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Brett Sutter
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Born June 2, 1987 (1987-06-02) (age 32)
Viking, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Ontario Reign
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 179th overall, 2005
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2007–present

Brett Sutter (born Brett Darryl Sutter on June 2, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Brett was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 6th round (179th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut for the Flames during the 2008–09 season, scoring a goal in his first game.

Brett is the son of former Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and the eighth member of the famous Sutter family to play in the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

Brett played four Western Hockey League (WHL) seasons with the Kootenay Ice and Red Deer Rebels between 2003 and 2007.

During his time in Red Deer, he played with his cousin Brandon and was coached by his uncle Brent Sutter. He was the Rebels' team captain in his final season of junior in 2006–07,[2] and posted a career high 28 goals.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

In the 2007-08 season, Brett turned professional in 2007–08. He was one of the Flames' final cuts prior to the season and was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Quad City Flames where he recorded four goals and ten points in 75 games. He earned more ice time throughout the season as he adapted to the speed of the professional game.

Brett returned to Quad City for the start of the 2008–09 AHL season. He recorded one goal and six assists in 28 games prior to joining the Flames.[6]

He was recalled by the Flames on December 22, 2008 from Quad City in a move that generated interest as his father is the Flames general manager.

The Flames stated that he was recalled on merit, and to fill a specific role with the team.[3] He made his NHL debut on December 23, 2008 against the Anaheim Ducks, and scored a goal while being named the game's third star

Brett played three games with the Flames before being returned to Quad City.

Though he spent the majority of 2009–10 with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, Brett appeared in ten NHL games with the Flames that season. He stuck with the Flames out of training camp as an extra forward to begin the 2010–11 NHL season, but he was a healthy scratch for most games, dressing for only 4 of the Flames' first 16 games.

On November 11, 2010, Brett was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona after allegedly punching a cab driver outside of a bar the night before the Flames' were to play the Phoenix Coyotes. Less than a week later, he and Ian White were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Anton Babchuk & Tom Kostopoulos.

Immediately following his trade from Calgary to Carolina, Sutter was assigned to the Hurricanes' top AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers for the remainder of the season.

In the following 2011–12 season, on October 6, 2011, Brett was named the Checkers team captain. He would play the majority of his four-year tenure with the Hurricanes with the Checkers. He was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2014 on a two-year, two-way contract.

During his second season within the Wild, Brett was included in a trade deadline deal on February 29, 2016, to the Los Angeles Kings, coached by his father and their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign in return for right winger Scott Sabourin.

Despite not being offered a contract with the Kings in the off-season, Brett opted to remain in the organization by signing a one-year AHL deal with the Reign on July 1, 2016.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Kootenay Ice WHL 44 5 7 12 26 4 0 0 0 4
2004–05 Kootenay Ice WHL 70 8 11 19 70 16 1 2 3 16
2005–06 Kootenay Ice WHL 16 8 7 15 21
2005–06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 57 9 26 35 80
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 67 28 29 57 77 7 3 4 7 11
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 75 4 6 10 63
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 71 10 15 25 50
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 4 1 0 1 2
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 66 9 15 24 69 13 4 7 11 20
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 10 0 0 0 5
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 1 1 5
2010–11 Charlotte Checkers AHL 60 9 12 21 84 16 4 10 14 15
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Charlotte Checkers AHL 63 13 16 29 58
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 15 0 3 3 11
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 70 19 29 48 62 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 1 1 2 9
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 62 15 29 44 69
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 71 12 17 29 37
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 6 0 3 3 4
2015–16 Iowa Wild AHL 57 4 10 14 37
2015–16 Ontario Reign AHL 17 5 2 7 25 5 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 60 2 8 10 40

Personal LifeEdit

Upon making his NHL debut on December 23, 2008, Brett became the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL. Along with his father, Darryl, his uncles Brent, Brian, Duane, Rich and Ron all played in the NHL while his cousin Brandon is a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

Another cousin, Shaun was also a draft pick of the Flames in 1998, and later became an assistant coach of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.

Two of his other cousins, Brody and Lukas also played in the Western Hockey League and have been drafted into the NHL.

Brett's selection by the Flames (179th overall) was coincidentally the same spot at which his father was drafted. Darryl was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks (179th overall) in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft.

He is the middle child of LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and his wife Wanda. He has an older sister named Jessica and a younger brother named Christopher.

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