Brian Sutter

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Brian Sutter
Brian Sutter 1979.jpg
Sutter in 1979
Born (1956-10-07) October 7, 1956 (age 58)
Viking, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1976
St. Louis Blues
WHA Draft 36th overall
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1976–1988

Brian Louis Allen Sutter (born October 7, 1956) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward and former head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). Brian is the second oldest of the famous Sutter brothers and 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.

Career[edit]

Player[edit]

Sutter was drafted by the St. Louis Blues during the 2nd round (20th overall) in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Blues until 1988, when a nagging back injury forced him into retirement. In 12 years with the Blues, he played in three NHL All-Star Games1982, 1983, and 1985. For the last nine years of his career, he was the Blues' captain. His jersey, #11, was retired by the St. Louis Blues on December 30, 1988.

Brian Sutter awaiting a face off with Mike Milbury (pictured left) and Charlie Simmer (pictured center) of the Boston Bruins at the Boston Garden on March 21, 1985. (Final Score: Bruins 1-Blues 1/OT)

Coaching[edit]

Almost immediately after retiring, he 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.

Sutter subsequently held head coaching positions with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks (2001–2005). On June 21, 2005, the Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager; Tallon and the rebuilding Blackhawks decided not to renew Sutter's contract.

During the 2006-07 season, Sutter 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 Sutter had resigned as head coach of the team, citing personal reasons.[1]

Sutter returned as head coach of the Generals for the 2008-09 season, leading the them to its first Allan Cup title in 2009.[2] In August 2012, Sutter left the Generals to become the new head coach of the Innisfail Eagles, also of the Chinook Hockey League.[3]

Coaching Statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
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
Total 1028 451 417 140 20

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 51 27 40 67 54
1973–74 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 59 42 54 96 139
1974–75 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 53 34 47 81 134 6 0 1 1 39
1975–76 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 72 36 56 92 233 7 3 4 7 45
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
NHL totals 779 303 333 636 1786 65 21 21 42 249

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Barry Gibbs
St. Louis Blues captain
197988
Succeeded by
Bernie Federko
Preceded by
Bob Murdoch
Jack Adams Award winners
1991
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn
Preceded by
Jacques Martin
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
1988-92
Succeeded by
Bob Plager
Preceded by
Rick Bowness
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
1992-95
Succeeded by
Steve Kasper
Preceded by
Pierre Page
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Don Hay
Preceded by
Alpo Suhonen
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
2001-04
Succeeded by
Trent Yawney

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Sutter resigns as junior coach". March 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Another Sutter in Calgary?". April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Innisfail Eagles net Brian Sutter as coach". Innisfail Province. 21 August 2013.