Darryl Sutter
Position Forward
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
Teams New Brunswick Hawks
Chicago Blackhawks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born August 19 1958 (1958-08-19) (age 61),
Viking, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 179th overall, 1978
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 1979 – 1987

Darryl John Sutter (born August 19, 1958 in Viking, Alberta) is a retired Canadian professional forward and coach, and current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League. He is one of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom made the NHL (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron).

As a player, Darryl spent five years in the minor leagues, including a year in Japan, where he was rookie of the year. He stands 5 foot 11 inches and his playing weight was 176 pounds. Darryl was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1978 in the 11th round as the 179th pick overall. In his NHL career as a player, he suited up only for the Blackhawks and scored 279 points (161+118) in 406 career regular season games, plus 43 points (24+19) in 51 playoffs games. He was a well-respected, hard working left-winger but was never an all-star and never won the Stanley Cup. His last season as a player was in 1986–87.

On July 12, 2006, Sutter stepped down as the Calgary Flames head coach. He has said that he found it difficult to handle the jobs of both head coach and GM of the Flames. Sutter compiled a 107–73–26 record in two-plus seasons behind the Calgary bench, joining the Flames after head coaching stints in Chicago and San Jose. The Flames promoted Jim Playfair as Sutter's replacement, but after a first-round loss to the Detroit Red Wings in 06/07, Sutter hired Mike Keenan as head coach, with Playfair stepping back into an associate coaching role. Keenan was fired a month after the Flames were eliminated from the 2008-09 NHL playoffs at the hands of the Blackhawks. Brent Sutter, former coach of the New Jersey Devils, was selected as the new Flames coach in June 2009. On December 28, 2010, Sutter resigned as the general manager of the Flames.

On December 17, 2011, the Los Angeles Kings hired Sutter mid-season as the team's new head coach after the dismissal of Terry Murray.[1] Sutter's first game with the Kings was a December 22, 2011, shootout victory over rival Anaheim Ducks. He 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.[2][3]

Sutter and the 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, Sutter and the 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.

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
SAG1988–89 824626-101022nd in EastLost in First Round
IND1989–90 825321-81141st in WestWon Turner Cup
CHI1992–93 84472512-1061st in NorrisLost in First Round
CHI1993–94 8439369-875th in CentralLost in First Round
CHI1994–95 4824195-533rd in CentralLost in Third Round
SJ1997–98 82343811-784th in PacificLost in First Round
SJ1998–99 82313318-804th in PacificLost in First Round
SJ1999–00 823530107874th in PacificLost in Second Round
SJ2000–01 824027123952nd in PacificLost in First Round
SJ2001–02 82442783991st in PacificLost in Second Round
SJ2002–03 2491221(73)5th in Pacific(Fired)
CGY2002–03 46191881(75)5th in NorthwestMissed Playoffs
CGY2003–04 82423073943rd in NorthwestLost in Stanley Cup final
CGY2005–06 824625-111031st in Northwest
LA 2011–12 49 25 13 11 95 3rd in Pacific Won Stanley Cup
LA 2012–13 48 27 16 5 59 2nd in Pacific Lost in Conference Final
LA 2013–14 82 46 28 8 100 3rd in Pacific Won Stanley Cup
LA 2014–15 82 40 27 15 95 4th in Pacific Did not qualify
LA 2015–16 82 48 28 6 102 2nd in Pacific Lost in First Round
TOTAL 1,203 596 432 101 74

  1. LeBrun, Pierre (December 14, 2011). Source: Kings eye Darryl Sutter.
  2. LA Kings rock NJ Devils 6-1 in Game 6 at Staples Center to win franchise's first Stanley Cup. NY Daily News (12 June 2012). Retrieved on 12 June 2012.
  3. - Kings make history, poised to make more - Bracket Challenge - 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Preceded by
Mike Keenan
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
Succeeded by
Craig Hartsburg
Preceded by
Al Sims
Head coach of the San Jose Sharks
Succeeded by
Cap Raeder
Preceded by
Al MacNeil
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Jim Playfair
Preceded by
Terry Murray
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Terry Ruskowski
Chicago Black Hawks/Blackhawks captains
Bob Murray, 1985–86
Succeeded by
Denis Savard
Chicago Blackhawks Head Coaches
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