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ROBERT W. CLARKE TROPHY

clarke_200.jpgRobert W. Clarke played an instrumental role in the formation of the Rochester Americans when, in 1956, he recruited a group of Rochester businessmen to be 45% owners of the team, becoming partners with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mr. Clarke became involved with the American Hockey League itself when he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors in 1967, a post he held through 1994.

In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Clarke received the James C. Hendy Memorial Award in 1972 and 1993 as an outstanding league executive.

The Clarke Trophy has been awarded to the Western Conference playoff champions since 1998.

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