#2: Bernie Parent, G, Flyers: 1967-1971, 1973-1979
Like a few other players on this list, Bernie Parent started his career with the Bruins, but made his name and his money with the Flyers. Parent was technically drafted by the Flyers, in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, and thus became one of the original Flyers.
"“One of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, a key figure in the Flyers’ championship successes.” – ChatGPT"
After spending three very strong years of his career in Philadelphia, the team dealt him in a three-team trade that yielded the Flyers Rick MacLeish. Parent spent two years with the Toronto Maple Leafs and one year with the *checks notes* Philadelphia Blazers before returning to the Flyers.
Then, Parent turned his play up several notches, winning the Conn Smythe and the Vezina two years in a row as the Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups. Parent had always been good, but this two-season run built his case for being amongst the NHL’s best-ever goaltenders.
The Hockey Hall of Famer retired as a Flyer in 1979 following an eye injury, and was inducted into the Hall in 1984. Parent’s number 1 was also retired by the Flyers in 1979. Following his retirement, Parent spent his time mentoring a young Hextall and the late Swedish goaltender Pelle Lindbergh.