1975 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1975 Stanley Cup Final championship series was played by the Buffalo Sabres, making their first Finals appearance 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. The 1975 Flyers are the last Stanley Cup championship team to be composed solely of Canadian-born players.
Paths to the Final
Bernie Parent was the whole ball of wax for the outgunned Flyers, 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 then, only Mario Lemieux has managed to duplicate this feat.
Fog and the Bat
Game 3 in the series was the legendary Fog Game. Due to unusual heat in Buffalo in May 1975, portions of the game were played in heavy 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. The game continued and the Sabres won thanks to Rene Robert's goal in overtime.
Series box score
|Thu, May 15||Buffalo||1||Philadelphia||4|
|Sun, May 18||Buffalo||1||Philadelphia||2|
|Tue, May 20||Philadelphia||4||Buffalo||5||OT|
|Thu, May 22||Philadelphia||2||Buffalo||4|
|Sun, May 25||Buffalo||1||Philadelphia||5|
|Tue, May 27||Philadelphia||2||Buffalo||0|
Philadelphia wins the series 4–2.
Philadelphia Flyers 1975 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Ed Snider (Chairman/Owner), Joe Scott (President)
- F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. (Vice Chairman), Fred Shero (Head Coach)
- Keith Allen (Vice President/General Manager)
- Lou Scheinfield (Vice President), Mike Nykoluk (Asst. Coach),
- Marcel Pelletier (Director of Player Development), Barry Ashbee (Asst. Coach)
- Frank Lewis (Trainer), Jim McKenzie (Asst. Trainer)
- Joe Kadlec^ (Director of Public Relations) John Blogan^ (Director of Public Relations)
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 Blogan^ (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.
Stanley Cup Champions
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