1987 Hockey Inductees

With all due respect to the other three inductees, the Class of 1987 was the Bobby Clarke show. With a controversial Builder inductee in John Zeigler, and two players who are barely remembered, Clarke could not help but shine. Of course, even with higher profile co-inductees, the toothless one would have been the star anyway.

A severe diabetic, many thought for certain that Bobby Clarke would not have much of a career in the National Hockey League. Clarke won the Bill Masteron Trophy in 1972 for his perseverance in becoming a star for the Philadelphia Flyers. Often though, the awarding of the Masterton Trophy usually caps a career; for Bobby Clarke it was just the beginning.
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