Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke Honored By the Philadelphia Flyers

By Deanna Vasso
Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent Statue Unveiled
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Maybe the reason why the Philadelphia Flyers were able to defeat the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon was because two Flyers greats were in the house.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Bruins, the Flyers organization unveiled a statue of Flyers alumni Bernie Parent and Bobby Clarke.

The ceremony was held outside the Xfinity Live Center and Parent, Clarke and Flyers owner/chairman Ed Snider were all in attendance.

This statue immortalizes the hockey club’s back-to-back Stanley Cup wins in 1974 and 1975, as it depicts Parent and Clarke holding up the cup. Since it’s 2013 and these events occurred almost 40 years ago, it’s about time someone made a statue of it.

Every Flyers fan remembers the Flyers team from the late ‘70s, even if they were not alive at the time. We all remember what the Broad Street Bullies brought to our city and we just want that feeling back. Even as a kid who grew up in the Legion of Doom era, I praise the old guys.

The reasons for this are pretty simple—Flyers fans are nostalgic for the past. We are especially wistful for a team who knew how to win.

Right now in Philadelphia we are desperate to repeat history. We want to see the cup back in our city, but unfortunately our current team just cannot get it together this season.

After the unveiling of this statue, the Flyers went on to win two games in a row. I’ll take it as a sign that the team is finally ready to turn things around. Even though it may be too late in the season to do it.


Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for, you can follow her on twitter @Dmvasso.

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