Brian Louis Allen Sutter (born October 7, 1956) is a Canadian former ice hockey forward and former head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). Brian is the second oldest of the famous Sutter brothers and the oldest of the six that played in the NHL. He is also the only one to have his number retired by an NHL team.
Sutter in 1979
October 7, 1956 |
Viking, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues|
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 1976
St. Louis Blues
|WHA Draft||36th overall
Sutter was drafted by the St. Louis Blues during the 2nd round (20th overall) in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Blues until 1988, when a nagging back injury forced him into retirement. In 12 years with the Blues, he played in three NHL All-Star Games – 1982, 1983, and 1985. For the last nine years of his career, he was the Blues' captain. His jersey, #11, was retired by the St. Louis Blues on December 30, 1988.
Almost immediately after retiring, he was named the Blues' head coach (1988–1992). In 1991, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach. All told, he spent the first 16 years of his adult life at ice level with the Blues.
Sutter subsequently held head coaching positions with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks (2001–2005). On June 21, 2005, the Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager; Tallon and the rebuilding Blackhawks decided not to renew Sutter's contract.
Sutter was named the head coach of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels on July 12, 2007, replacing his younger brother Brent, who left the Rebels to become the head coach of the NHL's New Jersey Devils. On March 24, 2008, the Rebels announced that Brian Sutter had resigned as head coach of the team, citing personal reasons.
Sutter returned as head coach of the Generals for the 2008–09 season, leading them to its first Allan Cup title in 2009. In August 2012, Sutter left the Generals to become the new head coach of the Innisfail Eagles, also of the Chinook Hockey League.
|STL||1988–89||80||33||35||12||-||78||2nd in Norris||Lost in second round|
|STL||1989–90||80||37||34||9||-||83||2nd in Norris||Lost in second round|
|STL||1990–91||80||47||22||11||-||105||2nd in Norris||Lost in second round|
|STL||1991–92||80||36||33||11||-||83||3rd in Norris||Lost in first round|
|BOS||1992–93||84||51||26||7||-||109||1st in Adams||Lost in first round|
|BOS||1993–94||84||42||29||13||-||97||2nd in Adams||Lost in second round|
|BOS||1994–95||48||27||18||3||-||57||3rd in Adams||Lost in first round|
|CGY||1997–98||82||26||41||15||-||67||5th in Pacific||Missed playoffs|
|CGY||1998–99||82||30||40||12||-||72||3rd in Northwest||Missed playoffs|
|CGY||1999–2000||82||31||36||10||5||77||4th in Northwest||Missed playoffs|
|CHI||2001–02||82||41||27||13||1||96||3rd in Central||Lost in first round|
|CHI||2002–03||82||30||33||13||6||79||3rd in Central||Missed playoffs|
|CHI||2003–04||82||20||43||11||8||59||5th in Central||Missed playoffs|
Sutter and his wife Judy have two children, a son Shaun and a daughter, Abigail.
|1972–73||Red Deer Rustlers||AJHL||51||27||40||67||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Red Deer Rustlers||AJHL||59||42||54||96||139||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||Kansas City Blues||CHL||38||15||23||38||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||St. Louis Blues||NHL||35||4||10||14||82||4||0||1||1||14|
|1977–78||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||9||13||22||123||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||St. Louis Blues||NHL||77||41||39||80||165||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||St. Louis Blues||NHL||71||23||35||58||156||3||0||0||0||4|
|1980–81||St. Louis Blues||NHL||78||35||34||69||232||11||6||3||9||77|
|1981–82||St. Louis Blues||NHL||74||39||36||75||239||10||8||6||14||49|
|1982–83||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||46||30||76||254||4||2||1||3||10|
|1983–84||St. Louis Blues||NHL||76||32||51||83||162||11||1||5||6||22|
|1984–85||St. Louis Blues||NHL||77||37||37||74||121||3||2||1||3||2|
|1985–86||St. Louis Blues||NHL||44||19||23||42||87||9||1||2||3||22|
|1986–87||St. Louis Blues||NHL||14||3||3||6||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||St. Louis Blues||NHL||76||15||22||37||147||10||0||3||3||49|
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|St. Louis Blues captain
|Jack Adams Award winners
|Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
|Head coach of the Boston Bruins
|Head coach of the Calgary Flames
|Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks