Full disclosure: When I was a kid, I infuriated my parents by putting a sticker on the back of their green Mercury Montego: “Only the Lord Saves More Than Bernie Parent,” it read.
It wasn’t so much the sticker than bothered them, but the fact I put it atop the paint on the trunk, instead of on the bumper.
A lot has happened in the four decades since I ruined the car’s paint job, but Parent is still an icon on the Philadelphia sports scene.
He always will be, of course, because he was the main reason the Flyers won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.
Parent, the first Flyer to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be one of the headliners at the 10th annual Collingswood Book Festival, which will be held Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parent 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.”
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If you have any questions you’d like to ask Parent and can’t be there, feel free to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info on the book festival, go to www.collingswood.com.
Bryz' Russian Adventure. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, making his season debut in the KHL, was the loser as CSKA Moscow dropped a 4-3 decision to Traktor Chelyabinsk on Thursday.
With a crowd of 7,300 watching, Bryzgalov stopped 26 of 30 shots.
Exhibitions canceled. As expected, the rest of the NHL's exhibition schedule was canceled on Thursday because of the lockout. The league had previously canceled exhibition games through Sept. 30.
On Friday, representatives from the NHL and the players' union will have their first formal meeting since Sept. 12.
If no progress is made this weekend, the Oct. 11 season openers will be next to get canceled, along with an early portion of the schedule.
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