Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Darryl Sutter
As the second Sutter to break into the NHL, Darryl followed his older brother, Brian, playing in Red Deer and Lethbridge as a junior. The Blackhawks in the 1978 Amateur Draft selected him. Before heading into the NHL, Darryl went to Japan to play for twenty games in 1978-79 but was in a Blackhawks uniform the next year. Darryl spent the majority of the 1979-80 season with the team's AHL affiliate in New Brunswick and won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie for 1980 as well as being named to the second all-star team.

The 1980-81 season saw Sutter stay with Chicago where he played his entire career. Sutter was the Hawks captain for several seasons but had several years where injuries took up more time than playing did. After eight seasons in Chicago, Sutter stepped out of his skates in 1987. Darryl then took a page out of his brother Brian's book and took a position behind the bench as the Hawks' assistant coach until taking on the head coaching position of the team's IHL affiliate. He coached the Indianapolis team to the Turner Cup championship in 1990 and the following year made his way back to the NHL as the Hawks' assistant coach under Mike Keenan.

Sutter took over the head coaching duties for the Hawks in 1992 and was the team's bench boss for three seasons before stepping down to spend more time with his family. After two seasons as a consultant to Chicago, Sutter was lured back behind the bench to coach the San Jose Sharks in 1997 where he coaches to date. In Sutter's 19 years of playing and coaching, his teams have never missed the post-season. This can be attributed to the Sutter family's hard work ethic that rubs off on his players.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 16 20 36 43
1975-76 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 43 93 136 82
1976-77 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 56 55 78 133 131
1976-77 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 1 1 0 1 0 15 3 7 10 13
1977-78 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 68 33 48 81 119 8 4 9 13 2
1978-79 Iwakura Tomakomai Japan 20 28 13 41
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 19 7 6 13 6 5 1 2 3 0
1978-79 Flint Generals IHL 1 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8 2 0 2 2 +1 7 3 1 4 2
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 69 35 31 66 69 12 6 6 12 8
1980-81 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 40 22 62 86 -1 3 3 1 4 2
1981-82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 40 23 12 35 31 0 3 0 1 1 2
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 31 30 61 53 +18 13 4 6 10 8
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 20 20 40 44 -18 5 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 20 18 38 12 +8 15 12 7 19 12
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 17 10 27 44 -15 3 1 2 3 0
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 44 8 6 14 16 -3 2 0 0 0 0
1987-1988 Chicago Blackhawks NHLMGNT
1988-1989 Saginaw Hawks IHL
1989-1990 Indianapolis Ice IHL
1990-1992 Chicago Blackhawks NHLMGNT
1992-1995 Chicago Blackhawks NHLMGNT
1995-1997 Chicago Blackhawks NHLMGNT
1997-2000 San Jose Sharks NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 406 161 118 279 288 51 24 19 43 26


Brother of Brian, Duane, Brent, Rich and Ron - AJHL First All-Star Team (1977)
AJHL MVP (1977)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1980)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1980)
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