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Mike Stothers
Mikestothers
Position Defenceman
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
212 lb (96 kg)
Teams Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 22 1962 (1962-02-22) (age 52),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1980
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 1981 – 1992

Mike Patrick Stothers (born February 22, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs, and was the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL and the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL.

Playing careerEdit

Mike Stothers played his junior hockey with the Kingston Canadians of the OMJHL from 1979–1982, appearing in 183 games, registering 74 points (9 goals-65 assists), and in 21 playoff games with Kingston, Stothers had 6 points (1G-5A). The Philadelphia Flyers drafted Stothers with their 1st round draft pick, 21st overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

After Kingston was eliminated from the 1982 OHL playoffs, Stothers joined the Maine Mariners of the AHL for the rest of the 1981–82 season, going pointless in 5 regular season games and in 1 playoff game. Stothers played the entire 1982–83 season with Maine, playing in all 80 games while scoring 18 points (2G-16). He then went pointless in 12 playoff games. Stothers once again spent an entire season with the Mariners in 1983–84, getting 12 points (2G-10A) in 61 games, and then in 17 playoff games, he recorded an assist. The Flyers moved their AHL affiliate to Hershey in 1984–85, and Stothers moved along with them, and had the best season of his career, setting a career high with 26 points (8G-18A) with the Hershey Bears in 60 games. He also made his NHL debut with the Flyers, getting no points in his only game of the season in Philadelphia.

Stothers returned to Hershey in 1985–86, getting 13 points (4G-9A) in 66 games, and 3 points (0G-3A) in 13 playoff games. He also played in 6 games with the Flyers, getting an assist, and played in 3 playoff games with Philadelphia, getting no points. In 1986–87, Stothers was in Hershey again, getting a career high 283 penalty minutes, and had 16 points (5G-11A) in 75 games. He had no points in 5 playoff games with the Bears. He also once again appeared in some games with Philadelphia, getting no points in 2 regular season games, and no points in 2 playoff games with the Flyers.

Stothers started the 1987–88 season splitting time between Hershey, where in 13 games he had 5 points (3G-2A), and in 3 games with the Flyers, he was held pointless. On December 4, 1987, the Flyers sent Stothers to the Toronto Maple Leafs for future considerations. He spent the rest of the season spending time with both the Maple Leafs, getting an assist in 18 games, and the Newmarket Saints of the AHL, with 10 points (1G-9A) in 38 games.

On June 21, 1988, the Maple Leafs sent Stothers back to the Philadelphia Flyers for Bill Root, however he would spend the last 4 years of his playing career with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. In 1988–89, Stothers would get 15 points (4G-11A) in 76 games, along with 262 PIM, and he would earn 2 assists in 9 playoff games. In 1989–90, Stothers would see his production slip to 7 points (1G-6A) in 56 games as the Bears failed to make the playoffs. In 1990–91, Stothers would get 11 points (5G-6A) in 72 games, and chipped in with an assist in 7 playoff games. The 1991–92 season was the final one of Stothers playing career, and he ended it as a player-assistant coach with the Bears, getting 11 points (3G-8A) in 70 games, and had an assist in 6 playoff games. Stothers retired as a hockey player in the summer of 1992 and decided to get into coaching.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 66 4 23 27 137 3 1 1 2 26
1980–81 Kingston Canadians OHL 66 4 22 26 237 14 0 3 3 27
1981–82 Kingston Canadians OHL 61 1 20 21 203 4 0 1 1 8
1981–82 Maine Mariners AHL 5 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
1982–83 Maine Mariners AHL 80 2 16 18 139 12 0 0 0 21
1983–84 Maine Mariners AHL 61 2 10 12 109 17 0 1 1 34
1984–85 Hershey Bears AHL 60 8 18 26 142 -- -- -- -- --
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Hershey Bears AHL 66 4 9 13 221 13 0 3 3 88
1985–86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 1 1 6 3 0 0 0 4
1986–87 Hershey Bears AHL 75 5 11 16 283 5 0 0 0 10
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 7
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 13 3 2 5 55 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 0 0 13 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Newmarket Saints AHL 39 1 9 10 69 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 0 1 1 42 -- -- -- -- --
1988–89 Hershey Bears AHL 76 4 11 15 262 9 0 2 2 29
1989–90 Hershey Bears AHL 56 1 6 7 170 -- -- -- -- --
1990–91 Hershey Bears AHL 72 5 6 11 234 7 0 1 1 9
1991–92 Hershey Bears AHL 70 3 8 11 152 6 0 1 1 6
OMJHL/OHL Totals 193 9 65 74 577 21 1 5 6 61
AHL Totals 672 38 106 144 1840 70 0 8 8 197
NHL Totals 30 0 2 2 65 5 0 0 0 11

Coaching careerEdit

Mike Stothers was an assistant coach with the Hershey Bears, the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate, from 1992–1996. When the Flyers relocated their AHL team to Philadelphia and became the Philadelphia Phantoms, Stothers went along with them, and was an assistant coach from 1996–2000. He also spent some time with the Flyers as an interim assistant coach in the 1998–1999 season, and once again in the 1999–2000 season before getting the job permanently on June 13, 2000. Stothers stayed with the Flyers through the 2001–02 season. On July 17, 2002, Stothers would leave the Flyers organization to take the head coaching job of the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL.

In his first season with Owen Sound in 2002–03, he guided the Attack to a 27–30–7–4 record for 65 points, an improvement of 4 points the team had the previous season, however his team was swept in the 1st round of the playoffs to the Plymouth Whalers. The Attack improved to a record of 30–27–7–4, 71 points, which was good for 6th place in the Western Conference. The Attack would then go on to lost in a hard fought 7 game series against the Guelph Storm, who went on to win the league championship that season. The Attack improved more in 2004–05, to a record of 40–18–7–3, 90 points, which is a franchise record. Owen Sound then won their first playoff round since 1999, sweeping Plymouth, before getting swept themselves by the Kitchener Rangers in the 2nd round. The Attack went into a rebuilding stage in 2005–06, however they played much better than people predicted, finishing with a 32–29–7, 71 point season. They had a rematch against the heavily favoured Kitchener Rangers, and took them out in 5 games in the opening round. The Attack then gave the London Knights a scare in the 2nd round before falling to them in 6 games.

On July 18, 2007, Stothers was named as the next head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins. He succeeded Greg Ireland, who had been head coach of the Griffins from 2004–05 to 2006–07. His coaching career in Grand Rapids was limited to only one season, as he was relieved of his coaching duties when the Griffins reacquired coaching responsibilities from the Detroit Red Wings on June 18, 2008.

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
OS2002–03 68273074654th in MidwestLost in First Round
OS2003–04 68302774714th in MidwestLost in First Round
OS2004–05 68401873902nd in MidwestLost in Second Round
OS2005–06 683229-7714th in MidwestLost in Second Round
GR2007–08 803141-8705th in NorthMissed Playoffs

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Preceded by
Brian Propp
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
1980
Succeeded by
Steve Smith



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