With about 400 fans cheering loudly, the Flyers unveiled a statue of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent hoisting the Stanley Cup during a ceremony Saturday morning outside of Xfinity Live.
The seven-foot bronze statue commemorates the Flyers’ championship teams in 1974 and 1975, and it sits outside the pub “Broad Street Bullies,” the nickname of those teams.
Clarke, Parent and club officials spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by former Flyers Reggie Leach, Bill Barber, Joe Watson, Don Saleski, Orest Kindrachuk and Bob Kelly .
“Lifting the Cup is pretty easy. But winning it, is extremely hard,” said Clarke, the team’s senior vice president. “I want to thank Mr. (Ed) Snider, Keith Allen and Freddy Shero.”
He was referring to the team’s chairman, the former GM and the former coach, respectively.
“They put the group together that won this Cup," Clarke said. "Our families and the fans in Philadelphia were a huge part of us winning. On behalf of all the players, this statue represents the Stanley Cup champions.”
Parent also spoke from the heart.
“This is a fantastic day. Ed, thank you for your vision in 1967 to provide the city with such beautiful time,” he said. “….I want to tell you how grateful I am to be here today. Grateful to have played in Philadelphia and just the journey has been so incredible. Like Fred Shero said, that night, when he said, we win tonight we will talk together forever. It wasn’t just for the Flyers, it was for the whole city.”
The statue, which weighs 400 pounds, is called Walk Together Forever _ as selected by fans in a vote organized by the Flyers.
Jack Chevalier, who covered the Flyers for the Bulletin when they won their Cups and attended Saturday’s ceremony, said Shero’s “Win Today and We Will Walk Together Forever” message was actually scrawled on the blackboard before Game 4 of the 1974 Finals. It has been incorrectly reported that it was written before Game 6, said Chevalier, who coined the phase “Broad Street Bullies.”
Snider talked about statues that surround the venue, mentioning those of Kate Smith, Julius Erving and Gary Dornhoefer.
“But this is probably going to be the most appropriate statue for me. It signifies winning the Cup,” Snider said.
Minor move.The Flyers acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from Detroit for a conditional 2014 draft pick. Huskins, 33, had no points in 11 games this year. In 310 NHL career games, he has 13 goals and 67 points.