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Subject: Bill Sutherland, NHL player (Flyers)

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Date Posted: Monday, April 10, 06:16:12pm

Bill Sutherland, member of the Philadelphia Flyers original team in 1967-68, passed away on Sunday at the age of 82.
"Bill was an original member of this organization who helped set the standard of success and what it meant to be a Flyer," said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. "He came to the Flyers as a veteran and played a crucial part in leading the team to a first place finish in the West Division in the very first season. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
Sutherland played parts of four seasons with the Flyers beginning with the very first season in 1967-68 through 1970-71 where he compiled 42 goals and 29 assists for 71 points in 124 regular season games. He also appeared in the first 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games in Flyers history, posting two goals and four assists for six points.
He is most noted for scoring the first ever goal in Philadelphia Flyers history on Oct. 11, 1967 against the California Golden Seals. He also scored the first ever goal at the Spectrum, which was the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 19, 1967.


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