Darryl Sutter

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Darryl Sutter
Darryl Sutter - June 2014.jpg
Born (1958-08-19) August 19, 1958 (age 56)
Viking, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New Brunswick Hawks
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 179th overall, 1978
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1979–1987

Darryl John Sutter (born August 19, 1958) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward and the current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He is one of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom made the NHL (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron); all but Rich and Gary (the seventh Sutter brother) worked alongside Darryl in some capacity during Daryrl Sutter's tenure with the Calgary Flames. Sutter has also coached for the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks, the latter with which he spent his entire NHL playing career with, from 1979 to 1987.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, Sutter spent five years in the minor leagues, including a year in Japan, where he was named rookie of the year. He stands 5 foot 11 inches and his playing weight was 176 pounds. Sutter was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 1978 NHL Entry Draft in the 11th round, 179th overall. In his NHL career, he suited up only for the Blackhawks and scored 279 points (161 goals and 118 assists) in 406 career regular season games, in addition to 43 points (24 goals and 19 assists) in 51 Stanley Cup playoff games. His last season as a player was in 1986–87.

Coaching career[edit]

Sutter began his coaching career in the International Hockey League (IHL), where he coached the Saginaw Hawks and led the Indianapolis Ice to the Turner Cup as League champions.


He was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for three seasons and also served as Chicago’s assistant coach in 1987–88 and as associate coach from 1990 to 1992. He led Chicago to a first-place finish in the Norris Division—and the best record in the Campbell Conference—in 1992–93 with a 47–25–12 record (106 points), only to be swept in the opening round by the St. Louis Blues, which featured his brother Rich on the team. In the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season, he led Chicago to the Western Conference Finals. Following the 1994–95 season, he stepped down as coach of the Blackhawks coach to return home to the family farm in Viking, Alberta. The decision was largely made out of necessity for him to be with his son, Christopher, who has Down syndrome.[2]

After a two-year hiatus from coaching, Sutter returned to the NHL in 1997–98 season as head coach of the San Jose Sharks, coaching the team until being relieved of his duties on December 1, 2002, just 24 games into the 2002–03 season.[3]

On December 28, 2002, four weeks after he was fired by San Jose, Sutter was named head coach of the Calgary Flames, replacing Greg Gilbert, who had been fired by Calgary on December 3.[4] In April 2003, with Calgary already out of contention of a 2003 playoff spot and then-General Manager Craig Button's contract expiring, the Flames added the title of GM to Sutter's job responsibilities.[5]

In the 2003–04 season, his first full season in Calgary, Sutter led the Flames to a 42–30–7–3 record and the organization's first trip to the playoffs in seven seasons. En route to the Stanley Cup Finals, where Calgary ultimately lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flames defeated three higher-ranked opponents in the Western Conference playoff bracket—the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. Sutter and the Flames were unable to build-upon their surprise success, however, as the entire following season, 2004–05, was cancelled due to a lockout.

Sutter at the 2006 NHL Awards.

On July 12, 2006, Sutter stepped down as head coach of the Flames. He has said that he found it difficult to handle the jobs of both head coach and GM of the Flames. Sutter compiled a 107–73–26 record in two-plus seasons behind the Calgary bench. The Flames promoted Jim Playfair as Sutter's replacement, but after a first-round loss to Detroit in 2006–07, Sutter hired Mike Keenan as head coach, with Playfair stepping back into an associate coaching role. Keenan was then fired a month after the Flames were eliminated from the 2008–09 playoffs by Chicago. Brent Sutter, former coach of the New Jersey Devils, was selected as the new Flames coach in June 2009. On December 28, 2010, Sutter resigned as the general manager of the Flames.

On December 17, 2011, the Los Angeles Kings hired Sutter mid-season as the team's new head coach after the dismissal of Terry Murray.[6] Sutter's first game with the Kings was a December 22, 2011, shootout victory over rival Anaheim Ducks. He led the Kings to a 25–13–11 mark in 49 games, finished third in the Pacific Division, and entered the 2012 playoffs as the eighth and last seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the team beat the first seed Vancouver Canucks, second seed St. Louis Blues and third seed Phoenix Coyotes to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, the only team to accomplish that feat in the 119-year history of the Finals. The Kings then went on to defeat New Jersey four games to two to give Los Angeles its first Stanley Cup championship in its 45-year history. The Kings set several records during the playoffs, including winning ten-straight games on the road and being the first team to go three games to zero in each of their playoff series.[7][8]

Sutter and the Kings later won another Stanley Cup in the 2013–14 season, playing 26 playoff games, the most ever for a Cup champion. The Kings also became only the fourth team in NHL history to come back from down three games to zero in a series after shocking the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Los Angeles then went on to defeat Anaheim and Chicago, both in seven-game series. On June 13, 2014, the Kings beat the New York Rangers in five games to win their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Despite posting a 40–27–15 record in the 2014–15 season, Sutter and the Kings missed the 2015 playoffs by four points, becoming the first team since the 2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes to miss the playoffs entirely after winning the Stanley Cup the previous year, and only the fourth in NHL history.

Personal life[edit]

Sutter and his wife Wanda have three children, Brett, Jessie and Christopher.[9] In addition to his NHL responsibilities, Sutter also owns and maintains a 3,000 acre farm in Viking, Alberta, raising beef cattle.[10][11] In February of 1997, during his hiatus from coaching, Sutter fell from a height of 12 feet while doing repairs on the farm and suffered a skull fracture and a broken shoulder blade.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 16 20 36 43
1975–76 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 43 93 136 82
1976–77 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 1 1 0 1 0 15 3 7 10 13
1976–77 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 56 55 78 133 131
1977–78 Lethbridge Broncos WCHL 68 33 48 81 119 8 4 9 13 2
1978–79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 19 7 6 13 6 5 1 2 3 0
1978–79 Flint Generals IHL 1 0 1 1 0
1979–80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 69 35 31 66 69 12 6 6 12 8
1979–80 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 2 0 2 2 7 3 1 4 2
1980–81 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 40 22 62 86 3 3 1 4 2
1981–82 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 23 12 35 31 3 0 1 1 2
1982–83 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 31 30 61 53 13 4 6 10 8
1983–84 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 59 20 20 40 44 5 1 1 2 0
1984–85 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 49 20 18 38 12 15 12 7 19 12
1985–86 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 17 10 27 44 3 1 2 3 0
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 44 8 6 14 16 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 406 161 118 279 288 51 24 19 43 26

Head coaching record[edit]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
CHI 1992–93 84 47 25 12 106 1st in Norris Lost in first round
CHI 1993–94 84 39 36 9 87 5th in Central Lost in first round
CHI 1994–95 48 24 19 5 53 3rd in Central Lost in third round
SJ 1997–98 82 34 38 10 78 4th in Pacific Lost in first round
SJ 1998–99 82 31 33 18 80 4th in Pacific Lost in first round
SJ 1999–2000 82 35 30 10 7 87 4th in Pacific Lost in second round
SJ 2000–01 82 40 27 12 3 95 2nd in Pacific Lost in first round
SJ 2001–02 82 44 27 8 3 99 1st in Pacific Lost in second round
SJ 2002–03 24 9 12 2 1 21 5th in Pacific Fired after 24 games
CGY 2002–03 46 19 18 8 1 47 5th in Northwest Missed playoffs
CGY 2003–04 82 42 30 7 3 94 3rd in Northwest Lost in Stanley Cup final
CGY 2005–06 82 46 25 11 103 1st in Northwest Lost in first round
LA 2011–12 49 25 13 11 95 3rd in Pacific Won Stanley Cup
LA 2012–13 48 27 16 5 59 2nd in Pacific Lost in conference finals
LA 2013–14 82 46 28 8 100 3rd in Pacific Won Stanley Cup
LA 2014–15 82 40 27 15 95 4th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Totals 1121 547 414 109 61

Minor league coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
SAG 1988–89 82 46 26 10 102 2nd in East Lost in first round
IND 1989–90 82 53 21 8 114 1st in West Won Turner Cup

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CP (2011-12-20). "Kings name Darryl Sutter new head coach". TSN. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Around the NHL". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. March 12, 1997. 
  3. ^ Beacham, Greg (December 2, 2002). "Slumping Sharks Fire Sutter, Assistants". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 2, 2002. 
  4. ^ "Flames fire Coach Greg Gilbert". United Press International. UPI. December 3, 2002. 
  5. ^ Pike, Ryan (December 28, 2010). "Darryl Sutter hits the dusty trail". The Hockey Writers. 
  6. ^ LeBrun, Pierre (December 14, 2011). "Source: Kings eye Darryl Sutter". ESPN.com. ESPNLosAngeles.com. 
  7. ^ "LA Kings rock NJ Devils 6-1 in Game 6 at Staples Center to win franchise's first Stanley Cup". NY Daily News. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  8. ^ NHL.com - Kings make history, poised to make more - Bracket Challenge - 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  9. ^ http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=76221
  10. ^ http://lakingsinsider.com/2014/03/11/meanwhile-back-on-the-farm/
  11. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/22/sports/la-sp-sn-darryl-sutter-nhl-lockout-20120922
  12. ^ "Around the NHL". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. March 12, 1997. 

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Bob Murray, 1985–86
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Al Sims
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