Although not SJHL news, the WHL is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and just recently announced their Top 125 players in WHL history, and a trio of former Bombers, including two local products, have been named to the historic list.
The Flin Flon Bombers were a member team from 1967 till they moved to be the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1978.
Flin Flon natives Bobby Clarke and Ray Martyniuk and Riverton, MB’s Reggie Leach all made the list.
Clarke played in the league in 1967 till 1969 before turning pro with the Philadelphia Flyers. We all know his accomplishments in the NHL, but in his two seasons in the WHL he totaled 305 points (102g, 204a) with 271 penalty minutes.
He helped the team reach the WHL league finals in both seasons, losing the first year to the Estevan Bruins, but winning the second season against the Edmonton Oil Kings. It was the first of back to back Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Clarke also has a WHL league award named after him. The Bobby Clarke Trophy is awarded each season to the league’s top point getter.
Martyniuk played for the Bombers from 1967 till 1970, being a member of the teams that went to the league finals three straight seasons.
He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1st round, 5th overall in the 1970 NHL Draft.
Like Martyniuk, Leach was a member of the 1967-1970 Bombers.
He finished with 288 points (188g, 100a) including an amazing 87 goals in his first season in the WHL. Leach too would go onto a successful NHL career playing with Clarke on the Flyers after being drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1970 draft, 1st round, 3rd overall.