Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent is seen here chatting with his childhood hero, Hall of Fame puckstopped Jacques Plante. But they were more than hero and hero worshipper. From 1971-73, Parent and Plante were the goaltending tandem for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 1970-71, his first season with the Leafs, Plante led the NHL with a 1.88 goals-against average and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team. Parent arrived from the Flyers in a trade that season and also played with Toronto in 1971-72 before jumping to the WHA’s Philadelphia Blazers.
He returned to the NHL a year later and the Leafs traded him back to Philly, where Parent led the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups, winning two Vezinas and a pair of Conn Smythe Trophies. He joined Plante in the Hockey Hall of Fame after his career was cut short by an eye injury suffered in 1979.
Prior to arriving in Toronto, Plante won six Stanley Cups and seven Vezina Trophies.
From a team standpoint, the Leafs fared much better with their other two Hall of Fame goaltending tandems.
In 1950-51, Turk Broda (31) and Al Rollins (40) combined to backstop the Leafs to the Stanley Cup.
In 1964, the Leafs acquired three-time Cup winner Terry Sawchuk with three-time Cup winner Johnny Bower.
They won the Vezina Trophy in 1964-65 and carried the Leafs to their most recent Cup win in 1966-67.