I’ve had the opportunity to interview Bernie Parent a couple times, and one thing that’s clear about the famous goalie is that he is very much a “glass-is-half-full” type of guy. In his new book, Bernie Parent – Unmasked, that personality jumps off the pages!
In the early and mid-1970’s, Parent was the best goalie in the world. He led the Philadelphia Flyers to their only two Stanley Cup championships in franchise history, and in doing so, is the only player in the history of the NHL to win consecutive Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP. In Unmasked you’ll read teammates like Bobby Clarke say the Flyers “couldn’t have won the Stanley Cup without Bernie in goal”. And you’ll read Parent himself talk about his performance not being possible without the outstanding play of his teammate and the defensive system of his coach. As I read the book there was not a single moment I had the feeling Parent was being boastful. If you’ve ever had the chance to talk to him you’ll know this is his story, unfiltered and honest.
When I asked Bernie about the genesis of Unmasked he said it started not just from nostalgia but being able to hold onto those memories. “A lot has been said about the Broad Street Bullies, the good ole days of the Flyers and once in a while you will see a documentary about us, but then it escapes your mind after a week or so you know, but writing this story and talking about it from the beginning of ‘67 on to the Stanley Cup is refreshing and it is going back in times but enjoying the flavor of what went on in Philadelphia with the hockey team.”Continue Reading