Bernie Parent makes appearance at book festival

Bernie Parent, the colorful goalie who was the first Flyer to be enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be one of the headliners at the 10th annual Collingswood Book Festival, which will be held today (Oct. 6).

Parent, who led the Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1970s, will be speaking in Tent 1 at 11 a.m., and I will be honored to introduce him and direct a question-and-answer session with fans.

After the Q and A, Parent will be available to sign the recently released book he did with the great Stan Hochman: Unmasked: Bernie Parent and the Broad Street Bullies.

The book traces Parent’s amazing journey _ on and off the ice. Parent talks candidly about his highs (the Cups, his beloved return in the Winter Classic alumni game last season) and his lows (a divorce and his winning battle against alcoholism).

Parent writes from the heart, and with his usual humor. You can almost hear his French-Canadian accent as he excitedly recounts a story.

Wrote Parent: “Some guy asked me how I felt after the alumni game, and I said, ‘Well, I can usually romance four women after a game, but that day I had to stop at three.”