Brent Sutter

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Brent Sutter
Brent Sutter - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012-3.jpg
Born(1962-06-10) June 10, 1962 (age 52)
Viking, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotRight
Played forNew York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
National team Canada
NHL Draft17th overall, 1980
New York Islanders
Playing career1980–1998
 
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Brent Sutter
Brent Sutter - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012-3.jpg
Born(1962-06-10) June 10, 1962 (age 52)
Viking, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotRight
Played forNew York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
National team Canada
NHL Draft17th overall, 1980
New York Islanders
Playing career1980–1998

Brent Colin Sutter (born June 10, 1962) is a retired National Hockey League (NHL) player and former head coach of the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames. Selected by the New York Islanders 17th overall at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Sutter played over 1,000 games for the Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks during his 18-year career. He won the Stanley Cup twice with the Islanders and was an All-Star. He represented Canada on numerous occasions, winning the Canada Cup three times.

After retiring as a player in 1998, Sutter bought the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League and served as the team's head coach and general manager for eight seasons, winning the Memorial Cup in 2001. He coached the Canadian junior team to gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships, as well as winning the 2007 Super Series. Sutter compiled a 19–0–1 record in three years as the national junior team coach. He joined the New Jersey Devils as their head coach in 2007. He led the Devils to one division title in two seasons before leaving New Jersey to take on the same position in Calgary, working for brother Darryl, who was at the time, the Flames' general manager.

He is a member of the famous Sutter family. He was one of six brothers, along with Brian, Darryl, Duane, Ron and Rich, to play in the NHL. He coached his son Brandon and nephew Brett while with Red Deer; both have also gone on to play in the NHL. His daughter Brooke plays volleyball for Red Deer College and was a first team conference all star in 2013.

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Sutter played for the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL, finishing with 829 points (363 goals, 466 assists) in 1111 regular season games and 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists) in 144 playoff games.

In the 1980 NHL Entry Draft Sutter was the Islanders' first pick, 17th overall. His tenure with the Islanders lasted between 1981 and 1991 and with much early success. Sutter would have the fortune of being on a team that entered the Stanley Cup finals in his first three seasons, winning in his first two. Sutter was named captain of the Islanders in 1987, when Denis Potvin relinquished the role.

In 1991, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with Brad Lauer for Adam Creighton and Steve Thomas. He spent the last seven years of his NHL career in Chicago. During part of his time with the 'Hawks he was coached by his older brother Darryl. Brent was the last active player in the NHL that had played with the Islanders during their early 1980s dynasty, as well as the last member of the team, still with the Islanders, when he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1991. In 1991–92, he helped lead the Hawks to a Stanley Cup final appearance, thus playing in four Cup finals in his career.

Coaching career[edit]

Sutter coached the Canadian junior ice hockey teams to consecutive gold medals at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He led both teams to unbeaten records, becoming the first coach to lead Canada to consecutive gold medals. Sutter declined Hockey Canada's offer to return for a third time in 2007.[1] During the eight-game 2007 Super Series, Sutter extended his junior coaching unbeaten record to 20 straight games - 19 of them wins - behind the Canadian bench in international junior play.[2]

Sutter was also the head coach and GM of the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL for seven seasons, leading them to a finals appearance as well as two 50 win seasons.

Sutter resigned as head coach and GM of the Rebels on July 12, 2007 as he reached an agreement to become the next coach of the New Jersey Devils. The following day, Sutter was introduced as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. [3] In the 2007–08 season, Sutter led the Devils to a 46 win season and a playoff berth. The following season, Sutter enjoyed his best season as a head coach, leading the Devils to a franchise best, 51 win season as well as an Atlantic Division title. After a first round playoff exit from the Carolina Hurricanes, Sutter stepped down as coach of the team on June 9, 2009, citing family reasons.[1] However, two weeks later on June 23, Sutter was named head coach of the Calgary Flames by his brother Darryl Sutter, the Flames' general manager. This decision sparked controversy and anger from many Devils fans, players, and front office officials. Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek was openly critical of the decision for Sutter to step down and later sign to coach another team.[4]

On April 12, 2012, wasn't offered a new contract by the Calgary Flames, he hasn't found an NHL job since.

Sutter family in hockey[edit]

Main article: Sutter family

The Sutter family, originally from Viking, Alberta, Canada, is one of the most famous families in the National Hockey League (NHL). Six brothers: Brian, Darryl, Duane, Brent, Rich and Ron, reached the NHL in the 1970s and 80s. Four brothers: Brian, Duane, Darryl and Brent have gone on to become coaches and general managers as well. A seventh brother named Gary is said by his brothers to have been the best hockey player of all seven boys. Rather than making his living as a hockey player, Gary stayed home to work on the family farm, as Rich Sutter remarked on an episode of the Canadian sports show Off the Record.

Collectively, the six Sutter brothers played over 5000 games and captured six Stanley Cups. The second generation of Sutters are beginning to reach the NHL, as Brandon Sutter is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brett Sutter who had played 18 games with the Flames' was traded to the Hurricanes on November 17, 2010 and has been called up by the Hurricanes, but is mainly a member of the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes AHL affiliate.

Sutter and his wife Connie have three children, sons Merrick and Brandon, and daughter Brooke.

Career statistics[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Regular season and playoffs
  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1977–78Red Deer RustlersAJHL6012183033
1978–79Red Deer RustlersAJHL6042428479
1979–80Red Deer RustlersAJHL59701011711310152516
1979–80Lethbridge BroncosWHL51012
1980–81Lethbridge BroncosWHL6854541081169641051
1980–81New York IslandersNHL32240
1981–82Lethbridge BroncosWHL34463480162
1981–82New York IslandersNHL432122431141926836
1982–83New York IslandersNHL802119401282010112126
1983–84New York IslandersNHL6934154969204101418
1984–85New York IslandersNHL724260102511033614
1985–86New York IslandersNHL612431557430112
1986–87New York IslandersNHL692736637351014
1987–88New York IslandersNHL7029316055621318
1988–89New York IslandersNHL7729346377
1989–90New York IslandersNHL673335686552352
1990–91New York IslandersNHL7521325349
1991–92New York IslandersNHL846106
1991–92Chicago BlackhawksNHL61183250301835822
1992–93Chicago BlackhawksNHL652034546741124
1993–94Chicago BlackhawksNHL73929384360002
1994–95Chicago BlackhawksNHL47781551161234
1995–96Chicago BlackhawksNHL8013274056101126
1996–97Chicago BlackhawksNHL3977141820006
1997–98Chicago BlackhawksNHL5226828
NHL totals11113634668291054144304474164
International
YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIMTeam result
1984CanadaCC822410Championship
1985CanadaWC847118Silver medal
1987CanadaCC91346Championship
1991CanadaCC83146Championship
International totals3310132330

Coaching career[edit]

NHL[edit]

Regular season and playoffs
SeasonTeamRegular seasonPost season
GWLOTLPtsDivision rankResult
2007–08New Jersey Devils8246297992nd in AtlanticLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2008–09New Jersey Devils82512741061st in AtlanticLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–10Calgary Flames82403210903rd in NorthwestDid not qualify
2010-11Calgary Flames82412912942nd in NorthwestDid not qualify
2011-12Calgary Flames82372916902nd in NorthwestDid not qualify
NHL totals41021514649

Junior leagues[edit]

Regular season and playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueRegular seasonPost season
GWLTOTLPtsDivision rankResult
1999–00Red Deer RebelsWHL72323190733rd in CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2000–01Red Deer RebelsWHL725412331141st in CentralWon WHL championship
Won Memorial Cup
2002–03Red Deer RebelsWHL725017321051st in CentralLost final
2003–04Red Deer RebelsWHL723522105852nd in CentralLost Eastern Conference final
2004–05Red Deer RebelsWHL72362664824th in CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2005–06Red Deer RebelsWHL7226406585th in CentralDid not qualify
2006–07Red Deer RebelsWHL7235289794th in CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2012–13Red Deer RebelsWHL4929155(85)3rd in CentralLost Eastern Conference semi-final
International
YearEventGWLTOTLResult
2005WJC66000Gold medal
2006WJC66000Gold medal
2007SS87010Champions
2014WJC742014th place
International totals2723211

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rich Chere (2009-06-09). "After resigning as New Jersey Devils coach, Brent Sutter says "I'm not a quitter"". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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