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Before the IceDogs. Before the Thunder. Niagara Falls had a Junior ‘A’ hockey team called the Flyers. The 1964-65 version of the Niagara Falls Flyers dominated the OHA and then dominated the Memorial Cup.
The Flyers finished the 56 game regular season with 36 wins and atop the eight team OHA. Although not the top offensive team in the league, the Flyers allowed 29 less goals than the next best team, the Peterborough Petes. This was due to the goaltending tandem of Bernie Parent and Doug Favell. Both would play together again for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers met the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Memorial Cup, which at the time was a best of seven series between just two teams. Of course, the current format features a round-robin tournament with four teams from across Canada. Niagara Falls won the series four games to one, despite Edmonton having home ice advantage throughout the series. The Flyers outscored the Oil Kings 25 to 11.
Of the players on the Flyers roster that season, Thirteen players moved on to play in the National Hockey League. Eight of those players also played games in the World Hockey Association. One player from the 1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers played just in the WHA.
Teams didn’t carry as many players in 1964-65 than they do today. Only four regular players from that team did not move on to play professionally in the NHL or the WHA.
In all, the thirteen players totalled 6,987 regular season games in the NHL. The nine players that played in the WHA together totalled 1498 regular season games.
What follows is a list of those fourteen Flyers that played major league hockey:
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