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Brandon Sutter
Born February 14, 1989 (1989-02-14) (age 33)
Huntington, New York
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2007
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2008–present

Brandon Sutter (born on 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 player Brent Sutter and a member of the famous Sutter family.

Playing Career[]

Brandon 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, Brandon 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, he debuted in the NHL with the Hurricanes in 2008–09. He scored his first NHL goal on October 23, 2008 against Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the next game, on October 25, 2008, Brandon suffered a concussion after a collision with former Hurricane Doug Weight of the New York Islanders. He 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. Brandon returned to the line-up after missing eight games.

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

On June 22, 2012, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins (along with Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's 2012 NHL Entry Draft first round pick (which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot), in return for Jordan Staal).

On March 12, 2013, In a game against the Boston Bruins, Brandon scored two goals, 3 minutes & 24 seconds apart, in the 3rd period that led to a 3-2 comeback victory for the Penguins. On August 5, 2014, the Penguins announced they had re-signed him to a two-year contract, worth $6.6 million.

On July 28, 2015, Brandon was traded by the Penguins along with a 2016 NHL Entry Draft 3rd-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2nd-round pick in 2016.

On August 4, 2015, the Canucks announced they had signed Sutter to a 5-year, $21.875 million deal.

Brandon played 16 games in the 2015–16 season before it was revealed that he required sports hernia surgery. He missed 33 games before returning to the Canucks lineup on January 26, 2016.

However on February 9, 2016 (in his fourth game back since the surgery), Brandon suffered a broken jaw in a game against the Colorado Avalanche which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He managed 5 goals and 4 assists (9 points) in 20 games for the Canucks in an injury-plagued 2015-16 season.

In August 2016, the Canucks announced that Brandon had switched from number 21 to 20 to let newcomer Loui Eriksson wear his old number 21.

On January 4, 2017, he was awarded his second career penalty shot where he scored against Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 7 0 2 2 8 7 1 4 5 2
2005–06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 68 22 24 46 36
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 20 37 57 54 7 0 3 3 14
2007–08 Red Deer Rebels WHL 59 26 23 48 38
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 7 1 1 2 2 7 0 2 2 4
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 50 1 5 6 16
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 22 4 8 12 16
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 21 19 40 2
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 14 15 29 25
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 17 15 32 21
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 11 8 19 4 15 2 1 3 0
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 13 13 26 12 13 5 2 7 2
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 21 12 33 14 5 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 5 4 9 2
2016–17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 17 17 34 12
NHL totals 596 120 108 228 108 33 8 4 12 4


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Pacific WHC17 4th 6 4 2 6 0
2006 Canada WJC18 4th 7 2 0 2 2
2007 Canada WJC18 4th 6 1 1 2 2
2008 Canada WJC Template:Goca 7 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 11 0 3 3 20

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic

Brandon (who has dual citizenship of both the United States and Canada) elected to play for the latter in international competition.

He represented Team Canada extensively during his junior career at the under-18 and under-20 levels.

Brandon 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, he 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, Brandon scored a goal and was named player of the game.

Coincidentally, the match 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.

Brandon 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.

Personal Life[]

Brandon grew up in Huntington, New York, Chicago, Illinois and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He is part of the famous Sutter hockey family.

Brandon 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 named Merrick, who currently serves as the Rebels video coach and a younger sister named Brooke.

His cousin Brett Sutter 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.

Brandon's cousin Brody Sutter was formerly a forward for the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes and was drafted 193rd overall by Carolina in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Brody is still with the organization playing the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.