Several years ago an American couple vacationing in Canada by car stopped at a small motel in a remote area of Ontario. A friendly innkeeper greeted them and asked where they were from. Upon being told Philadelphia, he beamed and said: "You must be very proud of Bobby Clarke."
Philadelphia is indeed very proud of Bobby Clarke, and that incident dramatizes the esteem in which he is held not only in Canada, where ice hockey is the national pastime, but wherever the game is played. His election to the Hockey Hall of Fame last week is an honor thoroughly deserved by one of the National Hockey League's all-time greats.