Brian Sutter

Brian Sutter

Sutter in 1979
Born (1956-10-07) October 7, 1956
Viking, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1976
St. Louis Blues
WHA Draft 36th overall
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 19761988

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 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 Games1982, 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.

During the 2006–07 season, Sutter coached the Bentley Generals of the Chinook Hockey League, leading the team to its first berth in the Allan Cup, Canada's senior men's hockey championship.

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.[1]

Sutter returned as head coach of the Generals for the 2008–09 season, leading them to its first Allan Cup title in 2009.[2] In August 2012, Sutter left the Generals to become the new head coach of the Innisfail Eagles, also of the Chinook Hockey League.[3]

Coaching statistics

TeamYearRegular seasonPost-season
GWLTOTLPtsDivision rankResult
STL1988–89 80333512-782nd in NorrisLost in second round
STL1989–90 8037349-832nd in NorrisLost in second round
STL1990–91 80472211-1052nd in NorrisLost in second round
STL1991–92 80363311-833rd in NorrisLost in first round
BOS1992–93 8451267-1091st in AdamsLost in first round
BOS1993–94 84422913-972nd in AdamsLost in second round
BOS1994–95 4827183-573rd in AdamsLost in first round
CGY1997–98 82264115-675th in PacificMissed playoffs
CGY1998–99 82304012-723rd in NorthwestMissed playoffs
CGY1999–2000 823136105774th in NorthwestMissed playoffs
CHI2001–02 824127131963rd in CentralLost in first round
CHI2002–03 823033136793rd in CentralMissed playoffs
CHI2003–04 822043118595th in CentralMissed playoffs

Personal life

Sutter and his wife Judy have two children, a son Shaun and a daughter, Abigail.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73Red Deer RustlersAJHL5127406754
1973–74Red Deer RustlersAJHL59425496139
1974–75Lethbridge BroncosWCHL53344781134601139
1975–76Lethbridge BroncosWHL72365692233734745
1976–77Kansas City BluesCHL3815233847
1976–77St. Louis BluesNHL354101482401114
1977–78St. Louis BluesNHL7991322123
1978–79St. Louis BluesNHL77413980165
1979–80St. Louis BluesNHL7123355815630004
1980–81St. Louis BluesNHL783534692321163977
1981–82St. Louis BluesNHL7439367523910861449
1982–83St. Louis BluesNHL79463076254421310
1983–84St. Louis BluesNHL763251831621115622
1984–85St. Louis BluesNHL7737377412132132
1985–86St. Louis BluesNHL4419234287912322
1986–87St. Louis BluesNHL1433618
1987–88St. Louis BluesNHL761522371471003349
NHL totals 779 303 333 636 1786 65 21 21 42 249

See also


  1. "Brian Sutter resigns as junior coach". March 24, 2008. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
  2. "Another Sutter in Calgary?". April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
  3. "Innisfail Eagles net Brian Sutter as coach". Innisfail Province. 21 August 2013.
Preceded by
Barry Gibbs
St. Louis Blues captain
Succeeded by
Bernie Federko
Preceded by
Bob Murdoch
Jack Adams Award winners
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn
Preceded by
Jacques Martin
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
Succeeded by
Bob Plager
Preceded by
Rick Bowness
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
Succeeded by
Steve Kasper
Preceded by
Pierre Page
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Don Hay
Preceded by
Alpo Suhonen
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
Succeeded by
Trent Yawney
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