Duane Sutter

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Duane Sutter
Born (1960-03-16) March 16, 1960 (age 54)
Viking, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
New York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1979
New York Islanders
Playing career 1979–1990

Duane Calvin Sutter (born March 16, 1960) is a Canadian former forward player and former head coach in the National Hockey League. He is one of the famed six Sutter brothers to play in the NHL. As of August 22, 2011, he is a pro scout for the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Duane was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1979 in the 1st round and as the 17th pick overall. During the following season he made his debut for the Islanders, and as a rookie was a key contributor to the Islanders first Stanley Cup championship. Duane Sutter, who was dubbed "Dog" by his teammates because he yapped and barked before and during games, also contributed to the ensuing 1981, 1982 and 1983 Stanley Cup championships. Playing in the corners of the rink, Duane Sutter was tough but skillful. Sutter had an underrated passing ability and scoring touch.

After the 1983 Cup win, Duane had the distinction winning four Stanley Cup championships in his first four seasons of the NHL. Duane and Brent unexpectedly led all players with 7 and 5 points during that finals series.

In the 1980–81 season he was joined by his younger brother, Brent, on the team and they played together until Duane was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1987.

He played for the Blackhawks for three seasons, but after the 1989–1990 season he retired.

During 1996–1998 and 2000–2003 he was a part of the coaching staff in the Florida Panthers (1996–1998 and 2002–2003 he was assistant coach and during 2000–2002 he was head coach)

Duane recently made a guest appearance in the Canadian television series, Road Hockey Rumble playing himself. He is confronted by the two hosts of the show hoping to win him over as a fan.

Duane's son Brody, is a former forward for the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes, now playing with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL and is a Carolina Hurricanes prospect.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 1 0 1 1 2 8 0 1 1 15
1976–77 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 9 26 35 76
1977–78 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 5 1 5 6 19 8 1 4 5 10
1977–78 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 59 47 53 100 218
1978–79 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 71 50 75 125 212 19 11 12 23 42
1979–80 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 21 18 16 34 74
1979–80 New York Islanders NHL 56 15 9 24 55 21 3 7 10 74
1980–81 New York Islanders NHL 23 7 11 18 26 12 3 1 4 10
1981–82 New York Islanders NHL 77 18 35 53 100 19 5 5 10 57
1982–83 New York Islanders NHL 75 13 19 32 118 20 9 12 21 43
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 78 17 23 40 94 21 1 3 4 48
1984–85 New York Islanders NHL 78 17 24 41 174 10 0 2 2 47
1985–86 New York Islanders NHL 80 20 33 53 157 3 0 0 0 16
1986–87 New York Islanders NHL 80 14 17 31 169 14 0 1 1 26
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 37 7 9 16 70 5 0 0 0 21
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 7 9 16 214 16 3 1 4 15
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 4 14 18 156 20 1 1 2 48
NHL totals 731 139 203 342 1333 161 26 32 58 405

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
FLA 2000–01 46 16 20 6 4 (66) 3rd in Southeast Missed playoffs
FLA 2001–02 26 6 15 2 3 (60) 4th in Southeast (fired)
Total 72 22 35 8 7

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Preceded by
Steve Tambellini
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1979
Succeeded by
Brent Sutter
Preceded by
Terry Murray
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
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Succeeded by
Mike Keenan