitaille - retired Hall of Fame player
Peter Stastny - retired Hall of Fame player
Bill Torrey - architect of New York Islanders dynasty 

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