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Darryl Sutter
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Born August 19, 1958 (1958-08-19) (age 60)
Viking, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for New Brunswick Hawks
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 179th overall, 1978
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1979–1987

Darryl Sutter (born Darryl John Sutter on August 19, 1958) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward and the current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

During his playing career, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1979 to 1987.

Playing CareerEdit

As a player, Darryl spent five years in the minor leagues, including a year in Japan, where he was named rookie of the year. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 1978 NHL Entry Draft in the 11th round, 179th overall.

In his NHL career, Darryl suited up only for the Blackhawks and scored 279 points (161 goals and 118 assists) in 406 career regular season games, in addition to 43 points (24 goals and 19 assists) in 51 Stanley Cup playoff games. His last season as a player was in 1986–87.

Coaching CareerEdit

Darryl began his coaching career in the International Hockey League (IHL), where he coached the Saginaw Hawks and led the Indianapolis Ice to the Turner Cup as League champions.

He was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for three seasons and also served as Chicago’s assistant coach in 1987–88 and as associate coach from 1990 to 1992.

Darryl led Chicago to a first-place finish in the Norris Division—and the best record in the Campbell Conference—in 1992–93 with a 47–25–12 record (106 points), only to be swept in the opening round by the St. Louis Blues which featured his brother Rich on the team. In the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season, he led Chicago to the Western Conference Finals.

Following the 1994–95 season, Darryl stepped down as coach of the Blackhawks coach to return home to the family farm in Viking, Alberta. The decision was largely made out of necessity for him to be with his son, Christopher, who has Down syndrome.

After a two-year hiatus from coaching, Darryl returned to the NHL in 1997–98 season as head coach of the San Jose Sharks, coaching the team until being relieved of his duties on December 1, 2002, just 24 games into the 2002–03 season.

On December 28, 2002, four weeks after he was fired by San Jose, Darryl was named head coach of the Calgary Flames, replacing Greg Gilbert, who had been fired by Calgary on December 3rd.

In April of 2003 (with Calgary already out of contention of a 2003 playoff spot and then-General Manager Craig Button's contract expiring), the Flames added the title of GM to Darryl's job responsibilities.

In the 2003–04 season, Darryl's first full season in Calgary, he led the Flames to a 42–30–7–3 record and the organization's first trip to the playoffs in seven seasons.

En route to the Stanley Cup Finals where Calgary ultimately lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flames defeated three higher-ranked opponents in the Western Conference playoff bracket: the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

However, Darryl and the Flames were unable to build-upon their surprise success due to the 2004-05 NHL season being canceled due to a lockout.

On July 12, 2006, Darryl stepped down as head coach of the Flames. He has said that he found it difficult to handle the jobs of both head coach and GM of the Flames. He compiled a 107–73–26 record in two-plus seasons behind the Calgary bench.

The Flames promoted Jim Playfair as Sutter's replacement, but after a first-round loss to Detroit in 2006–07, Darryl hired Mike Keenan as the head coach with Playfair stepping back into an associate coaching role. Keenan was then fired a month after the Flames were eliminated from the 2008–09 playoffs by Chicago.

Brent Sutter (the former coach of the New Jersey Devils) was selected as the new Flames coach in June of 2009.

On December 28, 2010, Darryl resigned as the general manager of the Flames. On December 17, 2011, the Los Angeles Kings hired him mid-season as the team's new head coach after the dismissal of Terry Murray.

His first game with the Kings was a December 22, 2011, shootout victory over rival Anaheim Ducks.

Darryl led the Kings to a 25–13–11 mark in 49 games, finished third in the Pacific Division and entered the 2012 playoffs as the eighth and last seed in the Western Conference.

In the playoffs, the team beat the first seed Vancouver Canucks, second seed St. Louis Blues and third seed Phoenix Coyotes to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, the only team to accomplish that feat in the 119-year history of the Finals.

The Kings then went on to defeat New Jersey four games to two to give Los Angeles its first Stanley Cup championship in its 45-year history.

The Kings set several records during the playoffs, including winning ten-straight games on the road and being the first team to go three games to zero in each of their playoff series.

Darryl and the L.A. Kings later won another Stanley Cup in the 2013–14 season, playing 26 playoff games, the most ever for a Cup champion.

The Kings also became only the fourth team in NHL history to come back from down three games to zero in a series after shocking the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Los Angeles then went on to defeat Anaheim and Chicago, both in seven-game series.

On June 13, 2014, the Kings beat the New York Rangers in five games to win their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Despite posting a 40–27–15 record in the 2014–15 season, Darryl and the L.A. Kings missed the 2015 playoffs by four points, becoming the first team since the 2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes to miss the playoffs entirely after winning the Stanley Cup the previous year, and only the fourth in NHL history.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75Red Deer RustlersAJHL6016203643
1975–76Red Deer RustlersAJHL60439313682
1976–77Lethbridge BroncosWCHL1101015371013
1976–77Red Deer RustlersAJHL565578133131
1977–78Lethbridge BroncosWCHL68334881119849132
1978–79New Brunswick HawksAHL197613651230
1978–79Flint GeneralsIHL10110
1979–80New Brunswick HawksAHL69353166691266128
1979–80Chicago BlackhawksNHL8202273142
1980–81Chicago BlackhawksNHL764022628633142
1981–82Chicago BlackhawksNHL402312353130112
1982–83Chicago BlackhawksNHL80313061531346108
1983–84Chicago BlackhawksNHL592020404451120
1984–85Chicago BlackhawksNHL4920183812151271912
1985–86Chicago BlackhawksNHL501710274431230
1986–87Chicago BlackhawksNHL4486141620000
NHL totals 406 161 118 279 288 51 24 19 43 26

Coaching RecordEdit

NHL Coaching RecordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
CHI1992–93 844725121061st in NorrisLost in first round
CHI1993–94 8439369875th in CentralLost in first round
CHI1994–95 4824195533rd in CentralLost in third round
SJ1997–98 82343810784th in PacificLost in first round
SJ1998–99 82313318804th in PacificLost in first round
SJ1999–2000 823530107874th in PacificLost in second round
SJ2000–01 824027123952nd in PacificLost in first round
SJ2001–02 82442783991st in PacificLost in second round
SJ2002–03 2491221215th in PacificFired after 24 games
CGY2002–03 46191881475th in NorthwestMissed playoffs
CGY2003–04 82423073943rd in NorthwestLost in Stanley Cup final
CGY2005–06 824625111031st in NorthwestLost in first round
LA2011–12 49251311953rd in PacificWon Stanley Cup
LA2012–13 4827165592nd in PacificLost in conference finals
LA2013–14 82462881003rd in PacificWon Stanley Cup
LA2014–15 82402715954th in PacificMissed playoffs
Totals 112154741410961

Minor League Coaching RecordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
SAG1988–89 824626101022nd in EastLost in first round
IND1989–90 82532181141st in WestWon Turner Cup

Personal LifeEdit

Darryl is one of the seven Sutter brothers (six of whom made it to the NHL): Brent, Brian, Duane, Rich, Ron and Gary. All the brothers (except for Rich & Gary) worked alongside with Darryl in some capacity during his tenure with the Calgary Flames.

He and his wife Wanda have three children: Brett (who was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and currently plays for the Ontario Reign in the AHL) Jessie and Christopher.

In addition to his NHL responsibilities, Darryl also owns and maintains a 3,000 acre farm in Viking, Alberta, raising beef cattle.

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