Andy Sutton

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Andy Sutton
Andy Sutton Oilers.jpg
Sutton with the Oilers in 2012
Born (1975-03-10) March 10, 1975 (age 39)
London, ON, CAN[1][2]
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for San Jose Sharks
Minnesota Wild
Atlanta Thrashers
New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators
Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2012

Andrew Cameron Sutton (born March 10, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He has previously played with the Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks, all of the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Sutton was born in London, Ontario and played most of his youth hockey with the Greater London Hockey Association and the rep London Sabres AAA program.

At the age of 14, Sutton moved with his family to Kingston, Ontario.[2] He played Junior "B" hockey in Gananoque, Ontario at age 16, later playing in the Metro Toronto Junior Hockey League for St. Mike's B's.[1] His play with St. Mike's earned him a scholarship to play collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech in the WCHA. Sutton played four seasons with Michigan Tech, where he switched from left wing to defence.[2]

Six weeks before he was to finish his degree in environmental engineering, Sutton was signed as a free agent by the NHL's San Jose Sharks on March 20, 1998.[2] He made his NHL debut with the Sharks in the 1998–99 season and played in 71 games in his two seasons with San Jose before being selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.

Sutton played parts of two seasons with the Wild before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for forward Hnat Domenichelli on January 22, 2002. Sutton spent over four and a half years with the Thrashers, appearing in 273 games and established himself as one of the NHL's most imposing physical defenders. In the 2005–06 season, Sutton registered a career high 8 goals and 25 points.

Sutton became an unrestricted free agent after the 2006–07 season and signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders on August 10, 2007.[3] In the 2008–09 season, his second with the Islanders, Sutton played in only 23 games before a broken foot sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[4]

Sutton returned for the 2009–10 season, scoring 4 goals in 54 games with the Islanders before being traded to the Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline for a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. TV commentator Don Cherry called it the "biggest" trade of the year in reference to Sutton's size and the potential impact his physical play could make for the Senators.[5][6] Indeed, Sutton delivered a much publicized bodycheck to Pittsburgh Penguins' defenceman Jordan Leopold in Ottawa's first round playoff series, described as one of the most devastating hits of the season.[7][8]

On August 2, 2010, Sutton signed as a free agent to a two-year, $4.25 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[9] After only one season in Anaheim, Sutton was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Kurtis Foster on July 1, 2011 .

While with the Oilers, Sutton delivered an illegal check to the head on Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog on October 28, 2011. Though Landeskog was uninjured, the illegality of the hit resulted in a five game suspension for Sutton.[10] Just a few weeks later, on December 8, 2011, Sutton was suspended indefinitely pending a hearing as a result of a hit delivered to Carolina Hurricanes' forward Alexei Ponikarovsky.[11] He ended up receiving an 8-game suspension.[12] Sutton finished the season with 3 goals and 10 points in 52 games.

On May 22, 2013, Sutton officially announced his retirement from professional hockey.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Michigan Tech NCAA 19 2 1 3 42
1995–96 Michigan Tech NCAA 32 2 2 4 38
1996–97 Michigan Tech NCAA 32 2 7 9 73
1997–98 Michigan Tech NCAA 38 16 24 40 97
1997–98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 7 0 0 0 33
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 0 3 3 65
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 21 5 10 15 53 5 0 0 0 23
1999–00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 40 1 1 2 80
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 69 3 4 7 131
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 19 2 4 6 35
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 24 0 4 4 46
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 53 3 18 21 114
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 65 8 13 21 94
2004–05 ZSC Zurich Lions NLA 8 2 2 4 32 1 0 1 1 2
2004–05 GCK Lions NLB 18 8 18 26 58
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 8 17 25 144
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 55 2 14 16 76 4 0 0 0 10
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 58 1 7 8 86
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 23 2 8 10 40
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 54 4 8 12 73
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 1 0 1 34 6 0 0 0 8
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 39 0 4 4 87 1 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 52 3 7 10 80
NHL totals 676 38 112 150 1185 11 0 0 0 20

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1997–98

Transactions[edit]

  • March 20, 1998 - Signed as a free agent by San Jose Sharks.
  • June 12, 2000 - Traded to Minnesota by San Jose with San Jose's 7th-round choice (Peter Bartos) in 2000 Entry Draft and San Jose's 3rd round choice in 2001 Entry Draft for Minnesota's 8th-round choice in 2001 Entry Draft and future considerations.
  • January 22, 2002 - Traded to Atlanta Thrashers by Minnesota for Hnat Domenichelli.
  • September 24, 2004 - Signed as a free agent by GCK Zurich (Swiss-2).
  • February 22, 2005 - Loaned to ZSC Zurich (Swiss) by GCK Zurich (Swiss-2).
  • August 10, 2007 - Signed as a free agent by New York Islanders.
  • March 2, 2010 - Traded to Ottawa Senators by Islanders for a second round draft choice in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
  • August 2, 2010 - Signed as a free agent by Anaheim Ducks.
  • July 1, 2011 - Traded to Edmonton Oilers by Anaheim Ducks for Kurtis Foster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scanlon, Wayne (April 1, 2010). "Time to drop the past". Ottawa Citizen. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kennedy, Patrick (March 31, 1998). "Sutton looks to find way to San Jose". Kingston Whig-Standard. p. 20. 
  3. ^ "Islanders sign ex-Thrashers defenceman Sutton". ESPN. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ Martin, Dan (2009-03-26). "Islanders go down with fights". NY Post. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Senators acquire Sutton from Islanders". NHL. 2010-03-02. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  6. ^ Coach's Corner broadcast, CBC, March 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Sutton hit on Leopold livens up series http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2010/04/17/13624996.html
  8. ^ Andy Sutton Hits Jordan Leopold http://www.nhldigest.com/andy-sutton-hits-jordan-leopold/
  9. ^ "Ducks ink Sutton to two-year contract". The Sports Network. 2010-08-02. Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  10. ^ Oilers' Andy Sutton suspended five games http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2011-11-01/sutton-suspended-nhl-notes/51031474/1
  11. ^ "Sutton suspended indefinitely, pending hearing". NHL. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  12. ^ Oilers' Andy Sutton suspended for illegal hit http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/oilers-andy-sutton-suspended-for-illegal-hit/article4201596/
  13. ^ "Veteran blueliner Sutton retires from NHL". The Sports Network. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 

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