Bill Clement

William H. "Bill" Clement (born December 20, 1950) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who became an author, speaker (BillClementSpeaking.com), actor, entrepreneur, and hockey broadcaster. He recently authored "EverDay Leadership: Crossing Gorges on Tightropes to Success" with foreword by Wayne Gretzky.

Clement played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), and was named an All-Star twice. He spent his first four years with the Philadelphia Flyers, with whom he won two Stanley Cup championships (1974, 1975). Clement later played for the Washington Capitals, whom he captained, and the Flames, both in Atlanta and Calgary.

Clement has broadcast five different Olympic Games and has worked for ESPN, NBC, ABC, Versus, Comcast SportsNet and TNT in the U.S., and CTV, CBC, Rogers Sportsnet and Sirius XM Radio in Canada.

His acting credits include work on the ABC daytime drama All My Children and more than 300 television ads for clients such as Chevrolet, Bud Light, and Deepwoods Off. He was also one of the in-game announcers on EA Sports' NHL video games from NHL 07 through NHL 14, as well as on 2K Sports' NHL 2K series in ESPN NHL Hockey and ESPN NHL 2K5.

Bill Clement
Born December 20, 1950 (age 68)
Buckingham, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals
Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1970
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1970–1982

Biography

Playing career

Prior to his career as a broadcaster, Clement was an NHL hockey player. As a native of Buckingham, he played in nearby Thurso with Guy Lafleur. He played Junior Hockey with the Ottawa 67s of the O.H.A., in their first three seasons.

Originally selected 18th (second round) in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers (the Flyers' first pick of the draft), Clement played four seasons with the Flyers (as well as in minor league teams at Quebec City and Richmond, VA), and was part of the Stanley Cup-winning Flyers teams of 1973–74 and 1974–75 as the 4th line Center. Prior to the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft, he was traded to the Washington Capitals for their right to draft Mel Bridgman, as the first overall draft pick that year. After playing just 46 games with the Capitals (and serving as the team captain) in the 1975–76 season, he was then traded to the Atlanta Flames for Gerry Meehan. He would play with the Flames organization in both Atlanta and Calgary, until his retirement following the 1981–82 NHL season. He played in two NHL All-Star Gamess, in 1976 and 1978. In 719 regular season games, he scored 148 goals, earned 206 assists, and 383 penalty minutes. In 50 playoff games, he collected five goals and three assists.

Clement was known for a calm and consistent passing game, leading to the rhyme "Clement, Clement, Hands of Cement." Bud Light referenced the old taunt in one of their popular "Hockey Falls" commercials.

Post-playing career

After retiring from hockey, Clement worked for many years as a lead color commentator at ESPN for ESPN National Hockey Night coverage. From 1988–89 until 1991–92 he worked for SportsChannel America, providing color commentary on the network's national telecasts as well as regional Philadelphia Flyers games alongside Mike Emrick.

Clement worked alongside Jim Lampley as a studio analyst for NBC during their coverage of both the men's and women's ice hockey tournaments at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He worked as the play-by-play announcer for table tennis, pentathlon events, and badminton tournaments for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics for NBC. Clement won province championships playing badminton in high school. He also worked as an analyst in ESPN's Great Outdoor Games for several years.

Clement provided color commentary for the EA Sports' NHL series for NHL 2000 and NHL 2001, with Jim Hughson; and for all next-generation versions from NHL 07 through NHL 14, with Gary Thorne. The latter duo previously voiced 2K Sports' NHL 2K series for ESPN NHL Hockey and ESPN NHL 2K5, when 2K Sports had the ESPN license.

Clement is also host of a Flyers-based radio talk show on WBCB 1490 AM in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The show includes current and former players and coaches, as well as players from the ECHL's Trenton Devils. He also continues to provide color commentary, as well as post-game show analysis, working several local Flyers broadcasts for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and The Comcast Network since the 2007–08 season.[1]

From 19862004, Clement broadcast at least one game of every Stanley Cup Finals series (with ESPN from 19861988, SportsChannel America from 19891992, ESPN again from 19932004, and ABC from 20002004). After a lockout canceled the 2005 Finals, he worked the 2006 and 2007 Finals as the studio host for OLN and NBC. He continued his streak in 2008 as a colour commentator for NHL Radio on Westwood One.

Personal life

After retirement from hockey, he married and had two children, and resides in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania. His daughter Reagan graduated from The Hun School of Princeton in 2007, while his son Chase graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School in 2008 and now goes to Delaware Valley College where he plays soccer as their goalkeeper and was First Team All Freedom Conference Player in 2012. Clement became a U.S. citizen on November 4, 2010.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 38 6 19 25 41
1968–69 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 53 18 28 46 101 7 1 4 5 6
1969–70 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 54 19 36 55 62 5 2 0 2 0
1970–71 Quebec Aces AHL 69 19 39 58 88 1 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Richmond Robins AHL 26 8 9 17 20
1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 49 9 14 23 39
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 14 14 28 51 2 0 0 0 0
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 39 9 8 17 34 4 1 0 1 4
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 21 16 37 42 12 1 0 1 8
1975–76 Washington Capitals NHL 46 10 17 27 20
1975–76 Atlanta Flames NHL 31 13 14 27 29 2 0 1 1 0
1976–77 Atlanta Flames NHL 67 17 26 43 27 3 1 1 2 0
1977–78 Atlanta Flames NHL 70 20 30 50 34 2 0 0 0 2
1978–79 Atlanta Flames NHL 65 12 23 35 14 2 0 0 0 0
1979–80 Atlanta Flames NHL 64 7 14 21 32 4 0 0 0 4
1980–81 Calgary Flames NHL 78 12 20 32 33 16 2 1 3 6
1981–82 Calgary Flames NHL 69 4 12 16 28 3 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 719 148 208 356 383 50 5 3 8 26

References

  1. ^ "Bill Clement Joins Flyers Broadcast Team". Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2008-05-04.

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Preceded by
Bobby Taylor
Philadelphia Flyers TV Color Commentator
1989-1992
Succeeded by
Gary Dornhoefer
1974 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1974 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1973–74 season, and the culmination of the 1974 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers made their first Final appearance and the Bruins returned to the Finals after having won the 1972 Final. The Flyers won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, and became the first team from the 1967 Expansion to win the Stanley Cup.

1975 NHL Amateur Draft

The 1975 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the NHL office in Montreal, Quebec. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers made the most noise at the draft, trading Bill Clement, Don McLean, and the 18th overall pick to the Washington Capitals for the number one overall selection, which they used to select Mel Bridgman. Later in round nine the Flyers became the first NHL team to select a Soviet-born and trained player in the Amateur Draft, selecting Latvian Viktor Khatulev 160th overall.

1975 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1975 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1974–75 season, and the culmination of the 1975 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Buffalo Sabres and the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers would win the best-of-seven series, four games to two. This was the first Final to have two non-"Original Six" teams since the 1967 expansion, and also the first contested by any team that had joined the league after 1967 (the Sabres were part of the 1970 expansion). The 1975 Flyers are the last Stanley Cup championship team to be composed solely of Canadian-born players.This was the only Final between 1965 and 1979 not to feature either the Boston Bruins or the Montreal Canadiens.

2003 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2003 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2002–03 season, and the culmination of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs. The second-seeded Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils defeated the seventh-seeded Western Conference champion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven games and were awarded the Stanley Cup. It was New Jersey's first appearance since 2001 and third in four years. It was Anaheim's first-ever appearance. The Devils defeated the Mighty Ducks in seven games to win their third Stanley Cup in less than a decade.

The Devils' win was the last in a series of wins they, along with the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings, established in the era from 1995 to 2003. The three teams won a combined eight of nine Stanley Cups during that time. The Devils won in 1995, followed by the Avalanche in 1996, then the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. The Dallas Stars win in 1999 would be superseded by the Devils in 2000, Colorado in 2001 and Detroit in 2002.

Bill Clement (rugby union)

William Harries Clement OBE MC TD (9 April 1915 – 10 February 2007) was a Welsh international wing who played club rugby for Llanelli and was capped six times for Wales. Clement was described as a staunch tackler with speed and a good turn of pace; and after his appearance for the British Isles was seen as the best defensive wing of the decade. In his later career he became Secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union.

He served as an infantry officer in the British Army during the Second World War, and was decorated during the Normandy Campaign, and twice wounded.

ESPN NHL 2K5

ESPN NHL 2K5 is an ice hockey simulation made by ESPN Videogames (now 2K Games) and published on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 consoles. ESPN's Gary Thorne on play-by-play commentary and Bill Clement on color commentary calls all the action. This is also the last NHL Game to be published by Sega, and the last to branded by ESPN.

Gary Thorne

Gary Thorne (born June 9, 1948) is the lead play-by-play announcer for MASN. He has also worked for ESPN and ABC, including National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, college football, and the Frozen Four hockey tournament. He also works for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he is the narrator for the WrestleMania Rewind program on its WWE Network streaming video service.

Jean Lemieux

Jean Louis Lemieux (born May 31, 1952 in Noranda, Quebec) is a Canadian retired ice hockey defenceman.

Selected by the Atlanta Flames in the 1972 NHL Draft, Lemieux played parts of two and a half seasons with the Flames before he was traded to the Washington Capitals in the deal that sent Bill Clement to Atlanta. Lemieux played for the Capitals through the 1977–78 season.

List of American Stanley Cup Finals television announcers

This is a list of American Stanley Cup Finals television announcers.

List of NHL All-Star Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks (American, Canadian and French Canadian) and announcers that have broadcast the National Hockey League All-Star Game over the years.

List of Philadelphia Flyers broadcasters

This is a list of Philadelphia Flyers broadcasters.

NHL 12

NHL 12 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. The game was featured in the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Steven Stamkos was announced as the game's cover athlete on June 22, 2011, at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game notably includes more interactive goalies (i.e. players can have real contact with the goalies and vice versa, and the goalies and skaters may fight each other), better physics engine, improved Be a Pro mode, and the ability to play the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. Along with several other new EA Sports titles, NHL 12 was made available three days prior the official release dates to purchasers of the EA Sports Season Ticket, a new digital program allowing users with a PlayStation 3 and/or an Xbox 360 to download and test the full version of new EA Sports titles for a three-day trial period by paying an annual fee of $24.99 or 2,000 Microsoft points. Users who pre-ordered the retail version of the game may have received a code for a goalie boost pack, which improves certain parts of the player's goalie in the "Be a Pro" mode. Gary Thorne (play-by-play) and Bill Clement (color) return to provide commentary for NHL 12.

NHL Radio

NHL Radio is the official national radio broadcaster of the National Hockey League, covering the Stanley Cup Finals, both Conference Finals, selected early round playoff action, the All-Star Game, the NHL Winter Classic and a selected number of regular-season games. The package is distributed by Westwood One and premiered in the 1993-94 season. This arrangement lasted through the end of the 2007-08 season until it was relaunched for the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, through the network's NBC Sports Radio service. The contract was continued for the 2016-17 season with a playoff game of the week, both conference finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the Winter Classic and select regular season games being added.

NHL on ABC

The NHL on ABC is the branding formerly used for broadcasts of National Hockey League (NHL) games televised on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States. The network first broadcast NHL games during the 1992–93 season under a time-buy agreement with ESPN; ABC resumed regular season game telecasts on February 6, 2000, as part of a joint contract with ESPN that also gave ABC the rights to select games from each round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

NHL on Versus commentator pairings

This article is about the NHL on Versus, which lasted from 2006-2011. For commentators of the NHL on NBC Sports Network, see NHL on NBC commentators.

William Clement

William Clement may refer to:

Bill Clement (rugby union) (1915–2007), rugby union player from Wales

Bill Clement (born 1950), ice hockey player from Canada

William James Clement (1802–1870), English surgeon and Liberal Party politician

William Innell Clement (died 1852), English newspaper proprietor

William Pope Clement (1887–1982), lawyer and politician in Ontario, Canada

William T. Clement (1897–1955), general of the United States Marine Corps during World War II

Willy Clément (1918–1965), French baritone

William Clement (cricketer) (1820–1864), English cricketer

Winnipeg Route 96

Route 96 is a city route in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The route commences at Portage Avenue (Route 85) and ends at Wilkes Avenue (Route 145).

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