PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Phantoms will induct Bob Clarke into the team’s Hall of Fame, the club announced Thursday.
Clarke will be honoured in a pre-game ceremony on March 30 when the Phantoms host the Hamilton Bulldogs. “I’m proud of my connection to the Phantoms and the success the team has achieved,” Clarke said in statement. “To be recognized as a Hall of Fame member speaks to the great tradition of AHL and NHL hockey in Philadelphia.”
Now the Senior Vice President of the Philadelphia Flyers, Clarke spent 10-plus years serving in a dual capacity as general manager of the Flyers and the Phantoms, a role he assumed when the team was founded in 1996.
Clarke brought in former teammate Bill Barber as the Phantoms’ inaugural head coach and assembled a roster that produced a regular season record of 49-18-3-10, which was the AHL’s best record that season and remains the best regular season record in team history. That team won 19 consecutive home games, breaking a 59-year-old American Hockey League record.