Retired Philadelphia Flyers Autograph Signing
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Retired Philadelphia Flyers Bernie Parent and Jim Watson will sign autographs in the Lexus display.
Postponed from Thursday, February 13 due to inclement weather.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS
Bernie Parent joined the Flyers in 1967 after being claimed by Philadelphia in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. It was there that he began to establish his reputation as a top goalie. Parent won the Stanley Cup two years in a row with the Flyers, in 1974 and 1975. In both seasons, Parent won the Vezina Trophy as best goalie and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. An eye injury forced him to retire from hockey in 1979. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1998, he was ranked number 63 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players and was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. His jersey number was retired by the Flyers on October 11, 1979, making him one of five players to receive the honor. Today, Bernie currently serves as the Ambassador of Hockey for the Flyers.
Jim was drafted 39th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1972 and went on to play 10 seasons with the team. He and his brother Joe played together on both the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup Championship teams. As a defenseman, Jim recorded 38 goals and 148 assists for a total of 186 points in 613 games with the Flyers. In addition, he played in five NHL All-Star Games—1975-78 & 1980. Today, Jim operates Ice Works in Aston, PA where he holds the Jim Watson Hockey Camp and oversees more than 50 teams.