Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/16/05 at 09:10 AM ET
Every 30 years or so, it becomes Bob Clarke’s job to rescue North American hockey, and then it is up to him whether to do so by breaking something, or by putting something back together. In 1972, with the pride and reputation of a hockey and a social system floating in the balance, Clarke was known to slash the ankles of Valeri Kharlamov. The star of the Soviet hockey system then unable to play, Clarke and Team Canada survived the 1972 Summit Series and salvaged North American hockey superiority, at least for that one Cold War moment. This time around, Clarke put something back together when, with the NHL wobbling as if on splintered ankles, he signed Peter Forsberg, then introduced him Monday as a Flyer. And if North American hockey was not saved by Forsberg wiggling into a black, No. 21 Flyers sweater, it had energy again in Philadelphia, which is a decent place to start. Advertisement Now, despite a labor stoppage that hid the NHL for a season, the Flyers have received 83,000 requests for various season-ticket plans, and there is, there must be, a connection: Bob Clarke would not allow his sport to be buried.
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