26 Facts About Bernie Parent


Bernie Parent is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time.

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In that two-year run of dominance, Bernie Parent posted 30 shutouts in regular and post season play combined.

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Bernie Parent remains an iconic fan favorite in Philadelphia more than three decades after his retirement.

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In 2017 Bernie Parent was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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Many times Bernie Parent watched out for Plante's visits to his sister and her family.

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Bernie Parent played for the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA Junior A league.

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In Toronto, Bernie Parent joined his boyhood hero, Jacques Plante, who at 42 was having an all-star season.

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Under Plante's tutelage, Bernie Parent became a more consistent and technically proficient goalie.

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Bernie Parent was the first NHL player to jump to the new league.

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Bernie Parent faced a barrage of shots in 63 regular-season games for the Blazers in the defensively weak league.

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Bernie Parent shared the Vezina Trophy with Chicago's Tony Esposito, was named the first-team all-star goaltender and finished second in the voting for the Hart Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player as the Flyers skated to a first-place finish in the West Division.

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Bernie Parent won the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Flyers won the first of consecutive Stanley Cup Championships against the Boston Bruins.

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Bernie Parent won another Vezina Trophy, another first-team all-star selection and a second Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup while finishing fourth in the Hart Trophy voting.

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Bernie Parent had pinched a nerve in his neck causing radiating pain.

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Doctors removed a disk and a section of bone hoping to alleviate the symptoms but Bernie Parent suffered from continued pain in his neck throughout the rest of his career.

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Bernie Parent returned to the lineup late in the season but he was inconsistent and could not regain the starting job from netminder Wayne Stephenson.

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Bernie Parent is considered by many to be the last great stand-up goaltender.

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On February 17,1979, Bernie Parent suffered a career-ending eye injury in a game against the New York Rangers.

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Bernie Parent retired at age 34, an age considered to be "still in athletic prime" for goaltenders.

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Bernie Parent spent several years in the Flyers organization as goaltending coach, mentoring future Vezina-winning goalies Ron Hextall and the late Pelle Lindbergh, the latter of whom idolized Parent as a youngster in his native Sweden.

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Unable to deal with the early loss of his career, Bernie Parent turned to alcohol and eventually ended up in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Bernie Parent remains one of the most popular and iconic Flyers from their two championship teams with hockey fans in Philadelphia.

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Bernie Parent has been a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey and had a shore house in Wildwood Crest, where he lived most of the years.

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On December 7,2011, Bernie Parent announced via Twitter that he would be playing in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, to be held on December 31,2011.

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Bernie Parent started in goal for the Flyers, playing five minutes and letting in no goals on five shots including a breakaway by New York Rangers legend Ron Duguay.

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Bernie Parent has a book, written by Michele Paiva, Dean Smith and himself, "Journey Through Risk and Fear", published by Balletsa, Inc Publishing, which touches upon his trials and tribulations but mostly, how to overcome fear, face challenges, find purpose and obtain goals.

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