There are certain moments in your life that put goose bumps on your arms, because of the unique and unbelievable fashion in which a certain event occurs, and you will always remember where you were when that moment happened, so to see Bernie Parent, the 66 year old, Hall Of Fame, 2-Time Stanley Cup Champion Goalie, and greatest Philadelphia Flyer of All Time, suit up one last time and skate in front of a 15 minute standing ovation (This is one of 5 different break out ovations that happened that day for Parent) at the 2011/12 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, and stop 5 shots (Allowing no goals) was for me one of those “Goose Bump” moments (It was like watching a “Real Life Rocky Balboa!”)! To say that Bernie stole the show at the Nationally Televised “Winter Classic” would be the understatement of the year, because when you have current and future Hall Of Famers coming up to you for pictures and autographs, and 50,000 people giving you non-stop adoration, chanting your name while the game is still going on, and holding up signs like “Only The Lord saves more then Bernie Parent”, then you have endeared yourself to multiple generations of sports fans, and shown the world why you are one of the greatest hockey players to ever live, and the most revered for one of the proudest and oldest franchises in the NHL. It was also a proper good-bye for the Philadelphia icon, who’s career was prematurely ended by a stick to the eye, never allowing him the type of Good Bye that a popular and legendary player and icon like he deserves..
Bernie Parent was the goalie the last time a Philadelphia Flyers team held a Stanley Cup championship, acting as the anchor for the legendary “Broad Street Bullies”, when during the 1973–74 and 1974–75 seasons, “in what many consider the finest consecutive seasons ever by a goaltender”, the Flyers won two Stanley Cups and Parent won the Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy both seasons. He set all types of records along the way playing 73 games in a 78 game schedule, sparkled in leading the league with a 1.89 GAA and 12 shutouts and sharing the Vezina Trophy with Chicago’s Tony Esposito and was named a first team all-star as he led the Flyers to a first place finish in the West Division. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) and the Flyers won the first of consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. The following year, he won another Vezina Trophy, a second Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup. “Only the Lord saves more than Bernie Parent” became a catch-phrase and bumper sticker in Philadelphia in those years and he even appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. He became and remains one of the most publicly loved and revered athletes in Philadelphia history, and then to get on skates at 66 years old (For anyone who has never played Ice Hockey before, it is the hardest cardio-endurance sport in the world!) and pitch a shutout was legendary!
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the incomparable Bernie Parent right after his incredible appearance at The Winter Classic, to talk about what it was like to be the brightest star of the weekend filled with some of the greatest names to ever skate, to have 50,000 fans of all ages chanting his name and giving him repeated standing ovations, how the F%$k he was able at 66 to get on skates one last time, his legendary career and the greatest players he’s ever seen, why he is just like “The Dos Equis Man” (“The Most Interesting Man Alive”), his nutritional and physical regimen that has kept him so young mentally and physically, his philosophy around dealing with fear and risk and sooo much more!! There is even a cameo by Miss Pennsylvania 2011, the gorgeous, Amber Joi Watkins, who was my guest camera-man for the interview!! This is an interview that can not be missed Kade Nation, and also check out Bernie’s site and go follow him on Twitter (Linked here)!!
Speaking Of The Flyers, I will be attending this event on Wednesday January 18th called the “First Flyers Wives Fashion Show Debuting The New Artelier Label From Nicole Miller” at the amazing Hyatt At The Bellevue..It will be awesome, and help great causes, as well as you get to see Nicole Miller’s newest collection and hang out with some of Philadelphia’s biggest sports and entertainment names!!
Hosted by Lauren and Chris Pronger
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012
The Bellevue in Philadelphia
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
It’s time to get Flyer’d Up!
Join the Flyers Wives during The Inaugural Flyers Wives Fashion Show on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at The Bellevue in Philadelphia.
This unique event will include a cocktail reception where guests can mingle with the Flyers Wives, followed by a high-energy fashion show starring the Flyers Wives modeling hot off the runway looks by internationally-recognized fashion designer Nicole Miller.
This inaugural event benefits Comcast-Spectacor Charities, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.
2012 Flyers Wives Fashion Show Ticket Options
Individual Ticket Price: $300
Admission for one to Upscale Cocktail Reception including Patron Spirits Company Signature Cocktails, Little Black Dress wines, & Beer High Energy Fashion Show Seating hosted by Fox29’s Mike Jerrick & Sheinelle Jones. Dessert with Signature Cocktail and Coffee. Mingling with The Flyers Wives and Members of the Team?Event Goodie Bag Bid on Exclusive Live and Silent Auction Items.
Couple Ticket Price: $500
Admission for two to Upscale Cocktail Reception including Patron Spirits Company Signature Cocktails, Little Black Dress wines, & Beer High Energy Fashion Show Seating hosted by Fox29’s Mike Jerrick & Sheinelle Jones. Dessert with Signature Cocktail and Coffee. Mingling with The Flyers Wives and Members of the Team. Event Goodie Bag. Bid on Exclusive Live and Silent Auction Items.
Young Friends Ticket Price: $100
Starts at 7:30pm. Admission for one to High Energy Fashion Show Balcony Seating hosted by ?Fox29’s Mike Jerrick & Sheinelle Jones. Dessert with signature cocktail, including Patron Spirits Company Signature Cocktails, Little Black Dress wines, & Beer. Opportunity to bid on Exclusive Live and Silent Auction Items. *Must be 21 or older to purchase the Young Friends tickets
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Sponsorship levels range from $1,000-$25,000
Please contact Mary Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org 215-930-0307 X106 for additional information about becoming a sponsor for this unique event