Top 100 Philadelphia Moments: #50 to #26

50. FLYERS WIN BACK-TO-BACK STANLEY CUPS, 1974-’75
50. FLYERS WIN BACK-TO-BACK STANLEY CUPS, 1974-’75
They were like the city they played for: a ragamuffin gang of toughs (albeit ones on ice skates) who knew that a sharp elbow was sometimes the only way to win. They became known as “the Broad Street Bullies,” and they looked it, led by gap-toothed, handsome Bobby Clarke and Dave “the Hammer” Schultz, who became so famous for his time in the penalty box that he later recorded a novelty song about it. Their anchor was a quiet French-Canadian named ­Bernie Parent, who sat in goal like an oversized fire hydrant and blocked so many shots that a bumper sticker declared, “Only the Lord saves more than Bernie Parent.” The club’s back-to-back championships in 1974 and 1975 electrified a city still suffering a hangover from the awful Phillies collapse of ’64, and created an icon in triple-chinned announcer Gene Hart, whose trademark “He shoots! He scores!” would be the team’s soundtrack for almost 30 years.

 
 

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