Brandon Sutter

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Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter 2013-01-18 1.JPG
Sutter with the Penguins January 18, 2013.
Born(1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 25)
Huntington, NY, USA
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
PositionCenter
ShootsRight
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Carolina Hurricanes
National team Canada
NHL Draft11th overall, 2007
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career2008–present
 
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Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter 2013-01-18 1.JPG
Sutter with the Penguins January 18, 2013.
Born(1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 25)
Huntington, NY, USA
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
PositionCenter
ShootsRight
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Carolina Hurricanes
National team Canada
NHL Draft11th overall, 2007
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career2008–present

Brandon Sutter (born February 14, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the son of former New York Islanders star Brent Sutter, and a member of the famous Sutter family.

Playing career[edit]

Sutter skating for the Carolina Hurricanes January 28, 2010.

Sutter played major junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) under head coach and father Brent Sutter. During the 2006–07 season, he was selected to represent the WHL at the annual ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Additionally, Sutter was selected to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game in January. In the off-season, Sutter was drafted 11th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

After a brief stint with Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Albany River Rats, at the end of his 2007–08 WHL season, Sutter debuted in the NHL with the Hurricanes in 2008–09. He scored his first NHL goal on October 23, 2008 against Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The next game, on October 25, Sutter suffered a concussion after a collision with former Hurricane Doug Weight of the New York Islanders. Sutter had his head down as he was leaning forward for a loose puck in the neutral zone when Weight caught him with his shoulder. Although the hit was ruled as legal and Weight was not assessed any penalty, it re-sparked the debate in the NHL on head shots.[1] Sutter returned to the lineup after missing eight games.[2]

On July 12, 2011, Sutter signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $6.2 million.[3]

On June 22, 2012, Brandon Sutter was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Carolina's first round pick, No. 8 overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and Brian Dumoulin in return for Jordan Staal.[4]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold2008Czech Republic

Sutter, who has dual citizenship of both the United States and Canada, elected to play for the latter in international competition. Sutter represented Team Canada extensively during his junior career at the under-18 and under-20 levels. He competed in two IIHF World U18 Championships in 2006 and 2007, losing the bronze medal game in both tournaments.

Shortly after being drafted into the NHL in the summer of 2007, Sutter was chosen to represent Team Canada at the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game showdown between Canada and Russia's under-20 teams, where father Brent was head coach. Playing Game 7 in his hometown Red Deer, he scored a goal and was named player of the game. The match, coincidentally, also marked the last junior game Brent coached in Red Deer, where he had previously just completed a seven-year coaching career with the Rebels.[5] Sutter made his second under-20 appearance for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, where he helped Canada win gold, overcoming Sweden 3-2 in overtime.

Sutter representing Team Canada

Family[edit]

Sutter is part of the famous Sutter hockey family. He is the son of Brent Sutter, who coached him in junior with the Red Deer Rebels and Team Canada at the 2007 Super Series; Brent is a former head coach of the Calgary Flames. He has an older brother, Merrick who currently serves as the Rebels video coach and a younger sister, Brooke.

His cousin Brett was a teammate of his with the Rebels who was drafted two years ahead of him by the Calgary Flames, and is currently the captain of the Charlotte Checkers with the Carolina Hurricanes organization. Another cousin, Brody, was formerly a forward for the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes and was drafted 193rd overall by Carolina in the 2011 draft. Brody has been a member of the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League since March 2012.

Brandon grew up in Huntington, New York, Chicago, Illinois, and Red Deer, Alberta.

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2004–05Red Deer RebelsWHL7022871452
2005–06Red Deer RebelsWHL6822244636
2006–07Red Deer RebelsWHL7120375754703314
2007–08Red Deer RebelsWHL5926234838
2007–08Albany River RatsAHL7112270224
2008–09Carolina HurricanesNHL5015616
2008–09Albany River RatsAHL22481216
2009–10Carolina HurricanesNHL722119402
2010–11Carolina HurricanesNHL8214152925
2011–12Carolina HurricanesNHL8217153221
2012–13Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL48118194152130
NHL totals334646212664

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Preceded by
Jack Johnson
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Zach Boychuk