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1966 Imperial Gold Puck Award - Parent Letter
Lot #123

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1966 Imperial Gold Puck Award - Parent Letter
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1966 Imperial Gold Puck Award - Parent Letter
Lot #123

This trophy was given to Bernie Parent for a Dec. 1, 1966 shutout of Memphis while playing for the Oklahoma City Blazers in the CPHL. Little did anyone know at that time, the incredible career awaiting Bernard Marcel Parent. Parent is considered among the all-time greats in the sport and has the hardware to back it up. He was among the most dominating goaltenders of his or any generation. During the decade of the 1970’s he was twice voted first team NHL All Star and also earned a 2nd team WHA All Star selection from his one season sabbatical with the Blazers in 1972-73.

Bernie represented the Flyers in 5 NHL All Star games. He won 2 Vezina trophies as the leagues most valuable goalie, 2 Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP and 2 Stanley Cup championships during his illustrious career. Those who watched will tell you that the reason the Stanley Cup resided in Philadelphia in 1974 and 1975 was all because of Bernie. He put on all-time great performances in both playoff runs and was the clear playoff MVP both times. The 1974 playoff run culminated with a fierce Stanley Cup Final battle between the heavily favored Boston Bruins and the underdog Philadelphia Flyers.

The Bruins were Stanley Cup Champs in two of the prior 4 seasons and sported a deadly lineup which was led by two all-time greats, Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. Bernie’s performance in the 1974 finals is still talked about as one of the greatest ever by a goaltender. Parent shut out the Bruins in game 6, on home ice, giving Fred Shero’s Broad Street Bullies an improbable championship.

He backed it up the following season with another stellar playoff run leading the Flyers to back to back Stanley Cup Championships. A freak eye injury in 1979 prematurely ended Parent’s career at the age of 34. Bernie has rightfully earned himself a place in Hockey’s Hall of Fame as one of the greatest goalies in the history of the sport.

The trophy sits 8" high with a puck sitting on a legged stand.  The puck reads "Imperial Gold Puck Award" "Fretwell Motor Company". The plaque on the stand reads "Imperial Gold Puck Presented to Blazer Bernie Parent for a Shutout Memphis Dec. 1, 1966". This trophy will be accompanied by a letter from Bernie Parent as well as a photo taken of Bernie the day of signing.