April 10, 2017
This has been a rough week for the Philadelphia Flyers extended family. Just five days after Ilkka Sinisalo lost his long battle to prostate cancer, the Flyers have announced that Bill Sutherland passed away on Sunday at age 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, in an official statement. "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 scored 20 goals in the Flyers inaugural season of 1967-68, including the first ever goal in franchise history against California Golden Seals on October 11, 1967. He had 42 goals and 71 points in 124 games during two stints in Philadelphia.
We are sending are sympathies out to the Sutherland family.