1974 Stanley Cup Finals

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1974 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Philadelphia Flyers 23*4411 4
Boston Bruins 32*1250 2
* overtime periods
Location(s)Philadelphia: Spectrum (3, 4, 6)
Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)
CoachesPhiladelphia: Fred Shero
Boston: Bep Guidolin
CaptainsPhiladelphia: Bobby Clarke
Boston: John Bucyk
RefereesDave Newell (1, 5)
Art Skov (2, 6)
Lloyd Gilmour (3)
Ron Wicks (4)
DatesMay 7 – May 19
MVPBernie Parent (Flyers)
Series-winning goalRick MacLeish (14:48, first,G6)
NetworksCBC (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 Finals 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 Final. 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 Finals[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.

Game summaries[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 one, 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 goaltender Bernie Parent with a little over a minute remaining in regulation time to propel the Bruins to a 3–2 win. Game two 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 five in Boston was a sloppy affair marred by many fights and penalties as Boston easily won to extend the series to a game six 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 three 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 1967 expansion 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] Some observers of the celebration noted that they had seen that type of event in Philadelphia once before, being the announcement of the surrender of Japan on August 14, 1945. 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]

Team rosters[edit]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Bernie Parent G L 29 1973 Montreal, Quebec
2 Canada Ed Van Impe D L 33 1967 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3 Canada Tom Bladon D R 21 1972 Edmonton, Alberta
4 Canada Barry Ashbee D R 34 1970 Weston, Ontario
6 Canada Andre Dupont D L 24 1972 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
7 Canada Bill Barber LW L 21 1972 Callander, Ontario
8 Canada Dave Schultz LW L 24 1969 Waldheim, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Bob Kelly LW L 23 1970 Oakville, Ontario
10 Canada Bill Clement C L 23 1970 Buckingham, Quebec
11 Canada Don Saleski RW R 24 1972 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
12 Canada Gary Dornhoefer (A) RW R 31 1967 Kitchener, Ontario
14 Canada Joe Watson (A) D L 30 1967 Smithers, British Columbia
15 Canada Terry Crisp (A) C L 30 1973 Parry Sound, Ontario
16 Canada Bobby Clarke (C) C L 24 1969 Flin Flon, Manitoba
17 Canada Simon Nolet RW R 32 1967 St. Odilon, Quebec
18 Canada Ross Lonsberry LW L 27 1972 Watson, Saskatchewan
19 Canada Rick MacLeish C L 24 1971 Cannington, Ontario
20 Canada Jim Watson D L 21 1972 Smithers, British Columbia
21 Canada Bill Flett RW R 30 1972 Vermilion, Alberta
26 Canada Orest Kindrachuk C L 23 1972 Nanton, Alberta
27 Canada Bruce Cowick LW L 22 1973 Victoria, British Columbia
30 Canada Bobby Taylor G R 29 1968 Calgary, Alberta

Boston Bruins[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Gilles Gilbert G L 25 1973 Saint-Esprit, Quebec
4 Canada Bobby Orr D L 26 1966 Parry Sound, Ontario
6 Canada Darryl Edestrand D L 28 1973 Strathroy, Ontario
7 Canada Phil Esposito C L 32 1967 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
8 United Kingdom Ken Hodge RW R 29 1967 Birmingham, United Kingdom
9 Canada Johnny Bucyk (C) LW L 39 1957 Edmonton, Alberta
10 Canada Carol Vadnais D L 28 1972 Montreal, Quebec
11 Canada Andre Savard C L 20 1973 Temiscamingue, Quebec
12 Canada Wayne Cashman RW R 28 1964 Kingston, Ontario
14 Canada Dave Forbes LW L 25 1973 Montreal, Quebec
17 Canada Bobby Schmautz RW R 29 1974 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
18 Canada Rich Leduc C L 22 1971 Ile Perot, Quebec
19 Canada Gregg Sheppard LW L 25 1972 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
20 Canada Dallas Smith D L 32 1959 Hamiota, Manitoba
21 Canada Don Marcotte LW L 27 1965 Arthabaska, Quebec
22 Canada Doug Gibson C L 20 1973 Peterborough, Ontario
23 Canada Al Sims D L 21 1973 Toronto, Ontario
24 Canada Terry O'Reilly RW R 22 1971 Niagara Falls, Ontario
29 Canada Al Simmons D L 23 1974 Winnipeg, Manitoba
30 Canada Ross 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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