Sutter with the Canucks in 2015
February 14, 1989|
Huntington, New York, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
11th overall, 2007|
Brandon Sutter (born February 14, 1989) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the son of former NHL player and head coach Brent Sutter, and a member of the famous Sutter family.
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 then-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 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. Sutter returned to the line-up after missing eight games.
On July 12, 2011, Sutter signed a three-year, $6.2 million contract extension with Carolina.
On June 22, 2012, Sutter was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins (along with Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot) in exchange for Jordan Staal.
On August 5, 2014, the Penguins announced they had re-signed Sutter to a two-year, $6.6 million contract extension.
On July 28, 2015, Sutter was traded (along with a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft) to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a second-round pick in 2016. On August 4, 2015, the Canucks announced they had signed Sutter to a five-year, $21.875 million contract extension. Sutter played 16 games in the 2015–16 season before it was revealed he required sports hernia surgery. He missed 33 games before returning to the Canucks lineup on January 26, 2016. However, on February 9, his fourth game back since the surgery, he suffered a broken jaw in a game against the Colorado Avalanche that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Sutter scored 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 20 games for the Canucks in an injury-plagued 2015–16 season.
In August 2016, the Canucks announced Sutter had switched from number 21 to 20 to let new Canucks acquisition Loui Eriksson wear number 21. On January 4, 2017, Sutter was awarded his second career penalty shot, converting against Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes.
On November 24, 2017, Sutter suffered a groin injury in a 3–2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. After missing 21 games, Sutter returned to the lineup on January 14, 2018, scoring the overtime-winning goal in a 3–2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
On October 29, 2018, Sutter suffered a separated shoulder in a game against the Minnesota Wild. He was expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
|World Junior Championships|
Sutter, who has dual citizenship of both the United States and Canada, elected to play for Canada in international competition. Sutter represented 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 Canada at the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game showdown between Canada and Russia's under-20 teams, where father Brent Sutter was head coach. Playing Game 7 in his hometown of Red Deer, Alberta, he scored a goal and was named player of the game. Coincidentally, the match also marked the last junior game Brent coached in Red Deer, where he had previously just completed a seven-year coaching career with the Red Deer Rebels. Sutter made his second under-20 appearance for 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 Senior Vice President 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—the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate—and currently plays in the Los Angeles Kings organization. Another cousin, Brody, played for the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes and was drafted 193rd overall by Carolina in the 2011 draft. Brody currently plays with Vaasan Sport of the Finnish Liiga.
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 organization.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||Albany River Rats||AHL||22||4||8||12||16||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Weight-ing in on head shots". The Province. November 18, 2008. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
- "Hurricanes activate C Sutter". National Post. November 14, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "Hurricanes re-signs Brandon Sutter to three-year deal". NBC Sports. July 12, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "Penguins trade Staal to Hurricanes for Sutter, Dumoulin". The Sports Network'. June 22, 2012. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- Penguins, Pittsburgh. "Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins". Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- "Brandon Sutter re-signs with Penguins". NHL.com. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "Canucks acquire Sutter & 3rd rounder from Pens". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- "Canucks sign Sutter to five-year extension". nhl.com. August 4, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
- "Canucks' Sutter has surgery to repair sports hernia". nhl.com. December 12, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
- "Canucks' Sutter, Edler out long-term with injuries". nhl.com. February 12, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
- @Canucks (September 16, 2016). "💥 NUMBER NEWS 💥 Brandon Sutter has switched to No. 20 so newcomer Loui Eriksson could wear No. 21" (Tweet). Retrieved 17 September 2016 – via Twitter.
- "Ryan Miller, Canucks shut out Coyotes". nhl.com. January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- "Penalty shot: Sutter vs Luongo". NHL. October 19, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "Sutter is out, Burmistrov is in, confirms Coach Green. Sutter is "more than day-to-day, but it's nothing too serious."". Twitter.
- Lalji, Farhan. "Being told Sutter has a separated shoulder. 4-6 weeks is best case". Twitter. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- "Canada's Super Series streak snapped". TSN. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
- "Staff – Red Deer Rebels". Red Deer Rebels. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Brandon Sutter career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brandon Sutter player profile at NHL.com
|Awards and achievements|
| Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick