1974 Stanley Cup Finals

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1974 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
Philadelphia Flyers 2 3 4 4 1 1 4
Boston Bruins 3 2 1 2 5 0 2
* overtime periods
Location(s) Philadelphia (Spectrum) (3,4,6)
Boston (Boston Garden) (1,2,5)
Coaches Philadelphia: Fred Shero
Boston: Bep Guidolin
Captains Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
Boston: John Bucyk
Referees Dave Newell (1,5)
Art Skov (2,6)
Lloyd Gilmour (3)
Ron Wicks (4)
Dates May 7 – May 19
MVP Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers)
Series-winning goal Rick MacLeish (14:48, first,G6)
Networks CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NBC (United States, Games 3, 6), WTAF (Philadelphia area, Games 1, 2, 5), WSBK (Boston area, Games 1, 2, 4, 5)

The 1974 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers made their first Final appearance and the Bruins returned to the Finals after having won the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers won the best-of-seven series four games to two and became the first team from the 1967 Expansion to win the Stanley Cup.

Paths to the Final[edit]

Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 to advance to the final.

Philadelphia defeated the Atlanta Flames 4–0 and the New York Rangers 4–3 to make it to the final.

The series[edit]

In the previous 19 games against the Bruins in Boston, the Flyers had lost 17 and tied two. Boston had the best regular season record in the league finishing one point ahead of the Flyers. The Bruins also had home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals, and were made heavy favorites to win the series. A key confidence-building win late in the regular season saw the Flyers defeating the Bruins 5–3 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The first two games at Boston Garden were full of late game dramatics. In game 1, the Flyers nearly scored late in the third period to break a 2–2 tie. Bobby Orr, having saved the Flyers' shot by blocking the open Boston net with his leg, then took the puck up the ice and scored on a slapshot past Bernie Parent with a little over a minute remaining in regulation to propel the Bruins to a 3–2 win. Game 2 saw the Bruins on the verge of a 2–0 series lead when Flyers defenseman Andre Dupont scored with Parent pulled with less than a minute remaining for an extra attacker to tie the score at 2–2, and Bobby Clarke scored the 3–2 game winner in overtime. The Flyers, led by Parent's play in goal, won the next two games on home ice to take a 3–1 series lead. Game 5 in Boston was a sloppy affair marred by many fights and penalties as Boston easily won to extend the series to a game 6 in Philadelphia. Before a national audience watching the game on NBC and a raucous Philadelphia crowd, Parent posted an epic 30-save shutout against the Bruins as the Flyers won the game 1–0, the series four games to two, and the Stanley Cup. Parent made a spectacular kick save to stop a tremendous slapshot from Ken Hodge with less than 3 minutes left to play. The blast was the Bruins' final shot of the series. Parent was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The Flyers were the first of the non-original 6 teams in the NHL to win the championship.

Philadelphia won series 4–2


The Flyers Stanley Cup win triggered the largest celebration in Philadelphia sports history.[1][2] The day after the Flyers won the Cup, more than two million lined Broad Street for a ticker-tape parade,[3] making it the largest championship parade in the history of Philadelphia sports.[2][4] One of the fans who attended the parade was future New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter.[5] Richter grew up in Flourtown, Pa. near Philadelphia idolizing Flyers goalie Bernie Parent.[6]


Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Parent, BernieBernie Parent G L 29 1973 Montreal, Quebec
2 Canada Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe D L 33 1967 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3 Canada Bladon, TomTom Bladon D R 21 1972 Edmonton, Alberta
4 Canada Ashbee, BarryBarry Ashbee D R 34 1970 Weston, Ontario
6 Canada Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D L 24 1972 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
7 Canada Barber, BillBill Barber LW L 21 1972 Callander, Ontario
8 Canada Schultz, DaveDave Schultz LW L 24 1969 Waldheim, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Kelly, BobBob Kelly LW L 23 1970 Oakville, Ontario
10 Canada Clement, BillBill Clement C L 23 1970 Buckingham, Quebec
11 Canada Saleski, DonDon Saleski RW R 24 1972 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
12 Canada Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer (A) RW R 31 1967 Kitchener, Ontario
14 Canada Watson, JoeJoe Watson (A) D L 30 1967 Smithers, British Columbia
15 Canada Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp (A) C L 30 1973 Parry Sound, Ontario
16 Canada Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke (C) C L 24 1969 Flin Flon, Manitoba
17 Canada Nolet, SimonSimon Nolet RW R 32 1967 St. Odilon, Quebec
18 Canada Lonsberry, RossRoss Lonsberry LW L 27 1972 Watson, Saskatchewan
19 Canada MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish C L 24 1971 Cannington, Ontario
20 Canada Watson, JimJim Watson D L 21 1972 Smithers, British Columbia
21 Canada Flett, BillBill Flett RW R 30 1972 Vermilion, Alberta
26 Canada Kindrachuk, OrestOrest Kindrachuk C L 23 1972 Nanton, Alberta
27 Canada Cowick, BruceBruce Cowick LW L 22 1973 Victoria, British Columbia
30 Canada Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor G R 29 1968 Calgary, Alberta

Boston Bruins[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G L 25 1973 Saint-Esprit, Quebec
4 Canada Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D L 26 1966 Parry Sound, Ontario
6 Canada Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D L 28 1973 Strathroy, Ontario
7 Canada Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C L 32 1967 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
8 United Kingdom Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW R 29 1967 Birmingham, England
9 Canada Bucyk, JohnnyJohnny Bucyk (C) LW L 39 1957 Edmonton, Alberta
10 Canada Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D L 28 1972 Montreal, Quebec
11 Canada Savard, AndreAndre Savard C L 20 1973 Temiscamingue, Quebec
12 Canada Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman RW R 28 1964 Kingston, Ontario
14 Canada Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW L 25 1973 Montreal, Quebec
17 Canada Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW R 29 1974 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
18 Canada Leduc, RichRich Leduc C L 22 1971 Ile Perot, Quebec
19 Canada Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard LW L 25 1972 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
20 Canada Smith, DallasDallas Smith D L 32 1959 Hamiota, Manitoba
21 Canada Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW L 27 1965 Arthabaska, Quebec
22 Canada Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C L 20 1973 Peterborough, Ontario
23 Canada Sims, AlAl Sims D L 21 1973 Toronto, Ontario
24 Canada O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW R 22 1971 Niagara Falls, Ontario
29 Canada Simmons, AlAl Simmons D L 23 1974 Winnipeg, Manitoba
30 Canada Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G L 36 1971 Toronto, Ontario

Philadelphia Flyers – 1974 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Celebration in the Flyers' locker room, May 19, 1974


  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • #25 Al MacAdam played five regular season games and one playoff game. Although he did receive a Stanley Cup ring, his name was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.[7]
  • Joe Kadlec^, John Brogan^ (Directors of Public Relations) were included on Philadelphia's Stanley Cup winning pictures in 1974, 1975, but their names do not appear on the Stanley Cup.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keese, Parton (May 20, 1974). "Flyers Capture Stanley Cup by Beating Bruins, 1–0". New York Times. p. 41. 
  2. ^ a b 1974 stanley cup on YouTube
  3. ^ Keese, Parton (May 21, 1974). "Philadelphia Flies High As Its Flyers". New York Times. p. 35. 
  4. ^ Lin, Jennifer; Steele, Allison; Dwight Ott (October 31, 2008). "Parade for the Champs; Noon High: Million-plus expected at celebration". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1. In the annals of Philadelphia sports parades, the biggest crowd turned out for the 1974 celebration of the Flyers' Stanley Cup. More than two million fans flocked to Broad Street. 
  5. ^ Price, Laura (June 18, 1994). "Rangers' Parade Of Glory". Newsday. p. A41. The All-Star goaltender (Richter) remembers watching a victory parade in Philadelphia as a youngster when the Flyers won the Cup in 1974. 
  6. ^ Alven, Al (November 15, 2007). "Prospect Profile: James van Riemsdyk". philadelphiaflyers.com. Flyers.NHL.com. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Legends of Hockey – NHL Player Search – Player – Al MacAdam". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 
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