Although Bernie Parent Jr.’s father was a star goalie for the , National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, he attributes ~ his decision to play ice hockey to · his mother. ‘ “My dad never pushed me into playing hockey,” Parent Jr. said. “My dad was always traveling with the team. so it was my mom who got up at 5 a.m. to drive me to games and practices o~ Saturday mornings.” • The younger Parent has played hockey since he was 5-years-old. His father was the Flyers goal tender for 12 years and was awarded their Most Valuable Player award in 1974 and 1975.