There have been many important trades in the Flyers’ storied history, but none more impactful that the one made on this day back in 1973.
The return of Bernie Parent via a trade with the Maple Leafs in 1973 forever altered the course of the Broad Street Bullies era, and was worth the price of a 1973 first-round draft pick (becoming Bob Neely) and goaltender Doug Favell. Though the Flyers also picked up a 1973 second-round pick (becoming Larry Goodenough) in the trade, this trade centered around the man in the white mask.
Parent would return to the Flyers a refined, tactically sound goaltender and an anchor for back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, winning the Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy in both years along the way.
Though an eye injury would cut Parent’s Hall of Fame career short, there’s no denying the impact he made on the Flyers’ organization in an era that has defined the franchises’ history to this day.
Also on May 15th in franchise history...the iconic Flyers captain Bobby Clarke retires from hockey in 1984 and is subsequently named the fourth general manager in team history, a post he held until 2006...on the ice the Flyers open their defense of the Stanley Cup in 1975 with a 4-1 win over the Sabres in game one of the Finals, using three points from Clarke, two goals from Bill Barber, and 28 saves from Parent in the win...Paul Holmgren becomes the first American born player to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Finals during an 8-3 win over the Islanders in game two in 1980...and lastly, a certain BSH contributor penning this very history post was born back in 1990...