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1975 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3* 4 5 6 Games
Philadelphia Flyers  4 2 4 2 5 2 4
Buffalo Sabres  1 1 5 4 1 0 2
* overtime periods
Location: Philadelphia (The Spectrum) (1,2,5)
Buffalo (Buffalo Memorial Auditorium) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Philadelphia: Fred Shero
Buffalo: Floyd Smith
Captains: Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
Buffalo: Jim Schoenfeld
Referees: Art Skov, Bruce Hood, Lloyd Gilmour, Wally Harris
Dates: May 15 – May 27
MVP: Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers)
Series-winning
goal:
Bob Kelly (0:11, third, G6)
Networks: CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NBC (United States, Games 2, 5), WTAF (Philadelphia area, Games 3, 4, 6), WKBW (Buffalo area, Games 1, 3, 4, 6)
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The 1975 Stanley Cup Final championship series was played by the Buffalo Sabres, making their first Finals appearance and the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers would win the best-of-seven series four games to two. This was the first Final to have two non-"Original Six" teams since the 1967 expansion. As of 2009, the 1975 Flyers are the last Stanley Cup championship team to be comprised solely of Canadian-born players.[1]

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Paths to the Final

Buffalo defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 and the Montreal Canadiens 4–2 to advance to the final. Philadelphia defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 and the New York Islanders 4–3 to make it to the final.

The series

Bernie Parent led the Flyers, allowing only 12 goals in the six games, capped with a shutout. He became the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for two consecutive years. Since then, only Mario Lemieux has managed to duplicate this feat.

This championship is especially noted because it is the last repeat major professional championship for the city of Philadelphia.[2]

Fog and the Bat

Game 3 in series was the legendary Fog Game. Due to unusual heat in Buffalo in May 1975, portions of the game were played in heavy fog. Players, officials, and the puck were invisible to many spectators. A bat in the arena flew above and around the players for the majority of the game. Sabres center Jim Lorentz spotted a bat flying across the rink, raised his stick, and killed it. Minutes later, after the game had resumed, a fog began forming on the ice. The fog became so thick the players were unable to see the puck. The game continued and the Sabres won the game thanks to ((Rene Robert))'s goal in overtime. Many superstitious Buffalo fans considered this to be an "Evil Omen", pertaining to the result of the series. It was the only time that any player killed an animal during an NHL game.[3]

Series Box Score

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Thu, May 15 Buffalo 1 Philadelphia 4
Sun, May 18 Buffalo 1 Philadelphia 2
Tue, May 20 Philadelphia 4 Buffalo 5 OT
Thu, May 22 Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 4
Sun, May 25 Buffalo 1 Philadelphia 5
Tue, May 27 Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 0

Philadelphia wins the series 4–2.

Philadelphia Flyers 1975 Stanley Cup champions

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Roster

  Centers
  Wingers
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • Chairman/Owner: Ed Snider
  • President: Joe Scott
  • Vice Chairman: F. Eugene Dixon, Jr.
  • Head Coach: Fred Shero
  • Vice President/General Manager: Keith Allen
  • Vice President: Lou Scheinfield
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Nykoluk
  • Director of Player Development: Marcel Pelletier
  • Assistant Coach: Barry Ashbee,
  • Trainer: Frank Lewis
  • Assistant Trainer: Jim McKenzie
  • Director of Public Relations: Joe Kadlec (left off Cup)
  • Director of Public Relations John Blogan (left off Cup)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Edward "Ted" Harris won 5 Stanley Cups. He was engraved on the Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens as Edward Harris in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969. Harris was engraved as Ted Harris with Philadelphia Flyers in 1975.
  • Joe Kadlec, John Blogan (Directors of Public Relations) were included on Philadelphia's Stanley Cup winning pictures in 1974, 1975, but their names do not appear on the Stanley Cup.
  • Bobby Taylor only played 3 regular season games after coming out of retirement. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.
  • Philadelphia Flyers was the last Stanley Cup winning team to have every player born in Canada.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Weekes, Don, The Big Book of Hockey Trivia, Greystone Books, pp. 558  
  2. ^ Futterman, Matthew (October 21, 2009). "Philadelphia's Best Team Ever? --- Forget the Eagles, Flyers and 76ers, the Surging Phillies May Deliver the City Its First Dynasty". Wall Street Journal: p. D8. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704500604574485483087408494.html#printMode.  
  3. ^ Philadelphia Sports Follies clip on YouTube.com [1]

References

  • Diamond, Dan, ed (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.  
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261.  
Preceded by
Philadelphia Flyers
1974
Philadelphia Flyers
Stanley Cup Champions

1975
Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
1976

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