The Flyers have announced that Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent will play in the Flyers-Rangers Alumni Game on December 31st at Citizens Bank Park. Parent was originally going to serve as an ambassador for the game, but has now been placed on the active roster. He is expected to be in the action for about 5-10 minutes.
Bernie Parent, who spent 10 seasons in the NHL, is considered the greatest goaltender to ever wear the Orange & Black. He led the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup, and then did the same thing the following season. In both victorious seasons, Parent won the Conn Smythe Trophy for MVP of the playoffs, and the Vezina Trophy, for the best goaltender in the league.
The outstanding net minder posted an all-time record of 232-141-101 with a 2.42 goals-against-average while playing for the Flyers. That went along with his 50 shutouts in 486 regular season games.
On October 11, 1979, his #1 banner was hung in the rafters of America’s Showplace, the Spectrum. In 1984, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and 4 years later he was elected to the Flyers Hall of Fame.
He’s not the only change to the Flyers Alumni Roster, though. Ron Hextall, who helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final on two separate occasions, has been added to the team’s official roster as an ambassador. He appeared in 489 regular season games as a Flyer, posting a 240-172-58 record and 2.91 goals-against average. Hextall was elected to the Flyers Hall of Fame on February 6, 2008.