Although Bill Clement is well known to hockey
fans both as an NHL player and broadcaster, his talent for motivational
speaking has also made him a popular figure in corporate circles.
addition to broadcasting, he has carved out a highly successful career delivering speeches to
top executives at some of the world's largest corporations. His sense of humor and ability to relate what he
learned in hockey to larger issues in life and the workforce make him
both entertaining and insightful. In 2011, Clement published a book
about the topics he addresses in his speeches. The book,
EveryDay Leadership, features a foreword written by Wayne
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|Debut:||December 11, 1971
(Philadelphia at Detroit)
|Final NHL game:|| April 10, 1982 (playoffs)
(Calgary vs. Vancouver)
|Stanley Cup:||1974, 1975|
|Numbers worn:||15, 10 (Philadelphia);
10 (Washington); 10 (Atlanta/Calgary)
Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta/Calgary
Years: 1971-1982. Playoffs: 1973-1982
|Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|Complete statistics available at NHL.com|
|CAPITALS CAPTAIN:||September 1975, to Jan. 22, 1976|
|1977-78:||Ellmans Trophy (MVP, co-winner)|
June 4, 1975 -- Traded by Philadelphia
with Don McLean and 1975 first-round pick (Alex Forsyth) to Washington
in exchange for 1975 first-round pick (Mel Bridgman). Jan.
22, 1976 -- Traded by Washington to Atlanta in exchange for Gerry
Meehan, Jean Lemieux and Buffalo's 1976 first-round pick (previously
acquired, Greg Carroll).
Full Name: William H.
Other Post-Draft Teams: Quebec (AHL); Richmond (AHL)
Education: Attended Carleton University and took part in NHL educational program at the University of Ottawa. His major was management science.
Career Beyond Hockey: Took up acting and modeling in first few years after retirement before going broadcasting full-time. He appeared on the soap opera All My Children in 1986.
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Led Quebec (AHL) in points (58) and assists (39) as a pro hockey rookie in 1970-71. ... Scored a game-winning goal and added an assist in his second NHL game for Philadelphia on Dec. 12, 1971, vs. Montreal at the Spectrum. His goal against Ken Dryden in the first period stood up as the winner in a 4-1 Flyers victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions. ... Scored the final goal of the 1975 Stanley Cup playoffs to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in its Game 6 win at Buffalo on May 27, 1975. The goal was an insurance goal at 17:13 of the third period after Bob Kelly scored the Cup-winning goal early in the period. The goal was also Clement's last with the Flyers, since he was traded just over a week later. ... Represented Washington in 1976 NHL All-Star Game at Philadelphia just two days before Washington traded him to Atlanta. On three consecutive nights in January 1975, he wore a different uniform (All-Star on Jan. 20, Washington on Jan. 21, Atlanta on Jan. 22). ... Set Atlanta/Calgary single-season record (since broken) with five shorthanded goals in 1976-77. ... Led Atlanta with three shorthanded goals in 1977-78. ... Played on first Calgary Flames team after franchise relocated from Atlanta in 1980, and appeared in the Flames' first game in Calgary sweaters on Oct. 9, 1980, vs. Quebec. ... Voted by The Hockey News readers as the NHL's best broadcaster in 1996. ... Won a Cable ACE Award for his work with ESPN in broadcasting the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Finals between Pittsburgh and Chicago.
Missed part of 1974 playoffs with damaged ligaments in knee, an injury suffered during Philadelphia's semifinal series vs. N.Y. Rangers. He did not return until Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston on May 14, 1974. ... Missed part of 1976-77 season with broken bone in left foot, an injury suffered during Atlanta's Nov. 13, 1976, game at St. Louis. He did not return until Atlanta's Dec. 8, 1976, game at Minnesota. ... Missed part of 1976-77 season with bruised collarbone, suffered during Atlanta's Jan. 16, 1977, game at Pittsburgh. He did not return until Atlanta's Jan. 31, 1977, game vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1977-78 season with broken right ankle, an injury suffered while blocking a shot in Atlanta's March 1, 1978, game vs. Buffalo. He did not return until Atlanta's March 21, 1978, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1978-79 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Atlanta's Jan. 20, 1979, game at Detroit. He did not return until Atlanta's Feb. 23, 1979, game vs. Minnesota.
Worked playoffs as guest announcer on USA Network during the final years of playing career. ... Became top hockey analyst and lead color commentator for ESPN broadcasts when network landed rights to show NHL games throughout U.S. in 1986 and remained in that position through 1987-88 season. ... Named Philadelphia TV color commentator prior to 1988-89 season and remained in that position through 1991-92 season, when he returned to ESPN. During this time period, he also worked on national games for SportsChannel America, which held U.S. rights to NHL broadcasts. ... Named ESPN TV color commentator for national hockey broadcasts prior to 1992-93 season and remained in that position through 1998-99 season. Added title of ESPN Radio color commentator and hockey expert prior to 1999-00 season and remained in position at ESPN through 2003-04 season. ... Named OLN (later Versus) studio
|analyst prior to 2005-06 season and held position through
2006-07 season. ... Named Philadelphia TV studio host prior to 2007-08
season and held position through 2012-13 season.
During this time, he also hosted a sports-talk radio show in
Philadelphia area. In addition,
he worked as an NHL Network studio analyst from 2010 to
2013 with a daily role in the Stanley Cup playoff coverage. ... Named Philadelphia TV color
commentator prior to 2013-14 season and currently holds this
INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST WORK
Began his work on international hockey as the TV hockey analyst for U.S. coverage of 1991 Canada Cup tournament. ... Has worked as a studio analyst or color commentator for U.S. broadcasts of hockey games at three Winter Olympics (1992, 2002, 2006). ... Did broadcasts of various other Olympic sports for NBC at 2004 and 2008 Summer Games.
|Selected by Chicago Cougars in 1972 WHA Draft, the first-ever WHA Draft, in February 1972.||Selected by Chicago Cougars in 1973 WHA draft of established professional players.||Played in the QJHL with the Sorel Black Hawks before entering major-junior in 1967.||Known throughout his NHL career for oustanding ability to kill penalties and win faceoffs.|
|Played on line with Michel Parizeau and Dick Sarrazin for Philadelphia in 1971-72.||Paired on penalty-killing unit with Tim Ecclestone for Atlanta in 1976-77.||Scored hat trick for Atlanta on March 12, 1977, vs. N.Y. Rangers goalie John Davidson.||Played on line with Harold Phillipoff and John Gould for Atlanta in 1977-78.|
|Was member of Atlanta Flames when team relocated to Calgary on June 24, 1980.||Was part-owner of a hockey school in Philadelphia during his playing days.||Was the owner of a restaurant that he helped run in off-seasons of his playing days.||Named president of Flyers Alumni Association in 1989 and led organization in early 1990s.|
|Worked for ESPN in 1999 Cup Finals series that ended with controversial goal by Brett Hull.||Has helped launch several companies, including a spice manufacturing business.||Has done the color commentary work for multiple editions of EA Sports' NHL video games.||Has appeared as a voice-over or on-camera spokesman in hundreds of TV commercials.|
|Won Stanley Cup:||12|
|Hall of Fame:||3|
|1970 PICKS BY TEAM|
OTHERS DRAFTED IN 1970