Brandon Sutter

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Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter 10-2015.jpg
Sutter with the Canucks in October 2015
Born (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 26)
Huntington, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2007
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2008–present

Brandon Sutter (born February 14, 1989) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the son of former player Brent Sutter, and a member of the famous Sutter family.

Playing career[edit]

Sutter skating for the Carolina Hurricanes January 28, 2010.

Sutter played major junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) under head coach and father Brent Sutter. During the 2006–07 season, he was selected to represent the WHL at the annual ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Additionally, Sutter was selected to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game in January. In the off-season, Sutter was drafted 11th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

After a brief stint with Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Albany River Rats, at the end of his 2007–08 WHL season, Sutter debuted in the NHL with the Hurricanes in 2008–09. He scored his first NHL goal on October 23, 2008 against Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The next game, on October 25, Sutter suffered a concussion after a collision with former Hurricane Doug Weight of the New York Islanders. Sutter had his head down as he was leaning forward for a loose puck in the neutral zone when Weight caught him with his shoulder. Although the hit was ruled as legal and Weight was not assessed any penalty, it re-sparked the debate in the NHL on head shots.[1] Sutter returned to the line-up after missing eight games.[2]

On July 12, 2011, Sutter signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $6.2 million.[3]

Sutter with the Penguins in January 2013

On June 22, 2012, Sutter was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's 2012 NHL Entry Draft first round pick (which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot), in return for Jordan Staal.[4]

On March 12, 2013, In a game against the Boston Bruins Sutter scored two goals, 3 minutes & 24 seconds apart, in the 3rd period that led to a 3-2 comeback victory for the Penguins. [5]

On August 5, 2014, the Penguins announced they had re-signed Sutter to a two-year contract, worth $6.6 million.[6]

On July 28, 2015, Sutter was traded by the Penguins along with a 2016 NHL Entry Draft 3rd-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a 2nd-round pick in 2016.[7]

On August 4, 2015, the Canucks had announced they had signed Sutter to a 5-year, $21.875 million deal.

International play[edit]

Brandon Sutter (Super Series).jpg
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Czech Republic

Sutter, who has dual citizenship of both the United States and Canada, elected to play for Canada in international competition. Sutter represented Team Canada extensively during his junior career at the under-18 and under-20 levels. He competed in two IIHF World U18 Championships in 2006 and 2007, losing the bronze medal game in both tournaments.

Shortly after being drafted into the NHL in the summer of 2007, Sutter was chosen to represent Team Canada at the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game showdown between Canada and Russia's under-20 teams, where father Brent was head coach. Playing Game 7 in his hometown Red Deer, he scored a goal and was named player of the game. The match, coincidentally, also marked the last junior game Brent coached in Red Deer, where he had previously just completed a seven-year coaching career with the Rebels.[8] Sutter made his second under-20 appearance for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, where he helped Canada win gold, overcoming Sweden 3-2 in overtime.


Sutter is part of the venerable Sutter hockey family. He is the son of Brent Sutter, who coached him in junior with the Red Deer Rebels and Team Canada at the 2007 Super Series; Brent is a former head coach of the Calgary Flames. He has an older brother, Merrick who currently serves as the Rebels video coach and a younger sister, Brooke.

His cousin Brett was a teammate of his with the Rebels who was drafted two years ahead of him by the Calgary Flames, was the captain of the Charlotte Checkers with the Carolina Hurricanes organization, and currently plays in the Minnesota Wild organization. Another cousin, Brody, was formerly a forward for the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes and was drafted 193rd overall by Carolina in the 2011 draft. Brody is still with the organization playing the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

As a result of his father's career, Brandon grew up in Huntington, New York and Chicago, Illinois, before his family settled in Red Deer, Alberta, following Brent's purchase of the Red Deer Rebels franchise.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 7 0 2 2 8 7 1 4 5 2
2005–06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 68 22 24 46 36
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 20 37 57 54 7 0 3 3 14
2007–08 Red Deer Rebels WHL 59 26 23 48 38
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 7 1 1 2 2 7 0 2 2 4
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 50 1 5 6 16
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 22 4 8 12 16
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 21 19 40 2
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 14 15 29 25
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 17 15 32 21
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 11 8 19 4 15 2 1 3 0
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 13 13 26 12 13 5 2 7 2
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 21 12 33 14 5 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 495 98 87 185 94 33 8 4 12 4


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Pacific WHC17 4th 6 4 2 6 0
2006 Canada WJC18 4th 7 2 0 2 2
2007 Canada WJC18 4th 6 1 1 2 2
2008 Canada WJC 1st 7 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 11 0 3 3 20


  1. ^ "Weight-ing in on head shots". The Province. November 18, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Hurricanes activate C Sutter". National Post. November 14, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Hurricanes re-signs Brandon Sutter to three-year deal". NBC Sports. July 12, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Penguins trade Staal to Hurricanes for Sutter, Dumoulin". The Sports Network'. June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Penguins, Pittsburgh. "Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins". Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Brandon Sutter re-signs with Penguins". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Canucks acquire Sutter & 3rd rounder from Pens". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Canada's Super Series streak snapped". TSN. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Johnson
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Zach Boychuk