A familiar face to the Flyers organization will be missing next season as Assistant Coach Ernie Sutherland has announced his retirement after 15 years with the organization. Sutherland served this past season as the team’s Assistant Coach and has served in various capacities dating back to 1982.
Sutherland began as an Assistant Coach with the Flyers in 1982-83 before taking over the Head Coaching job from ’83-’86. He has also served as the team’s Director of Player Personnel, Assistant General Manager and trainer when the need arose. Over the past number of years, he also ran the Flyers’ Peak Performance Hockey School.
He was also the Assistant Coach for Team Western during the Under 17 Russian Tour in 1987.
He was the Head Coach of Team Western at the World Under 17 Championships in 1988. Sutherland’s coaching credentials also include being the Head Coach at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida as well as being a guest instructor in Sweden from 1998-2005. Sutherland has also been an advanced scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota North Stars of the NHL.
The entire Flyers organization would like to thank Ernie for his unbelievable dedication to the club and wish him and his wife Cyndie all the best in the future.