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Born December 20, 1950 (1950-12-20) (age 59),
Buckingham, PQ, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Pro clubs Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals
Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1970
Philadelphia Flyers
Career 1970 – 1982

William H. "Bill" Clement (born December 20, 1950 in Buckingham, Quebec) is a retired professional ice hockey player and a broadcaster for Versus and NBC. 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.

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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) 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 career

After retiring from hockey, Clement worked for many years as a color commentator at ESPN for their skydiving and hockey coverage. From 1988 until 1992 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 19862004, Clement broadcast at least one game of every Stanley Cup Finals series. 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.

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.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bill Clement Joins Flyers Broadcast Team". http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=341071&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2008-05-04.  

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