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Favell, Parent got Christmas wish with success of first-year Flyers

Goalies combined to help Philadelphia win new West Division in 1967-68

by Stan Fischler / Special to

Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday. Once a month, he will let a photo from his vast collection do the talking in his "Picture is Worth 100 Words" feature.

This month, he features a Christmas photo of Bernie Parent and Doug Favell, the goaltending duo that helped the Philadelphia Flyers finish on top in the NHL's new West Division during 1967-68, the first season after the League expanded to 12 teams.

Philadelphia Flyers goalies Bernie Parent (No. 30) and Doug Favell (No. 1) are hoping Santa Claus brings them gifts for their team's first NHL season, 1967-68.

It took another three months, but their wish came true: The Flyers finished first in the NHL's new West Division in the first season after the League expanded to 12 teams. The two goalies each started 37 games and had a big hand in their team's success: Favell was 16-15 with six ties, a 2.27 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Parent was 15-17 with five ties, a 2.49 GAA and .926 save percentage. Each finished with four shutouts.

Parent and Favell, born two days apart in April 1945, were teammates until Flyers traded Parent to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 1, 1971. They reacquired him in a trade with Toronto on May 15, 1973, that eventually sent Favell to the Maple Leafs. Each played his final NHL game in 1978-79.

Although Favell had the better first-year numbers with the Flyers, it was Parent (who switched to No. 1 after his return to Philadelphia) who ended his career in the Hockey Hall of Fame after helping Philadelphia become the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in 1974 and then repeat as champions in 1975.

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