The 1974 and 1975 Flyers Stanley Cup Teams at Carnival tomorrow

Published on January 25th, 2014

The Flyers Wives Carnival to be held tomorrow will place a special spotlight on the 1974 and 1975 Flyers Stanley Cup Teams.  They will be presented with the “Spirit of Giving Award” by Flyers Charities honoring their philanthropic, winning spirit over the last the last 40 years.

Below are selected transcripts with the members of the 1974 and 1975 Flyers Stanley Cup teams,

Bill Barber

Bill, about the carnival, you guys have your own little wing tomorrow. Tell me what that’s about and the excitement…

“Anytime the alumni gets together it’s a great event. We go back a long time, had much success and won [the] Cup so all the guys are pretty close. Obviously for a great event, like the carnival, it raises a lot of money for the past years and I think everyone is looking forward to this upcoming carnival and to be a part of it. We’re proud to be there and it will be a good time.”

Why has this Flyers team have this connection that has been going so well for so long?

“I think the one [is that] the area provides a great living space for families and I believe a lot of the guys stayed behind.  Anytime you win a championship, the players are a little closer and it means a lot, so we were fortunate enough to stay in the area. We have a lot of guys who are from the area while having some from [outside] coming in and we’ve always been close. Like I said, anytime you can get together with these guys, it’s a fun time. They are a great bunch of guys. They mean a lot to me. They’re my teammates and without teammates you don’t go very far.”

From those Stanley Cup years, is there one memory or one instance that was engraved in your brain forever?

“I just think winning – in the two years that we won – stands out more than any of the other events that we were involved in, whether it was the Russian game or a game, it’s just the last game and winning a championship… winning at home against Boston the first year and then winning on the road the second year in Buffalo. Not much could be said about it. Our fathers are in, our moms are in and everyone is involved. It’s a memory. It’s not a thought process that’s ever going to be forgotten. It’s embedded in us forever.”

The carnival, which they had here for what seems like forever, tell me what is so special about that.

“It’s in memory of Barry Ashbee, who had passed with leukemia. They started this carnival, a fundraiser, to raise money for charities and now it has escalated to this. They’ve done a great job, all the people involved, the staff that’s involved and the work that’s put into it. It’s a great event and it raises a lot of money. We are very fortunate to be part of it.”

Reggie Leach

Reggie Leach

Reggie Leach

Reggie, another year, another carnival and the alumni are back together again. Can you just talk about, I guess you guys have a very special wing tomorrow, just tell me what that’s all about.

“It’s a special occasion for us because it’s the 40-year anniversary and we haven’t seen each other in a long time. All of us were invited to come down for the carnival and I think it’s going to be a great time. I’ve been with the guys for a couple days now and it’s been nothing but laughs. The stories got bigger and better every year and it’s just wonderful to be back in the city.”

Why is there such a special bond between you, the teammates, this city and this organization?

“I was very lucky for myself. I came here the second Cup and meanwhile the bond was already there. I fit in very well with them, but it’s what Fred Shero taught us as players and as young men, to stick together, and that’s what we’re doing. Even after all these years we still help each other out and we all have fun together. We look after each other just to see how each other is doing. That’s all it is about, being a part of a great team.”

Speaking of that great team, is there one memory you have that’s engraved in your brain forever?

“For myself, it is winning my first Stanley Cup, being involved with the players and being here in the glory years of the Flyers – especially with the players that we have. The 25 guys that have stuck together over the years, that was probably the biggest thing for me.”

The carnival is tomorrow and you’ve been a part of it for many years, right?

“Not really, no. I did the carnival a couple of years ago. I don’t live in the area anymore, but I’ve been to the carnival before. A couple years ago I came in with Bobby Clarke and Billy Barber and we did a signing together for the first time in a really long time. It’s actually fun because you have special people that come to the carnival. They are my age and they look at you as their childhood heroes. They’re shaking and smiling at us. It’s a great feeling for us and for people to remember us as the way we were when we were younger.”

Terry Crisp

Terry Crisp

Terry Crisp

Tell me about being here because you guys have a special wing for tomorrow. They’re really doing this up real good for you guys tomorrow, aren’t they?

“You know the neatest part is time passes on, memories remain in linger, but this organization and what history means to them all boils down to one man that keeps it going. That man’s name is Ed Snider. I have been through a lot of organizations and some great organizations, but nothing stems to this organization. Mr. Snider keeps appreciating what happened in the past and keeps us alive by bringing us to the [Winter Classics] and bringing us back for different functions. And then this one here, for the first time in a long time we get a chance to come back and do the [Carnival], which most of us were here for, in the seventies, when it started. Originally, it was just a group of the wives getting together to collect money – nothing like the carnival today. It has gone from what it was back then to the event it is today and that is largely due to Mr. Snider and his making sure it stays alive.”

And you know the fans never forget…

“This is funny because I laugh now when I go to the carnival. Kids will come up and ask for an autograph and they will talk about ‘oh, you were a member of the Broad Street Bullies.’ Not that you were a Flyer or with the Blues or Boston. I’d say to them ‘How do you know that phrase?’ and they’d say ‘my grandfather tells me that all the time.’ I read the book about how the name came about. It was going to be something like the “Blue Line Bandidos” and then suddenly it was the “Broad Street Bullies.” When you think back, we called it a term of endearment because we were part of it, but what other word or phrase in the hockey world is there? You don’t hear about the “big bad Bruins,” “the flying Habs” or the “NY Islanders dynasty.” The one phrase that still remains and lives, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which side of the road you’re on, is the “Broad Street Bullies.” We still have men come up to us and use that phrase so it makes us proud. They remember.”

What’s your favorite memory from those teams? Do you have any special moment or play that you’ll remember forever?

“Yes. My favorite one obviously is when the final buzzer went off on that Sunday afternoon against the Boston Bruins. When Bernie Parent made that big save and we won it 1-0, that never leaves you. You can never duplicate or replicate a first time. That one to me still sticks in my mind. When the buzzer went and Bobby Orr came out of the penalty box, we’re all thinking ‘what’s this guy going to do now? Somebody get on him and get a hold of him.’ That is probably the staying moment with me.”

Andre Dupont

Andre Dupont

Andre Dupont

Tomorrow for the carnival, I know the organization has made a special little wing for you guys. Just tell me your thoughts on that and just the excitement for tomorrow’s event.

“This event is big because it started when we were here. My wife and I were driving down here and talking about it. I said ‘it’s unbelievable that it’s been going on for 40 years.’ I know that Don Saleski’s wife, Mary Ann, is working hard at it. They’re making such an effort to succeed and for us to be part of it tomorrow is just wonderful. We’re just happy to be here.”

What is your favorite moment from your playing days as a Flyer? Is there any moment that sticks out that is engraved in your memory forever?

“Winning the Stanley Cup. The city of Philadelphia was known as a city of losers before we won that first Stanley Cup. Everybody in town became winners and that was such a big thing, especially the parade we had at the end was unbelievable. There is no word to explain what we felt and what that day was too with that parade. And just to be back today is about the same feeling. People remember us like it was yesterday. It’s still amazing.”

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