Brent Sutter
Born June 10, 1962 (1962-06-10) (age 59)
Viking, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Played for New York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1980
New York Islanders
Playing career 1980–1998

Brent Sutter (born Brent Colin Sutter on June 10, 1962) is a retired National Hockey League (NHL) player and former head coach of the New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames.

Selected by the New York Islanders 17th overall at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, he played over 1,000 games for the Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks during his 18-year career.

Brent 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, he 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.

Brent 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.

He 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.

Brent led the Devils to one division title in two seasons before leaving New Jersey to take on the same position in Calgary, working for his brother Darryl, (who was at the time) the Flames' general manager.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Brent's tenure with the Islanders lasted between 1981 and 1991 and with much early success.

He 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.

In 1987, Brent was named captain of the Islanders when Denis Potvin relinquished the role.

On October 25, 1991, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Brad Lauer in exchange for Adam Creighton and Steve Thomas.

Brent 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.

He 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, Brent helped lead the Hawks to a Stanley Cup final appearance, thus playing in four Stanley Cup finals in his career.

Coaching Career[edit | edit source]

Brent 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. Brent declined Hockey Canada's offer to return for a third time in 2007.

During the eight-game 2007 Super Series, Brent extended his junior coaching unbeaten record to 20 straight games (19 of them wins) behind the Canadian bench in international junior play.

He 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.

On July 12, 2007, he resigned as head coach and GM of the Rebels as he reached an agreement to become the next coach of the New Jersey Devils.

The following day, Brent was introduced as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. In the 2007–08 season, he led the Devils to a 46 win season and a playoff berth.

The following season, Brent 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, he stepped down as coach of the team on June 9, 2009, citing family reasons.

However, two weeks later on June 23, 2009, Brent 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.

The New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek was openly critical of the decision for Sutter to step down and later sign to coach another team.

On April 12, 2012, Brent and the Flames reached a mutual agreement to conclude his head coaching duties in Calgary.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Playing Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular Season\Playoff Statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 12 18 30 33
1978–79 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 42 42 84 79
1979–80 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 59 70 101 171 13 10 15 25 16
1979–80 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 5 1 0 1 2
1980–81 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 68 54 54 108 116 9 6 4 10 51
1980–81 New York Islanders NHL 3 2 2 4 0
1981–82 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 34 46 34 80 162
1981–82 New York Islanders NHL 43 21 22 43 114 19 2 6 8 36
1982–83 New York Islanders NHL 80 21 19 40 128 20 10 11 21 26
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 69 34 15 49 69 20 4 10 14 18
1984–85 New York Islanders NHL 72 42 60 102 51 10 3 3 6 14
1985–86 New York Islanders NHL 61 24 31 55 74 3 0 1 1 2
1986–87 New York Islanders NHL 69 27 36 63 73 5 1 0 1 4
1987–88 New York Islanders NHL 70 29 31 60 55 6 2 1 3 18
1988–89 New York Islanders NHL 77 29 34 63 77
1989–90 New York Islanders NHL 67 33 35 68 65 5 2 3 5 2
1990–91 New York Islanders NHL 75 21 32 53 49
1991–92 New York Islanders NHL 8 4 6 10 6
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 18 32 50 30 18 3 5 8 22
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 20 34 54 67 4 1 1 2 4
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 9 29 38 43 6 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 7 8 15 51 16 1 2 3 4
1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 13 27 40 56 10 1 1 2 6
1996–97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 7 7 14 18 2 0 0 0 6
1997–98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 2 6 8 28
NHL totals 1111 363 466 829 1054 144 30 44 74 164

International Statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
1984 Canada CC 8 2 2 4 10 Championship
1985 Canada WC 8 4 7 11 8 Silver medal
1987 Canada CC 9 1 3 4 6 Championship
1991 Canada CC 8 3 1 4 6 Championship
International totals 33 10 13 23 30

Coaching Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

NHL Coaching Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs
Season Team Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
2007–08 New Jersey Devils 82 46 29 7 99 2nd in Atlantic Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2008–09 New Jersey Devils 82 51 27 4 106 1st in Atlantic Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–10 Calgary Flames 82 40 32 10 90 3rd in Northwest Did not qualify
2010-11 Calgary Flames 82 41 29 12 94 2nd in Northwest Did not qualify
2011-12 Calgary Flames 82 37 29 16 90 2nd in Northwest Did not qualify
NHL totals 410 215 146 49

Junior League Coaching Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular Season and Playoff Coaching Statistics

Season Team League Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
1999–00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 32 31 9 0 73 3rd in Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 54 12 3 3 114 1st in Central Won WHL championship
Won Memorial Cup
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 50 17 3 2 105 1st in Central Lost final
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 35 22 10 5 85 2nd in Central Lost Eastern Conference final
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 36 26 6 4 82 4th in Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2005–06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 26 40 6 58 5th in Central Did not qualify
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 35 28 9 79 4th in Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2012–13 Red Deer Rebels WHL 49 29 15 5 (85) 3rd in Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final

International Coaching Statistics

Year Event G W L T OTL Result
2005 WJC 6 6 0 0 0 Gold medal
2006 WJC 6 6 0 0 0 Gold medal
2007 SS 8 7 0 1 0 Champions
2014 WJC 7 4 2 0 1 4th place
International totals 27 23 2 1 1

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

The Sutter family (originally from Viking, Alberta, Canada) is one of the most famous families in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The six brothers: Brian Sutter, Darryl Sutter, Duane Sutter, Brent Sutter, Rich Sutter and Ron Sutter reached the NHL in the 1970s and 1980s.

Four of the brothers: Brian, Duane, Darryl and Brent have gone on to be coaches & general managers as well.

A seventh brother 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.

Brent and his wife Connie have three children: sons Merrick and Brandon Sutter and daughter Brooke. He coached Brandon and his nephew Brett Sutter while he was with Red Deer.

Brent's daughter Brooke plays volleyball for Red Deer College and was a first team conference all-star in 2013.

The second generation of Sutters are beginning to reach the NHL as Brandon is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brett (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.

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