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Parent to play for Flyers alums at Winter Classic

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Parent to play for Flyers alums at Winter Classic
The Philadelphia Flyers bolstered their goaltending over the summer by signing Ilya Bryzgalov. On Wednesday, they did it again by bringing in a Hall-of-Fame goaltender to play in the Winter Classic Alumni Game.

Bernie Parent, who won the Hart Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup with the Flyers in 1974 and 1975, will suit up against the Rangers' alumni on Dec. 31 at Citizens Bank Park.

Parent confirmed he would be playing with a post on his official Twitter account.

Bernie Parent will be in the Flyers' net during the Winter Classic Alumni Game. (Photo: Getty Images)
The 66-year-old Parent had been listed as an ambassador for the game. According to the Flyers, Parent will play 5-10 minutes in the exhibition.

Ron Hextall will replace Parent in the ambassador role.

The Flyers' original roster featured goaltenders Mark LaForest and Neil Little, who combined to play 40 games with the franchise. Parent's resume is a bit more impressive.

Parent played 10 seasons with the Flyers, winning 232 regular-season games and 32 of 38 playoff games as the Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Prior to Tim Thomas accomplishing the feat last season, Parent had been the only goaltender in NHL history to win the Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup in the same season.

In 1973-74, he won 47 games -- at the time a single-season League record -- and posted a 1.89 goals-against average. The following season, he won 44 games and posted a 2.03 GAA.

Parent was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.
 
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