|Born||October 7, 1956 |
Viking, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues|
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 1976|
St. Louis Blues
|WHA Draft||36th overall|
Brian Sutter (born Brian Louis Allen Sutter on October 7, 1956) is a Canadian former ice hockey forward and former head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL).
He is the second oldest of the famous Sutter brothers (Darryl, Duane, Brent, Ron and Rich) & the oldest of the six that played in the NHL. He is also the only one to have his number retired by an NHL team.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
In his 12 years with the Blues, he played in three NHL All-Star Games – 1982, 1983, and 1985.
For the last nine years of his career, he was the Blues' captain. His jersey number 11 was retired by the St. Louis Blues on December 30, 1988.
Coaching Career[edit | edit source]
Almost immediately after retiring, Brian was named the Blues' head coach (1988–1992). In 1991, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach. All told, he spent the first 16 years of his adult life at ice level with the Blues.
On June 21, 2005, the Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager; Tallon and the rebuilding Blackhawks decided not to renew his contract.
During the 2006–07 season, Brian coached the Bentley Generals of the Chinook Hockey League, leading the team to its first berth in the Allan Cup, Canada's senior men's hockey championship.
Sutter was named the head coach of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels on July 12, 2007, replacing his younger brother Brent (who left the Rebels to become the head coach of the NHL's New Jersey Devils).
On March 24, 2008, the Rebels announced that Brian had resigned as the head coach of the team, citing personal reasons. He returned as head coach of the Generals for the 2008–09 season, leading them to its first Allan Cup title in 2009.
In August 2012, Brian left the Generals to become the new head coach of the Innisfail Eagles, also of the Chinook Hockey League.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1972–73||Red Deer Rustlers||AJHL||51||27||40||67||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Red Deer Rustlers||AJHL||59||42||54||96||139||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||Kansas City Blues||CHL||38||15||23||38||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||St. Louis Blues||NHL||35||4||10||14||82||4||0||1||1||14|
|1977–78||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||9||13||22||123||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||St. Louis Blues||NHL||77||41||39||80||165||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||St. Louis Blues||NHL||71||23||35||58||156||3||0||0||0||4|
|1980–81||St. Louis Blues||NHL||78||35||34||69||232||11||6||3||9||77|
|1981–82||St. Louis Blues||NHL||74||39||36||75||239||10||8||6||14||49|
|1982–83||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||46||30||76||254||4||2||1||3||10|
|1983–84||St. Louis Blues||NHL||76||32||51||83||162||11||1||5||6||22|
|1984–85||St. Louis Blues||NHL||77||37||37||74||121||3||2||1||3||2|
|1985–86||St. Louis Blues||NHL||44||19||23||42||87||9||1||2||3||22|
|1986–87||St. Louis Blues||NHL||14||3||3||6||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||St. Louis Blues||NHL||76||15||22||37||147||10||0||3||3||49|
Coaching Record[edit | edit source]
|STL||1988–89||80||33||35||12||-||78||2nd in Norris||Lost in second round|
|STL||1989–90||80||37||34||9||-||83||2nd in Norris||Lost in second round|
|STL||1990–91||80||47||22||11||-||105||2nd in Norris||Lost in second round|
|STL||1991–92||80||36||33||11||-||83||3rd in Norris||Lost in first round|
|BOS||1992–93||84||51||26||7||-||109||1st in Adams||Lost in first round|
|BOS||1993–94||84||42||29||13||-||97||2nd in Adams||Lost in second round|
|BOS||1994–95||48||27||18||3||-||57||3rd in Adams||Lost in first round|
|CGY||1997–98||82||26||41||15||-||67||5th in Pacific||Missed playoffs|
|CGY||1998–99||82||30||40||12||-||72||3rd in Northwest||Missed playoffs|
|CGY||1999–2000||82||31||36||10||5||77||4th in Northwest||Missed playoffs|
|CHI||2001–02||82||41||27||13||1||96||3rd in Central||Lost in first round|
|CHI||2002–03||82||30||33||13||6||79||3rd in Central||Missed playoffs|
|CHI||2003–04||82||20||43||11||8||59||5th in Central||Missed playoffs|
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Brian and his wife Judy have two children, a son Shaun and a daughter, Abigail.