Defenseman and longtime AHL head and assistant coach and NHL assistant coach Mike Stothers was born in Toronto on Feb. 22, 1962. He was drafted by the Flyers in the first round (21st overall) of the 1980 NHL Draft.
Stothers ended up spending most of his playing career in the American Hockey League but did dress in a total of 12 NHL regular season games for the Flyers over parts of four seasons (1984-85 to 1987-88).
Stothers was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 4, 1987 for a 1989 fifth-round pick the Flyers later dealt to the Minnesota North Stars. After the 1987-88 season, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke reacquired Stothers from Toronto in exchange for Bill Root. Stothers remained a minor league fixture in the organization with the Hershey Bears but never played in another regular season NHL game for the Flyers (he did make a few preseason appearances).
Following the end of playing days, "Stuts" began a lengthy coaching career. Perhaps best known by Flyers fans as the right hand man to head coach Bill Barber with both the Phantoms and Flyers, Stothers was a Flyers assistant coach from the 2000-01 to 2002-03 seasons.