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Bill Sutherland

William Fraser Sutherland

He scored the first goal in Philadelphia Flyers history on October 11, 1967.

After several seasons in the minor leagues, Sutherland made a first appearance in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1963 Stanley Cup playoffs, playing two games for Montreal and registering zero points. He would go on to play four more seasons in the American Hockey League with the Quebec Aces before earning his chance in the NHL as a regular with the expansion Philadelphia Flyers, og which he scored the first goal in history on October 11 1967 . He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings, before finishing his career in the World Hockey Association with the Winnipeg Jets.

In 1979, Sutherland took on coaching duties with the Winnipeg Jets. He has been assistant coach with the Jets for a decade, and has been interim coach twice. He also have been assistant coach with the Maine Mariners for one season in 1989-90.

Career StatisticsEdit

PlayingEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1952-53 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 1 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1953-54 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 25 25 18 43 42 10 5 12 17 14
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 8 6 7 13 10
1954-55 St. Boniface Canadiens "C" MJHL 25 25 35 60 33 -- -- -- -- --
1955-56 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 53 25 31 56 24 -- -- -- -- --
1956-57 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 58 27 26 53 30 7 1 1 2 4
1957-58 Shawinigan Falls Cataracts QHL 2 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 60 55 39 94 43 4 2 1 3 2
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Montreal Royals QHL 47 27 16 43 32 7 7 3 10 13
1959-60 Montreal Royals EPHL 65 35 40 75 40 14 3 7 10 13
1960-61 Cleveland Barons AHL 58 19 14 33 30 4 0 0 0 12
1961-62 Cleveland Barons AHL 70 20 28 48 49 6 0 2 2 4
1962-63 Quebec Aces AHL 45 21 17 38 22 -- -- -- -- --
Montreal Canadiens NHL -- -- -- -- -- 2 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 49 22 33 55 32 9 2 7 9 22
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 58 35 25 60 50 5 3 2 5 6
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 48 24 25 49 24 6 3 3 6 2
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 67 40 38 78 27 5 3 4 7 4
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 20 9 29 6 7 1 3 4 0
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 7 5 12 14 -- -- -- -- --
Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 7 3 10 4 4 1 1 2 0
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 15 17 32 30 -- -- -- -- --
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
St. Louis Blues NHL 68 19 20 39 41 1 0 0 0 0
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 2 3 5 2 -- -- -- -- --
Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
Tidewater Wings AHL 40 6 10 16 26 -- -- -- -- --
1972-73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 48 6 16 22 34 14 5 9 14 9
1973-74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 12 4 5 9 6 4 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 250 70 58 128 99 14 2 4 6 0
WHA Totals 60 10 21 31 40 18 5 9 14 13

CoachingEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League Type GP W L T Pts Finish GP W L Results
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA Assist 49 25 22 2 52 3rd 10 8 2 Won League
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 20 49 11 51 5th Smythe DNQ
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 28 1 20 7 8 - -
Head 28 5 20 3 13 - -
Assoc 24 3 17 4 10 5th Smythe DNQ
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 33 33 14 80 2nd Norris 4 1 3 Lost Div Semi
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 33 39 8 74 4th Smythe 3 0 3 Lost Div Semi
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 31 38 11 73 4th Smythe 3 0 3 Lost Div Semi
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 43 27 10 96 2nd Smythe 8 3 5 Lost Div Final
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 26 47 7 59 3rd Smythe 3 0 3 Lost Div Semi
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 40 32 8 88 3rd Smythe 10 4 6 Lost Div Final
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 33 36 11 77 3rd Smythe 5 1 4 Lost Div Semi
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL Assist 80 26 42 12 64 5th Smythe DNQ
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL Assist 80 31 38 11 73 5th North DNQ
NHL Head Coaching Totals 28 5 20 3 13 - 0 0 0 -

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • Turnbull Cup Manitoba Junior Hockey League Championship (1954)
  • MJHL Second All-Star Team (1955)
  • International Hockey League Championship (1957)
  • IHL Goal Scoring Leader (1958)
  • IHL Second All-Star Team (1958)
  • Quebec Hockey League Championship (1959)
  • Eastern Professional Hockey League Championship (1960)
  • Avco Cup World Hockey Association Championship (1979)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

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