Goaltender Gary Inness was born May 28, 1949 in Toronto. After attending McMaster University and the University of Toronto, Inness turned pro. The 6-foot, 195-pound netminder debuted in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1973-74, and came to share time in net with Michel Plasse.
After Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent was injured during the 1975-76 season, the Flyers obtained Inness from the Penguins to serve as backup depth behind Wayne Stephenson. As part of the deal, which also brought multiple late-round 1977 draft choices to the Flyers, Philadelphia sent veteran defenseman Ed Van Impe and backup goaltender Bobby Taylor to the Penguins.
Inness, who appeared in two regular season games for the Flyers late in the 1975-76 season, ended up as the third-string goaltender behind Parent and Stephenson. He played six games for Philadelphia the following season. Overall, Inness played in eight games (five starts) as a Flyer, posting a 3-0-2 record, 2.18 goals against average and .922 save percentage in 330 minutes of duty. He recorded an assist in a 9-1 win over the Minnesota North Stars on October 31, 1976.
Inness later played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals. He retired in 1981 to accept a head coaching job with the AHL's Hershey Bears, serving three plus seasons in that role. Later, he became a teacher and then a guidance counselor at Barrie North Collegiate Institute, retiring in 2010.