Brett Sutter was born on June 2, 1987 in Viking, Alberta. Sutter was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 6th round, 179th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is the son of Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the famous Sutter family to play in the NHL.
Sutter played four Western Hockey League (WHL) seasons with the Kootenay Ice and Red Deer Rebels between 2003 and 2007. During his time in Red Deer, he played with his cousin Brandon, and was coached by his uncle Brent Sutter.
Brett was one of the Flames' final cuts in 2008 and was assigned the club's AHL affiliate, though he would appear in four NHL during the 08-09 season.
Brett's selection by the Flames, 179th overall, was coincidentally the same spot at which his father was drafted. Darryl was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks, 179th overall, in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft.
On November 17, 2010 Sutter's time in Calgary would come to an end. He was traded by the Flames along with defenseman Ian White to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Tom Kostopolous and Anton Babchuk.