Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Sutter
Brian Sutter is the eldest of the six Sutters who played in the NHL and was drafted by the Blues in 1976. Growing up in Alberta on a farm, the Sutters all pushed each other in everything they did, especially hockey. They weren't the most talented players but had an amazing work ethic that made them the grinders of success. Gary was the oldest of the boys, and the best according to his six brothers, but he left the game to help run the farm. He watched as Brian led the way to the NHL, paving the way for his siblings.

Brian played junior hockey in Red Deer and Lethbridge while also playing for team Canada at the 1975 World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal. He made his NHL debut in 1976-77 while splitting the year with the team's CHL affiliate in Kansas City. The next season, he was up with the Blues for good. Sutter became the team's captain in the 1979-80 season and held the captaincy until retiring as a player in 1988 to step behind the Blues' bench. Sutter played in three All-Star Games--1982, 1983, and 1985.

Sutter coached the Blues for four seasons and won the Jack Adams award as the league's best coach in 1991. He left St. Louis in 1992 and moved on to be the bench boss in Boston for three seasons. After taking two years off from coaching, Sutter moved back to Alberta to coach the Flames from 1997 to 2000. After another year away from coaching, Sutter followed in his brother Darryl's footsteps to coach the Blackhawks for the 2001-02 season.

The Sutter family is known in hockey circles as a group that promotes leadership, hard work and an honest work ethic that makes them one of hockey's great families.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 51 27 40 67 54
1973-74 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 59 42 54 96 139
1974-75 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 53 34 47 81 134 6 0 1 1 39
1974-75 Canada WJC-A 5 1 4 5 2
1975-76 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 72 36 56 92 233 7 3 4 7 45
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 35 4 10 14 82 -8 4 1 0 1 14
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 38 15 23 38 47
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 9 13 22 123 -38
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 41 39 80 165 -2
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 23 35 58 156 +3 3 0 0 0 4
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 35 34 69 232 +12 11 6 3 9 77
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 39 36 75 239 -2 10 8 6 14 49
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 46 30 76 254 0 4 2 1 3 10
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 32 51 83 162 -6 11 1 5 6 22
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 37 37 74 121 +11 3 2 1 3 2
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 44 19 23 42 87 -12 9 1 2 3 22
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 3 3 6 18 -5
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 15 22 37 147 -16 10 0 3 3 49
1988-1992 St. Louis Blues NHLMGNT
1992-1995 Boston Bruins NHLMGNT
1995-1997
1997-2000 Calgary Flames NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 779 303 333 636 1786 65 21 21 42 249


Brother of Darryl, Duane, Brent, Rich and Ron Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982, 1983, 1985)