Brent Sutter #14 Chicago Blackhawks (Photo courtesy of http://home.comcast.net/~sulli26/bsutter.htm)
Brent Sutter, along with the entire Sutter family, was highly regarded as a hard-working player who wasn’t afraid to get into the dirty areas to find pucks for teammates. If he wasn’t helping the team out by scoring or contributing an assist then he was providing leadership and defensive skills to help the team out on both sides of the ice. Duane Sutter who played alongside Brent hit the nail on the head when talking about the way the Sutter family operates on the ice. Duane said, “The way we’ve been taught to play hockey is to give everything we’ve got for each shift. We go out there to do our jobs all over the ice and, if we score or set up a goal, great. But we don’t build our games around scoring.” Quote courtesy of Joe Pelletier from greatesthockeylegends.com
Brent Sutter finally retired in 1998 with the Chicago Blackhawks but he did not leave the sport of hockey. He bought the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League and took over as the General Manager and Head Coach of the team for 8 seasons. His coaching also included the Canadian World Junior Championships where they won consecutive gold medals in 2005 & 2006. Between 2007 & 2012 Brent Sutter coached in order: the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, and Calgary Flames. With the Calgary Flames Brent Sutter was reunited once again with his brother Darryl Sutter who was the General Manager at the time but they were unsuccessful in their quest of bringing home the Stanley Cup. Any Brent Sutter fans out there on Throwback Thursday? Let me know what your thoughts are or any specific memories you may have in the comments below!
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