Peterborough-born David Clarke has been one of the top British players in the sport for the last two decades and has a whole host of trophies and medals in his collection.
The Great Britain international forward is the Elite League’s all-time leading goalscorer after passing the previous record holder Adam Calder in December 2011.
After beginning his career with his home-town club, Clarke has spent the majority of his time with the Nottingham Panthers in the top flight of British ice hockey.
He first iced for Peterborough as a 15-year-old in the British National League (BNL) and spent four years with the Pirates scoring over 100 points.
His impressive displays caught the eye of the Newcastle Jesters of the Superleague (ISL), who signed him up for the 2000-01 season. Clarke was one of a minority of British players to make an impact in a league dominated by imports.
The forward also had spells with London Knights (ISL), Guildford Flames (BNL) and Milton Keynes Kings (BNL), before arriving in Nottingham for the inaugural year of the Elite League.
Clarke won a trophy in his first season with the Panthers and scored the first goal in Nottingham’s two-legged Challenge Cup final victory over arch rivals Sheffield Steelers.
He has scored at a point-per-game throughout his career at National Ice Centre and captained the Panthers to their first play-off championship title for 18 years back in 2007. He again scored Nottingham’s first goal – this time in the play-off final against Cardiff Devils – a game Panthers went on to win on penalty shots.
Clarke spent a season in Italy’s top fight with HC Alleghe in 2007-08 and then returned to his second home to chase more honours with the Panthers.
He has been alternate captain since his return to the club in 2008 and won the Challenge Cup in 2009-10, when he was also named on the starting line-up for the Elite League all-star team.
Clarke was also part of the Nottingham Panthers side which won the play-off and Challenge Cup in 2010-11 – the first side to complete the cup double in the history of the Elite League.
Clarke made his own history in December 2011 when he scored Nottingham’s fourth goal in a 9-3 victory in Hull to pass Calder’s record of 229 Elite League goals.
Panthers then repeated their remarkable double in the 2011-12 season as Clarke added two more trophies to his collection.
He has been leading British goalscorer in the league four times (2004-05, 2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12) and was also named as Best British Forward in the 2010-11 campaign.
Clarke has been a regular in the Great Britain set-up since 1999 making over 50 appearances for his country, including two silver and two bronze medals. The latest medal was a second-placed finish at the 2011 World Championship in Ukraine, where Clarke finished as the tournament’s leading goalscorer.