Brandon Sutter

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Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter 10-2015.jpg
Sutter with the Canucks in 2015
Born (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 30)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2007
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2008present

Brandon Sutter (born February 14, 1989) is an American born Canadian professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Playing career


Sutter played major junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) under head coach and father Brent Sutter. During the 2006–07 season, he was selected to represent the WHL at the annual ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Additionally, Sutter was selected to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game in January. In the off-season, Sutter was drafted 11th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


Carolina Hurricanes

Sutter (centre foreground) taking a face-off against Dave Steckel, December 2009 Steckel and Sutter face off (4375663153).jpg
Sutter (centre foreground) taking a face-off against Dave Steckel, December 2009

After a brief stint with Carolina's then-American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Albany River Rats, at the end of his 2007–08 WHL season, Sutter debuted in the NHL with the Hurricanes in 2008–09. He scored his first NHL goal on October 23, 2008, against Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The next game, on October 25, Sutter suffered a concussion after a collision with Doug Weight of the New York Islanders. Sutter had his head down as he was leaning forward for a loose puck in the neutral zone when Weight caught him with his shoulder. Although the hit was ruled as legal and Weight was not assessed any penalty, it re-sparked the debate in the NHL on head shots. [1] Sutter returned to the line-up after missing eight games. [2]

On July 12, 2011, Sutter signed a three-year, $6.2 million contract extension with Carolina. [3]

Pittsburgh Penguins

On June 22, 2012, Sutter was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins (along with Brian Dumoulin and Carolina's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot) in exchange for Jordan Staal. [4]

On March 12, 2013, in a game against the Boston Bruins, he scored two goals 3:24 apart in the third period that led to a 3–2 comeback victory for Pittsburgh. [5]

Sutter practicing with the Penguins, January 2013 Brandon Sutter 2013-01-18 1.JPG
Sutter practicing with the Penguins, January 2013

On August 5, 2014, the Penguins announced they had re-signed Sutter to a two-year, $6.6 million contract extension. [6]

Vancouver Canucks

On July 28, 2015, Sutter was traded (along with a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft) to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a second-round pick in 2016. [7] On August 4, 2015, the Canucks announced they had signed Sutter to a five-year, $21.875 million contract extension. [8] Sutter played 16 games in the 2015–16 season before it was revealed he required sports hernia surgery. [9] He missed 33 games before returning to the Canucks lineup on January 26, 2016. However, on February 9, his fourth game back since the surgery, he suffered a broken jaw in a game against the Colorado Avalanche that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. [10] Sutter scored 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 20 games for the Canucks in an injury-plagued 2015–16 season.

In August 2016, the Canucks announced Sutter had switched from number 21 to 20 to let new Canucks acquisition Loui Eriksson wear number 21. [11] On January 4, 2017, Sutter was awarded his second career penalty shot, converting against Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes. [12] [13]

On November 24, 2017, Sutter suffered a groin injury in a 3–2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. [14] After missing 21 games, Sutter returned to the lineup on January 14, 2018, scoring the overtime-winning goal in a 3–2 win over the Minnesota Wild. [15]

On October 29, 2018, Sutter suffered a separated shoulder in a game against the Minnesota Wild. He was expected to miss four-to-six weeks. [16]

International play

Brandon Sutter (Super Series).jpg
Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Czech Republic

Sutter, who has dual citizenship of both the United States and Canada, elected to play for Canada in international competition. Sutter represented Canada extensively during his junior career at the under-18 and under-20 levels. He competed in two IIHF World U18 Championships in 2006 and 2007, losing the bronze medal game in both tournaments.

Shortly after being drafted into the NHL in the summer of 2007, Sutter was chosen to represent Canada at the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game showdown between Canada and Russia's under-20 teams, where father Brent Sutter was head coach. Playing Game 7 in his hometown of Red Deer, Alberta, he scored a goal and was named player of the game. Coincidentally, the match also marked the last junior game Brent coached in Red Deer, where he had previously just completed a seven-year coaching career with the Red Deer Rebels. [17] Sutter made his second under-20 appearance for Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, where he helped Canada win gold, overcoming Sweden 3–2 in overtime.


Sutter is part of the venerable Sutter hockey family. He is the son of Brent Sutter, who coached him in junior with the Red Deer Rebels and Team Canada at the 2007 Super Series; Brent is a former head coach of the Calgary Flames. He has an older brother, Merrick who currently serves as the Rebels Senior Vice President and a younger sister, Brooke. [18]

His cousin Brett was a teammate of his with the Rebels who was drafted two years ahead of him by the Calgary Flames, was the captain of the Charlotte Checkers—the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate—and currently plays in the Los Angeles Kings organization. Another cousin, Brody, played for the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes and was drafted 193rd overall by Carolina in the 2011 draft. Brody currently plays with Vaasan Sport of the Finnish Liiga.

As a result of his father's career, Brandon grew up in Huntington, New York, and Chicago, Illinois, before his family settled in Red Deer, Alberta, following Brent's purchase of the Red Deer Rebels organization.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 7022871452
2005–06 Red Deer RebelsWHL6822244636
2006–07 Red Deer RebelsWHL7120375754703314
2007–08 Red Deer RebelsWHL5926234938
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 7112270224
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 5015616
2008–09 Albany River RatsAHL22481216
2009–10 Carolina HurricanesNHL722119402
2010–11 Carolina HurricanesNHL8214152925
2011–12 Carolina HurricanesNHL8217153221
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL48118194152130
2013–14 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL8113132612135272
2014–15 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL802112331451122
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL205492
2016–17 Vancouver CanucksNHL8117173412
2017–18 Vancouver CanucksNHL611115268
2018–19 Vancouver CanucksNHL264266
NHL totals6831351252601223384124


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2006 Canada Pacific WHC17 4th64260
2006 Canada WJC18 4th72022
2007 CanadaWJC184th61122
2008 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg70112
Junior totals1103320

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Johnson
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Zach Boychuk