Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Sutherland
For ten years, Bill Sutherland played in the minors trying to make it to the NHL. He played on six different teams and five different leagues. In only his second season as a junior, he led the MJHL playoffs in goals, assists, and points in 1954 and the IHL in goals in 1957-58. Sutherland finally made his NHL debut, with the Canadiens, in the 1963 Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the off-season, he was traded to Quebec of the AHL where he played for four seasons. When Philadelphia bought the team, Sutherland went along and found himself in the NHL. Sutherland was the first to score a goal for the Flyers' franchise and the first to score a goal in the Philadelphia Spectrum. He was claimed by the North Stars in the off-seasons Intra-League Draft, only to be claimed by the Leafs the same day. Sutherland spent the majority of the 1968-69 season with Toronto before being dealt back to Philadelphia late in the season.

Sutherland was on the move once again in 1970-71, this time to the Blues, and then one last time the next year, heading to Detroit where he finished his NHL playing career. The WHA came calling in 1972 and Sutherland played with Bobby Hull and the Winnipeg Jets for two seasons before hanging up his skates in 1973-74.

After a few years of doing TV and radio, the Jets came calling once again in 1979, this time looking to Sutherland as an assistant coach. He joined the team as they debuted in the NHL and took over the head-coaching job toward the end of the season. Sutherland lasted 29 games into the next year before being replaced after the Jets got off to a rough start.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 St. Boniface Midget Canadiens MAHA
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
1953-54 St. Boniface Canadiens M-Cup 8 6 6 12 10
1954-55 St. Boniface Canadiens 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 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 60 55 39 94 43
1957-58 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 2 0 1 1 0
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1958-59 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
1962-63 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 25 35 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 +1 7 1 3 4 0
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 7 5 12 14 -3
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 7 3 10 4 +5 4 1 1 2 0
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 15 17 32 30 -2
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 19 20 39 41 +13 1 0 0 0 0
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 2 3 5 2 +4
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 2 -1
1971-72 Tidewater Red 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


IHL Second All-Star Team (1958) Traded to Quebec (AHL) by Montreal for cash, July, 1962. NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967. Claimed by Minnesota from Philadelphia in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Claimed by Toronto from Minnesota in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Traded to Philadelphia by Toronto with Mike Byers and Gerry Meehan for Brit Selby and Forbes Kennedy, March 2, 1969. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Philadelphia, October 19, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by Buffalo for cash, October 19, 1970. Traded to Detroit by St. Louis for cash, November 9, 1971. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.