1975 Stanley Cup Finals

1975 Stanley Cup Finals

1975 Stanley Cup Finals
Philadelphia Flyers 4242524
Buffalo Sabres  1 1 54 1 0 2
* overtime periods
Location:Philadelphia (Spectrum) (1,2,5)
Buffalo (Buffalo Memorial Auditorium) (3,4,6)
Coaches:Philadelphia: Fred Shero
Buffalo: Floyd Smith
Captains:Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
Buffalo: Jim Schoenfeld
Referees:Art Skov, Bruce Hood, Lloyd Gilmour, Wally Harris
Dates:May 15 – May 27
MVP:Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers)
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]
 < 1974Stanley Cup Finals1976 > 

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.[2]

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

Paths to the Final

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.

The series

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.[3] The game continued and the Sabres won thanks to Rene Robert's goal in overtime.

Series box score

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
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

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Parent, BernieBernie Parent G L 30 1973 Montreal, Quebec
2 Canada Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe D L 35 1967 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3 Canada Bladon, TomTom Bladon D R 22 1972 Edmonton, Alberta
5 Canada Goodenough, LarryLarry Goodenough D R 22 1973 Toronto, Ontario
6 Canada Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D L 25 1972 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
7 Canada Barber, BillBill Barber LW L 22 1972 Callander, Ontario
8 Canada Schultz, DaveDave Schultz LW L 25 1969 Waldheim, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Kelly, BobBob Kelly LW L 24 1970 Oakville, Ontario
10 Canada Clement, BillBill Clement C L 24 1970 Buckingham, Quebec
11 Canada Saleski, DonDon Saleski RW R 25 1972 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
12 Canada Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer (A) RW R 32 1967 Kitchener, Ontario
14 Canada Watson, JoeJoe Watson (A) D L 31 1967 Smithers, British Columbia
15 Canada Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp (A) C L 31 1973 Parry Sound, Ontario
16 Canada Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke (C) C L 25 1969 Flin Flon, Manitoba
18 Canada Lonsberry, RossRoss Lonsberry LW L 28 1972 Watson, Saskatchewan
19 Canada MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish C L 25 1971 Cannington, Ontario
20 Canada Watson, JimJim Watson D L 22 1972 Smithers, British Columbia
25 Canada Harris, TedTed Harris D L 38 1974 Winnipeg, Manitoba
26 Canada Kindrachuk, OrestOrest Kindrachuk C L 24 1972 Nanton, Alberta
27 Canada Leach, ReggieReggie Leach RW R 25 1974 Riverton, Manitoba
30 Canada Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor G R 30 1968 Calgary, Alberta
35 Canada Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson G L 30 1974 Fort William, Ontario

Buffalo Sabres

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier G R 33 1970 Bracebridge, Ontario
3 Canada McIntosh, PaulPaul McIntosh D R 21 1974 Listowel, Ontario
4 Canada Korab, JerryJerry Korab D L 26 1973 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
5 United States Fogolin Jr., LeeLee Fogolin Jr. D R 20 1974 Chicago, Illinois
6 Canada Schoenfeld, JimJim Schoenfeld (C) D L 22 1972 Galt, Ontario
7 Canada Martin, RickRick Martin W L 23 1971 LaSalle, Quebec
8 Canada Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz C L 28 1972 Waterloo, Ontario
9 Canada Dudley, RickRick Dudley LW L 26 1972 Toronto, Ontario
10 Canada Ramsay, CraigCraig Ramsay LW L 24 1971 Weston, Ontario
11 Canada Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault C L 24 1970 Victoriaville, Quebec
14 Canada Robert, ReneRene Robert C R 26 1972 Trois Rivieres, Quebec
15 Canada Deziel, MichelMichel Deziel LW L 21 1974 Sorel, Quebec
16 Canada McNab, PeterPeter McNab C L 23 1972 Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Canada Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW L 31 1975 Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada Gare, DannyDanny Gare RW R 21 1974 Nelson, British Columbia
20 Canada Luce, DonDon Luce C L 26 1971 London, Ontario
21 Canada Spencer, BrianBrian Spencer LW L 25 1974 Fort St. James, British Columbia
22 Canada Guevremont, JocelynJocelyn Guevremont D R 24 1974 Montreal, Quebec
23 Canada Carriere, LarryLarry Carriere D L 23 1972 Montreal, Quebec
24 Canada Hajt, BillBill Hajt D L 23 1971 Radisson, Saskatchewan
29 Canada Bromley, GaryGary Bromley G L 25 1971 Edmonton, Alberta
30 Canada Desjardins, GerryGerry Desjardins G L 30 1975 Sudbury, Ontario

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.

See also



Preceded by
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens