Throwback Thursday: Brent Sutter

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Brent Sutter #12 Chicago Blackhawks (Photo courtesy of http://home.comcast.net/~sulli26/bsutter.htm)

Brent Sutter #12 Chicago Blackhawks (Photo courtesy of http://home.comcast.net/~sulli26/bsutter.htm)

Brent Sutter

Chicago Blackhawks Career-1991-1998

Games- 417

Goals- 76

Assists-143

+/- +46

Game Winning Goals- 10

Drafted- NY Islanders, 1st round (17th overall), 1980 NHL Entry

 

Brent Sutter was the 4th of the 6 Sutter brothers, who all played in the NHL. He was drafted in the 1st round by the New York Islanders where he played alongside his brother for 7 of 12 seasons there. Brent Sutter had the great fortune of being drafted into a powerhouse of a team that put together 4 consecutive Stanley Cup Championships in 5 Finals appearances. During that stretch he was able to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup 2 times with the Islanders and continued to play solid hockey for the club each season. However, the Islanders dynasty had finally come to an end and on October 25, 1991, Brent Sutter was traded by the NY Islanders to the Chicago Blackhawks with Brad Lauer for Adam Creighton and Steve Thomas.

Instead of playing alongside his brother on the ice for the same team, he was now playing for one of his other brothers, Darryl Sutter, who happened to be the Chicago Blackhawks associate coach. Brent Sutter fit right in with his new Blackhawks team putting up 50 points in 61 games, which helped lead them into the playoffs. The addition of Sutter to the lineup also helped the Chicago Blackhawks win a stretch of 11 consecutive games during the playoffs against their top three rivals: the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, and Edmonton Oilers. It was also the Blackhawks first appearance in 21 years to the Stanley Cup Finals so things were exciting. Unfortunately their hot streak came to a sudden end and the Blackhawks lost during the Stanley Cup Finals to the Pittsburg Penguins 4-0. Each game was closely contested but Mario Lemieux and the Scotty Bowman coached team were just too much for the Chicago Blackhawks to handle.

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