Cal Clutterbuck was born November 18, 1987 in Welland, Ontario. The third round, 72nd overall selection of the Minnesota Wild in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Clutterbuck honed his skills in the OHL with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and the Oshawa Generals.
A gritty forward, Clutterbuck spent three seasons of junior hockey in the "O" where he continually improved his offensive output. His final year in junior saw the Welland, Ontario native tally an impressive 89 points in only 65 games and clearly became one of the league's top prospects. Clutterbuck made the leap to the professional ranks of hockey in 2007-08, appearing in 73 games with the Houston Aeros he registered 24 points and was called-up for a pair of games with the Minnesota Wild.
In 2008-09, Clutterbuck would establish himself as one of the most difficult players to play against in the NHL. In just 78 games he had 356 hits, a new NHL record, shattering the old mark of 311 previously held by Dustin Brown.
At the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Clutterbuck was traded to the New York Islanders for Nino Niederreiter.