1975 Stanley Cup Finals

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1975 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Philadelphia Flyers 424*252 4
Buffalo Sabres 115*410 2
* overtime periods
Location(s) Philadelphia: Spectrum (1, 2, 5)
Buffalo: Memorial Auditorium (3, 4, 6)
Coaches Philadelphia: Fred Shero
Buffalo: Floyd Smith
Captains Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
Buffalo: Jim Schoenfeld
Referees Art Skov (1, 5)
Bruce Hood (2, 6)
Lloyd Gilmour (3)
Wally Harris (4)
Dates May 15 – May 27
MVP Bernie Parent (Flyers)
Series-winning goal Bob Kelly (0:11, third, G6)
Networks CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NBC (United States, Games 2, 5), WTAF (Philadelphia area, Games 3, 4, 6), WKBW (Buffalo area, Games 1, 3, 4, 6)
Announcers NBC: Tim Ryan, Ted Lindsay, Brian McFarlane, Phil Esposito[1]

The 1975 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1974–75 season, and the culmination of the 1975 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Buffalo Sabres and the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers would win the best-of-seven series, four games to two. This was the first Final to have two non-"Original Six" teams since the 1967 expansion, and also the first contested by any team that had joined the league after 1967 (the Sabres were part of the 1970 expansion). The 1975 Flyers are the last Stanley Cup championship team to be composed solely of Canadian-born players.[2]

This was the only Final between 1965 and 1979 not to feature either the Boston Bruins or the Montreal Canadiens.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Buffalo defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 and the Montreal Canadiens 4–2 to advance to the final.

Philadelphia defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 and the New York Islanders 4–3 to make it to the final.

Game summaries[edit]

Bernie Parent was the outgunned Flyers' best player, allowing only 12 goals in the six games, capped with a shutout. He became the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for two consecutive years. Since Parent, only two players have also won consecutive Conn Smythe Trophies, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux in the Penguins' Stanley Cup wins in 1991 and 1992 and Sidney Crosby in the Penguins' 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup championships. In the deciding game six played in Buffalo, the Sabres' offensive big guns rained shot after shot on Parent in an all-out effort to turn the series around. but Parent remained perfect. He stopped French Connection linemates Gilbert Perreault and Rick Martin on a 2–1 late in period two that had Flyers legendary broadcaster Gene Hart screaming into his microphone:

Out come the Sabres...two on one...Perreault and Martin with just Dupont back...Perrault to Martin...He's in...Shot!....save by Parent...and he hangs on!...Oh baby!

The dramatic stop by Parent took the offensive energy out of the Sabres and the Flyers scored two third-period goals to take the championship.

Fog and the Bat[edit]

The third game of the series was the legendary Fog Game. Due to unusual heat in Buffalo in May 1975, and the lack of an air conditioning system in the auditorium, portions of the game were played in heavy fog. During stoppages of play, rink employees skated around the arena ice carrying bed sheets in an attempt to dispel the fog. Players, officials, and the puck were invisible to many spectators. The fog began to form just minutes after another odd incident: A bat in the arena, which flew above and around the players for the majority of the game, until Sabres center Jim Lorentz killed it with his stick. Many superstitious Buffalo fans considered this to be an 'evil omen,' pertaining to the result of the series. It was the only time that any player killed an animal during an NHL game.[3] The game continued and the Sabres won thanks to Rene Robert's goal in overtime.

Series box score[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–2


Team rosters[edit]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Bernie Parent G L 30 1973 Montreal, Quebec
2 Canada Ed Van Impe D L 35 1967 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3 Canada Tom Bladon D R 22 1972 Edmonton, Alberta
5 Canada Larry Goodenough D R 22 1973 Toronto, Ontario
6 Canada Andre Dupont D L 25 1972 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
7 Canada Bill Barber LW L 22 1972 Callander, Ontario
8 Canada Dave Schultz LW L 25 1969 Waldheim, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Bob Kelly LW L 24 1970 Oakville, Ontario
10 Canada Bill Clement C L 24 1970 Buckingham, Quebec
11 Canada Don Saleski RW R 25 1972 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
12 Canada Gary Dornhoefer (A) RW R 32 1967 Kitchener, Ontario
14 Canada Joe Watson (A) D L 31 1967 Smithers, British Columbia
15 Canada Terry Crisp (A) C L 31 1973 Parry Sound, Ontario
16 Canada Bobby Clarke (C) C L 25 1969 Flin Flon, Manitoba
18 Canada Ross Lonsberry LW L 28 1972 Watson, Saskatchewan
19 Canada Rick MacLeish C L 25 1971 Cannington, Ontario
20 Canada Jim Watson D L 22 1972 Smithers, British Columbia
25 Canada Ted Harris D L 38 1974 Winnipeg, Manitoba
26 Canada Orest Kindrachuk C L 24 1972 Nanton, Alberta
27 Canada Reggie Leach RW R 25 1974 Riverton, Manitoba
30 Canada Bobby Taylor G R 30 1968 Calgary, Alberta
35 Canada Wayne Stephenson G L 30 1974 Fort William, Ontario

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Roger Crozier G R 33 1970 Bracebridge, Ontario
3 Canada Paul McIntosh D R 21 1974 Listowel, Ontario
4 Canada Jerry Korab D L 26 1973 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
5 United States Lee Fogolin Jr. D R 20 1974 Chicago, Illinois
6 Canada Jim Schoenfeld (C) D L 22 1972 Galt, Ontario
7 Canada Rick Martin W L 23 1971 LaSalle, Quebec
8 Canada Jim Lorentz C L 28 1972 Waterloo, Ontario
9 Canada Rick Dudley LW L 26 1972 Toronto, Ontario
10 Canada Craig Ramsay LW L 24 1971 Weston, Ontario
11 Canada Gilbert Perreault C L 24 1970 Victoriaville, Quebec
14 Canada Rene Robert C R 26 1972 Trois Rivieres, Quebec
15 Canada Michel Deziel LW L 21 1974 Sorel, Quebec
16 Canada Peter McNab C L 23 1972 Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Canada Fred Stanfield LW L 31 1975 Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada Danny Gare RW R 21 1974 Nelson, British Columbia
20 Canada Don Luce C L 26 1971 London, Ontario
21 Canada Brian Spencer LW L 25 1974 Fort St. James, British Columbia
22 Canada Jocelyn Guevremont D R 24 1974 Montreal, Quebec
23 Canada Larry Carriere D L 23 1972 Montreal, Quebec
24 Canada Bill Hajt D L 23 1971 Radisson, Saskatchewan
29 Canada Gary Bromley G L 25 1971 Edmonton, Alberta
30 Canada Gerry Desjardins G L 30 1975 Sudbury, Ontario

Philadelphia Flyers – 1975 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Edward "Ted" Harris won 5 Stanley Cups. He was engraved on the Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens as Edward Harris in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969. Harris was engraved as Ted Harris with Philadelphia Flyers in 1975.
  • 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.
  • Bobby Taylor only played 3 regular season games after coming out of retirement. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, because he was dressed during the playoffs.
  • Reggie Leach was first aboriginal born NHL Hockey player to get his name on the Stanley Cup.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey finals on tap". The Day. May 17, 1975. p. 18A. 
  2. ^ Weekes, Don. The Big Book of Hockey Trivia. Greystone Books. p. 558. ISBN 1-55365-119-7. 
  3. ^ '75 SCF Bat/Fog Flyers-Sabres '75 SCF Bat/Fog on YouTube

References[edit]

  • 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. 
Preceded by
Philadelphia Flyers
1974
Philadelphia Flyers
Stanley Cup Champions

1975
Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
1976