|Born||June 10, 1962 |
Viking, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||New York Islanders|
|NHL Draft||17th overall, 1980|
New York Islanders
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.
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
|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|
|1980–81||New York Islanders||NHL||3||2||2||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Coaching Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
NHL Coaching Statistics[edit | edit source]
- Regular season and playoffs
|Season||Team||Regular season||Post season|
|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|
Junior League Coaching Statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular Season and Playoff Coaching Statistics
|Season||Team||League||Regular season||Post season|
|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
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).
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'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.