Monday, January 11, 2021

Philly Flyers: Color Analyst Bill Clement Retires

NBC Sports Philadelphia is in the market for a color commentator for Flyers broadcasts after Bill Clement announced his retirement a week before the season is set to begin, reports The Philly Business Journal.

NBC Sports Philadelphia released the following statement:

“Bill Clement has been a tremendous representative of NBC Sports Philadelphia for many years, and his contributions to our coverage of the Flyers are countless. His skill, passion and dedication to his role as analyst has made him a favorite of Flyers fans, and a valued colleague and friend to many at the network. Bill’s impact on the Flyers’ and hockey community will be lasting. We want to thank him sincerely for the many years of service and wish him well in retirement and the future.”

Clement, 70, played 11 seasons in the NHL and was twice named an all-star. He spent the first four years of his career with the Flyers, where he won two Stanley Cup championships as part of the “Broad Street Bullies” teams of 1974 and 1975. He went on to play for the Washington Capitals and the Flames, both in Atlanta and Calgary.

After hanging up his skates in 1982, Clement became a hockey broadcaster, calling games with play-by-play men Gary Thorne and Mike “Doc” Emerick at ESPN. He went on to call multiple Stanley Cup finals and five different Olympic Games. He also became a pitch man for the likes of Chevrolet and Budweiser and was the in-game announcer on EA Sports’ NHL video games.

Clement called Flyers games between 1989 and 1992 before focusing on more national work, but he returned to NBC Sports Philadelphia in 2007, where he has remained until now. He served as a pre-game and postgame analyst and a fill-in when color commentator Keith Jones was called up to work national broadcasts for NBC Sports.

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