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William H. "Bill" Clement (born December 20, 1950) is a retired professional ice hockey player and a color analyst for the Philadelphia Flyers. Bill worked as a studio host for The NHL on NBC partnered with Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull, as well as covering men's ice hockey during the 2006 Winter Olympics, and The NHL on Versus Post Game Report with Keith Jones and Brian Engblom. He was partnered with Cammi Granato in coverage of the women's games at the Olympics. He also hosts the NHL on NBC Faceoff on NBCSports.com. Bill is also a daily contributor to In the Slot, NHL Home Ice's afternoon show on XM Satellite Radio. As a hockey player, Clement was known as a grinder for the Broad Street Bullies Flyers teams of the 1970s.

BiographyEdit

Playing careerEdit

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) of the 1970 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers (first pick by the Flyers), he 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 forty-six games with the Capitals (and serving as 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 National Hockey League All-Star Games, in 1976 and 1978. In 719 regular season games, he scored 148 Goals, earned 206 Assists, and 383 Penalty Minutes. In 50 playoff games, 5 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 careerEdit

After retiring from hockey, Clement worked for many years as a color commentator at ESPN for their skydiving and hockey coverage. From Template:Nhly until Template:Nhly he worked for SportsChannel America, providing color commentary on the network's national telecasts as well as regional Philadelphia Flyers games.

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 has lent his voice for commentary for the next-gen versions of the video games NHL 07, NHL 08, NHL 09 and NHL 10 by EA Sports along with Gary Thorne. The duo previously voiced 2K Sports' NHL series when that company had the ESPN license. He also did color commentary for the EA Sports franchise's NHL 2000 and NHL 2001 with Jim Hughson.

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, working several local Flyers broadcasts for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia in the 2008 regular season and playoffs.[1]

From Template:ScfyTemplate:Scfy, Clement broadcast at least one game of every Stanley Cup Finals series. After a lockout canceled the 2005 Finals, he worked the Template:Scfy and 2007 Finals as the studio host for OLN and NBC. He continued his streak in Template:Scfy as a colour commentator for NHL Radio on Westwood One.

After retirement from hockey, he married and had two children, and resides in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania. His daughter Savannah graduated from Hun School in 2007 while his son Chase graduated from New Hope Solebury High school in 2008. He is a dedicated father and husband and spends a majority of his time around family.

Clement became a U.S. citizen on November 4, 2010.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Ottawa 67's OHA 38 6 19 25 41
1968–69 Ottawa 67's OHA 53 18 28 46 101
1969–70 Ottawa 67's OHA 54 19 36 55 62
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

ReferencesEdit

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