Brett Sutter
Brett Sutter.JPG
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
192 lb (87 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Calgary Flames
Born (1987-06-02)June 2, 1987,
Viking, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 179th overall, 2005
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 2007 – present

Brett Darryl Sutter (born June 2, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Sutter was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 6th round, 179th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on November 17, 2010. He made his NHL debut for the Flames during the 2008–09 season, scoring a goal in his first game. He is the son of former Flames general manager Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the famous Sutter family to play in the NHL.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Western Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Sutter 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.[1] He was the Rebels' team captain in his final season of junior in 2006–07,[2] and posted a career high 28 goals.[3]

Calgary Flames[edit | edit source]

He turned professional in 2007–08. Sutter was one of the Flames' final cuts prior to the season,[4] 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.[5] Sutter earned more ice time throughout the season as he adapted to the speed of the professional game.[4] Sutter 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]

Sutter 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. "Everybody makes a big deal about his last name, but there's been lots (of Sutters) before him and will be ones after him," Darryl Sutter said.[7] 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.[8][9] Sutter 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, Sutter appeared in ten NHL games with the Flames that season.[10] He stuck with the Flames out of training camp as an extra forward to begin the 2010–11 NHL season; however he was a healthy scratch for most games, dressing for only 4 of the Flames' first 16 games.[11] On November 11, he 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.[12][13] Less than a week later, he and Ian White were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos.[14]

Carolina Hurricanes[edit | edit source]

Immediately following his trade from Calgary to Carolina, Sutter was assigned to the Hurricanes' top AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.[15] On October, 6, 2011 he was named the Checkers team captain for the 2011-2012 season.

Family[edit | edit source]

Upon making his NHL debut on December 23, 2008, Brett became the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.[16] Along with his father, Darryl, his uncles Brent, Brian, Duane, Rich and Ron all played in the NHL, while his cousin Brandon is currently an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes.[17] Another cousin, Shaun, was also a draft pick of the Flames in 1998, and is playing professionally in Europe.[18] Two of his other cousins, Brody and Lukas are currently playing in the Western Hockey League.

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.[19]

Brett is the middle child of former Flames' GM Darryl Sutter and wife Wanda. He has an older sister (Jessica) and younger brother (Christopher).[20] Christopher was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

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
NHL totals 19 1 1 2 12

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Board, Mike (2007-09-23). It's eyes wide open for Brett Sutter. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2008-12-23.
  2. Walker, Andrew (2007-07-31). Q & A with Brett Sutter. Hockey's Future. Retrieved on 2008-12-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hall, Vicki. "New Sutter in town", 2008-12-23. Retrieved on 2008-12-23. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Odland, Kristen. "Brett Sutter waits for his turn in an NHL jersey", Calgary Herald, 2008-07-27. Retrieved on 2008-12-29. 
  5. Brett Sutter player profile. Retrieved on 2008-12-23.
  6. Flames bring up Brett Sutter. Rogers Sportsnet (2008-12-22). Retrieved on 2008-12-29.
  7. Sportak, Randy. "Here for one rea'son'", Calgary Sun, 2008-12-23. Retrieved on 2008-12-23. 
  8. Flames rally for three unanswered goals to beat Ducks. TSN (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 2008-12-24.
  9. Boxscore: Anaheim 3, Calgary 4. ESPN (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 2008-12-24.
  10. Brett Sutter profile. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2010-11-12.
  13. Zickefoose, Sherri (2010-11-12). Flames centre Brett Sutter charged with assault after Arizona bar punch-up. Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2010-11-12.
  14. Flames acquire Babchuk, Kostopoulos from Hurricanes. (2010-11-16). Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  16. Flames 4, Ducks 3. National Hockey League (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 2008-12-24.
  17. Another Sutter set to make NHL debut. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 2008-12-23.
  18. Shaun Sutter player profile. Retrieved on 2008-12-23.
  19. Sportak, Randy. "Banking on Sutter", Calgary Sun, 2005-07-31. Retrieved on 2008-12-29. 
  20. Flames Executive. Retrieved on 2010-06-04.

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