My top line played together for six years and were tagged the LCB line by the fans and the media (Leach, Clarke, Barber). Two of the three players on this line are NHL Hall of Famers (Clarke and Barber) and they won two Stanley Cups amongst them (Leach came in ‘74-’75 and didn’t win the ’73-’74 Cup).
Clarke would be my captain because he embodies what it is to be a Flyer. As fans we want our hockey players to be tough and still have that scoring touch and Clarke was all that and more. In his 15 seasons as a Flyers center, Clarke accumulated 1210 points, 852 assists, and a plus/minus of +506 in 1144 games, all of which are Flyer’s records. He also was not afraid to fight or get his hands dirty defensively. He was a three time NHL MVP and was named the best defensive forward in the game (Selke Award) in 1983.
Another powerhouse on my top line is Bill Barber. Barber played for the Flyers for 12 years and holds the Flyers record for most goals with 420. He also scored 112 points in the ‘75-‘76 season and had a total of 108 points in 129 playoff games. Barber was also unselfish in his own zone and was as physical as they came.
The final piece of my first line was the final piece in the actual Flyers famous LCB line, Reggie Leach. Leach came to Philadelphia in ’74-’75 and added a potent scoring touch to a team that already had some big guns. In his first year, the Flyers won their second straight Stanley Cup. Leach’s second season in Philadelphia was his most productive, with Leach leading the league in regular season goals with 61, 19 playoff goals (NHL Record), and a Conn Smythe for his effort in the ’76 NHL Playoffs (Leach is the only non goalie to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for the losing team).