Bernie Mum or dad: Philadelphia Flyers Goaltending Legend

hen Bernie Parent entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984, the selection could not be argued by a single soul. Parent starred in the NHL from 1965-66 until an eye injury prematurely ended his career during the 1978-79 season.

Brought up through the Boston Bruins system, Parent 롤 대리 played junior hockey for the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey Association. He was nearly unbeatable between the pipes for Niagara Falls in 1964-65 as he led the team to a Robertson Cup victory as OHA champions and a Memorial Cup victory as Canadian major junior champs.

Parent played his first two seasons of professional hockey split between the Bruins and the CPHL’s Oklahoma City Blazers. He appeared in 39 games with the Bruins in his rookie season, 1965-66, but that number dwindled to 18 the following year.

The Philadelphia Flyers joined the NHL for the 1967-68 season, along with five other teams, doubling the size of the league from six to twelve teams. The Flyers selected Bernie in the expansion draft and he played most of the rest of his career with the club.

In 1970-71, Bernie Parent was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs mid-season. He played the rest of that season and the next with the Leafs. In a long string of big mistakes by Toronto, Parent’s services were not retained and he jumped to the World Hockey Association for the 1972-73 season.

Bernie played 63 games for the WHA’s Philadelphia Blazers in the league’s first year of existence. The team was unstable, beginning life as the Miami Screaming Eagles but moving to Philadelphia before a single game was played in Florida. Two professional teams proved too much for Philadelphia and the team moved to Vancouver the following season. Bernie didn’t follow the team, staying in Philadelphia and rejoining the Flyers.

Parent’s return to the NHL was nothing short of magical. Bernie won 47 of the 73 games he played in 1973-74, a record for most wins by a goaltender that has since been surpassed by Martin Brodeur. The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in both 1973-74 and 1974-75 with Parent being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy both years. Both years also saw him win the Vezina Trophy.

The year following his exit from the NHL, Philadelphia retired his number 1. As mentioned above, Bernie Parent became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984 after a stellar career with the Broad Street Bullies.

 

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