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Half of the only set of identical twins to play for the Flyers, forward Rich Sutter was born on December 2, 1963, in Viking, Alberta. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 10th overall pick of the first round of the 182 NHL Draft.

On Oct. 23, 1983, the Flyers made a multi-player and draft-pick trade to acquire Rich from Pittsburgh, reuniting him with twin brother Ron. Philadelphia received Rich Sutter, a 1984 second-round pick (Greg Smyth) and a 1984 third-round selection (David McLay). In exchange, the Penguins obtained Ron Flockhart, Mark Taylor, Andy Brickley, a 1984 first-round pick (Roger Belanger) and a 1984 third-rounder (later transferred to Vancouver; Mike Stevens).

Later that day, Rich made his Flyers debut: The Flyers won a wide-open 8-5 tilt at the Spectrum against the Buffalo Sabres. Eight different Flyers, including Rich and Ron Sutter, score once apiece.

Rich had a little less offensive ability than Ron. Rich's best seasons in Philadelphia saw him score 16 goals (1983-84) and 39 points (1985-86). On June 6, 1986, the Flyers traded Rich Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks in a trade that brought defenseman J.J. Daigneault to Philadelphia.

For his Flyers career, Rich Sutter posted 83 points (36 goals, 47 assists) and 381 penalty minutes in 204 regular season games and five points (five goals, zero assists) and 44 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games.