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Flyers Hall of Famer Bernie Parent Set the Bar Between the Pipes
Last fall Dan Morroni, who is a friend of mine, invited me to meet a friend of his, Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent.
Doing so offered true insight into the two-time Stanley Cup champion.
Two seasons that still scream
Some statistics are impressive. Others simply scream at your hockey soul.
The Philadelphia Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups in the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.
During both of those seasons Parent won the Vezina trophy, as the National Hockey League's best goaltender and the Conn Smythe trophy, as the MVP in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Resonating through time
In the 1973-74 regular season, Parent went 47-13-12, with 12 shutouts and a 1.89 GAA.
As the Flyers were on the way to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, he went 12-5, with 2 shutouts and a 2.02 GAA. One of those shutouts came during the Cup-clinching 1-0 win in Game 6 against Bobby Orr's Boston Bruins.
In the 1974-75 regular season, he went 44-14-10, with another 12 shutouts and a 2.03 GAA. In that year's playoffs, he went 10-5, with 4 shutouts and a 1.89 GAA.
Once again he posted a shutout in the Cup-clinching sixth game, as the Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0.
He won 113 combined games, thirty by shutout, during those two seasons.
Parent took a genuine interest in those around him on the day that I met him.
His influence clearly had an effect on his Flyers teammates during their time in hockey history. How reassuring it must have been to have had someone of that caliber between the pipes at the most important position on the ice.
How natural it has been for their collective legacy to have endured for as long and as loudly as it has.
I became a Flyers fan during the mid-1970s and consider street hockey to be the winter version of wiffle ball. Follow me on Twitter @SeanyOB
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