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Video: Philly fans still love Bernie Parent

Bernie Parent

Bernie Parent, goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers alumni team, acknowledges the cheers of fans during his introduction at the Winter Classic Alumni NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers alumni team on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)


The 66-year-old Bernie Parent may have said it best. After stopping all six shots he faced in about four minutes of play in the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, the Flyers legend exited stage right for the last time to a memorable standing ovation. Always a man who was quick with a joke, Bernie Parent had this to say about his afternoon in the sun: “I’m still in my prime.”

The 45,000+ fans took full advantage of their opportunity to salute the man that brought a pair of Vezinas, a pair of Conn Smythes, and a pair of Stanley Cups to the City of Brotherly Love. The only thing that was missing was a sign that said: “Only Jesus saves more than Bernie Parent.”

Check out his sendoff here.