50 Years Ago in Hockey – Parent Leads Flyers to Cup

(Author’s note – this is not the last time in hockey history we would see this headline.)

The 1965 Memorial Cup final came to a merciful end last night as the Niagara Falls Flyers. led by goalie Bernie Parent, ran roughshod over the Edmonton Oil Kings by a lopsided 8-1 score.  The win was sweet revenge for Niagara Falls, who lost to Edmonton in the 1963 final.  This time, they took the best-of-seven final in five games.

The 1965 Memorial Cup Champion Niagara Falls Flyers.
The 1965 Memorial Cup Champion Niagara Falls Flyers.

The win was a wonderful parting gift to Flyers’ owner-manager Hap Emms.  Emms will be taking over as general manager of the parent Boston Bruins immediately.

Emms said that Parent was “the biggest single thing we had going for us in this series.  He kept us in the series.  He’s the best junior goalie I’ve ever had.”

Bernie Parent
Bernie Parent

Dave Woodley and Don Marcotte had two goals apiece to pace the Niagara attack. Singles came off the sticks of Rosaire Paiement, Bud Debrody, Bill Goldsworthy and Gilles Marotte.

Jim Cardiff, recruited from the Weyburn Red Wings, netted the only Edmonton goal.  Another western recruit, Wayne Stephenson, tended goal for the Oil Kings and managed 24 saves.

Parent was outstanding once again in the Flyers goal.  He made 32 saves, but very few were of the difficult variety.  He did what the great goalies do – stop everything they are supposed to.  The only goal he surrendered was Cardiff’s point shot through a screen, on which he had no chance.

That goal was the game’s first, and was only the second time in the series that Edmonton held a lead, brief though it was.  Paiment’s goal came only three and a half minutes later.

Game five, like the previous game, was played without incidents such as those that marred earlier games in the series.  The heavy police presence certainly kept a lid on things, and there was a noticeable lack of the undesirables that stirred things up and caused the major problems that ended game three.

Lady Byng to Hull

Bobby Hull, the Chicago Black Hawks superstar who threatened to re-write the NHL record book before being slowed by injuries, was named the 1964-65 winner of the Lady Byng Trophy.  The Byng is awarded yearly to the player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability during the season.”

Bobby Hull.
Bobby Hull.

Hull received 80 points out of a maximum 180 in the closely contested voting.  Alex Delvecchio placed second, 21 points behind Hull.  Dave Keon of Toronto finished third with 44 points.  The trophy comes with a $1,000 cash bonus.

Hull scored 39 goals, 32 assists for 71 points in only 61 games for Chicago.  He served only 32 minutes in penalties.

Rochester, Buffalo dominate AHL all-stars

The Rochester Americans and Buffalo Bisons dominated the American Hockey League all-star teams, which were announced yesterday.  The Amerks and Bisons each placed three players on the first team.

Rochester, the top farm club of the Toronto Maple Leafs, placed goalie Gerry Cheevers and defencemen Al Arbour and Larry Hillman.  Bisons named were centre Art Stratton and wingers Len Lunde and Pat Hannigan.

Al Arbour
Al Arbour

The Bisons and Amerks also placed two players each on the second team.  Ed Chadwick of Buffalo was the goalkeeper, and John Miszuk of the Bisons landed one of the defence spots.  Bronco Horvath (centre) and Dick Gamble (left wing) of Rochester had two of the forward positions.

Ed Chadwick

Jim Morrison of Quebec was named to the second team’s other defence post, while team-mate Wayne Hicks was the right-winger.


  • The executive of the Ontario Hockey Association voted yesterday to postpone a decision to raise the status of the Western Ontario Junior B League to Junior A for 1965-66.
  • It is expected that Tom Watt will succeed Joe Kane, who recently resigned as hockey coach at the University of Toronto.  Watt has been a successful high school hockey coach in the city.
  • Fran Huck of the Regina Pats, who was recruited to play for Edmonton in the Memorial Cup final, says he will play for the Canadian National Team, based in Winnipeg, next season.
Fran Huck  opened the scoring for Edmoton.
Fran Huck
  • Bobby Rousseau of the Montreal Canadiens, says he plans to play in the Canadian Open golf tournament, being held this summer in Mississauga.
  • Montreal Canadiens have named Jerry DeLise as general manager of their Omaha team in the Central Professional Hockey League.  DeLise is presently operating the Muskegon Zephyrs of the International Hockey League and will continue with those duties as well.  Bill McCreary, Omaha’s coach for the past two seasons, has had the title of assistant general manager added to his portfolio.
  • The CAHA has said that the length of Derek Sanderson’s suspension has been designated to be two games.   That means that the Niagara Falls player will not be forced to miss any games at the beginning of next season.
  • Former Montreal Canadiens star Kenny Reardon has been suggested as a likely successor to outgoing NHL referee-in-chief Carl Voss.  Reardon has said publicly that he has no interest in the position.
  • Toronto Maple Leaf captain George Armstrong is doing a goodwill tour of Israel.