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Brent Sutter
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Born June 10, 1962 (1962-06-10) (age 56)
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 Flag of Canada.svg 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 CareerEdit

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 CareerEdit

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 StatisticsEdit

Playing Career StatisticsEdit

Regular Season\Playoff Statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 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 StatisticsEdit

NHL Coaching StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffs
Season Team Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
2007–08New Jersey Devils 8246297992nd in AtlanticLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2008–09New Jersey Devils 82512741061st in AtlanticLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–10Calgary Flames 82403210903rd in NorthwestDid not qualify
2010-11Calgary Flames 82412912942nd in NorthwestDid not qualify
2011-12Calgary Flames 82372916902nd in NorthwestDid not qualify
NHL totals 41021514649

Junior League Coaching StatisticsEdit

Regular Season and Playoff Coaching Statistics

Season Team League Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
1999–00Red Deer RebelsWHL 72323190733rd in CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2000–01Red Deer RebelsWHL 725412331141st in CentralWon WHL championship
Won Memorial Cup
2002–03Red Deer RebelsWHL 725017321051st in CentralLost final
2003–04Red Deer RebelsWHL 723522105852nd in CentralLost Eastern Conference final
2004–05Red Deer RebelsWHL 72362664824th in CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2005–06Red Deer RebelsWHL 7226406585th in CentralDid not qualify
2006–07Red Deer RebelsWHL 7235289794th in CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2012–13Red Deer RebelsWHL 4929155(85)3rd in CentralLost Eastern Conference semi-final

International Coaching Statistics

Year Event G W L T OTL Result
2005WJC 66000Gold medal
2006WJC 66000Gold medal
2007SS 87010Champions
2014WJC 742014th place
International totals 2723211

Personal LifeEdit

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.