Darryl Sutter

Darryl John Sutter (born August 19, 1958) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey coach and player. He was most recently head coach of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL),[1] with whom he won two Stanley Cup titles. He is one of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom made the NHL (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron); all but Rich and Gary (the seventh Sutter brother) worked alongside Darryl in some capacity during Darryl Sutter's tenure with the Calgary Flames. Sutter has also coached for the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks, the latter of which he spent his entire NHL playing career with, from 1979 to 1987.

Darryl Sutter
Born (1958-08-19) August 19, 1958
Viking, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New Brunswick Hawks
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 179th overall, 1978
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 19791987

Playing career

As a player, Sutter spent five years in the minor leagues, including a year in Japan, where he was named rookie of the year. He stands 5 foot 11 inches and his playing weight was 176 pounds. Sutter was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 1978 NHL Entry Draft in the 11th round, 179th overall. In his NHL career, he suited up only for the Blackhawks and scored 279 points (161 goals and 118 assists) in 406 career regular season games, in addition to 43 points (24 goals and 19 assists) in 51 Stanley Cup playoff games. His last season as a player was in 1986–87.

Coaching career

Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks

Sutter began his coaching career in the International Hockey League (IHL), where he coached the Saginaw Hawks and led the Indianapolis Ice to the Turner Cup as League champions.

He was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for three seasons and also served as Chicago's assistant coach in 1987–88 and as associate coach from 1990 to 1992. He led Chicago to a first-place finish in the Norris Division—and the best record in the Campbell Conference—in 1992–93 with a 47–25–12 record (106 points), only to be swept in the opening round by the St. Louis Blues, which featured his brother Rich on the team. In the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season, he led Chicago to the Western Conference Finals. Following the 1994–95 season, he stepped down as coach of the Blackhawks to return home to the family farm in Viking, Alberta. The decision was largely made out of necessity for him to be with his son, Christopher, who has Down syndrome.[2]

After a two-year hiatus from coaching, Sutter returned to the NHL in 1997–98 season as head coach of the San Jose Sharks, coaching the team until being relieved of his duties on December 1, 2002, just 24 games into the 2002–03 season.[3]

Calgary Flames

On December 28, 2002, four weeks after he was fired by San Jose, Sutter was named head coach of the Calgary Flames, replacing Greg Gilbert, who had been fired by Calgary on December 3.[4] In April 2003, with Calgary already out of contention of a 2003 playoff spot and then-General Manager Craig Button's contract expiring, the Flames added the title of GM to Sutter's job responsibilities.[5]

In the 2003–04 season, his first full season in Calgary, Sutter led the Flames to a 42–30–7–3 record and the organization's first trip to the playoffs in seven seasons. En route to the Stanley Cup Finals, where Calgary ultimately lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flames defeated three higher-ranked opponents in the Western Conference playoff bracket—the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. Sutter and the Flames were unable to build upon their surprise success, however, as the entire following season, 2004–05, was cancelled due to a lockout.

On July 12, 2006, Sutter stepped down as head coach of the Flames. He has said that he found it difficult to handle the jobs of both head coach and GM of the Flames. Sutter compiled a 107–73–26 record in two-plus seasons behind the Calgary bench. The Flames promoted Jim Playfair as Sutter's replacement, but after a first-round loss to Detroit in 2006–07, Sutter hired Mike Keenan as head coach, with Playfair stepping back into an associate coaching role. Keenan was then fired a month after the Flames were eliminated from the 2008–09 playoffs by Chicago. Brent Sutter, former coach of the New Jersey Devils, was selected as the new Flames coach in June 2009. On December 28, 2010, Sutter resigned as the general manager of the Flames.

Los Angeles Kings

On December 17, 2011, the Los Angeles Kings hired Sutter mid-season as the team's new head coach after the dismissal of Terry Murray.[6] Sutter's first game with the Kings was a December 22, 2011, shootout victory over the rival Anaheim Ducks. He led the Kings to a 25–13–11 mark in 49 games, finished third in the Pacific Division, and entered the 2012 playoffs as the eighth and last seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the team beat the first seed Vancouver Canucks, second seed St. Louis Blues and third seed Phoenix Coyotes to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, the only team to accomplish that feat in the 119-year history of the Finals. The Kings then went on to defeat New Jersey four games to two to give Los Angeles its first Stanley Cup championship in its 45-year history. The Kings set several records during the playoffs, including winning ten-straight games on the road and being the first team to go three games to zero in each of their playoff series.[7][8]

Sutter and the Kings later won another Stanley Cup in the 2013–14 season, playing 26 playoff games, the most ever for a Cup champion. The Kings also became only the fourth team in NHL history to come back from down three games to zero in a series after shocking the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Los Angeles then went on to defeat Anaheim and Chicago, both in seven-game series. On June 13, 2014, the Kings beat the New York Rangers in five games to win their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Despite posting a 40–27–15 record in the 2014–15 season, Sutter and the Kings missed the 2015 playoffs by four points, becoming the first team since the 2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes to miss the playoffs entirely after winning the Stanley Cup the previous year, and only the fourth in NHL history.

On April 10, 2017, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), owner of the Los Angeles Kings, relieved Sutter of his coaching duties after the Kings missed the playoffs for the second season in three years.[9]

On June 20, 2018, Darryl Sutter announced his retirement from coaching and returned to life as a full-time rancher.[10]

Personal life

Sutter and his wife Wanda have three children, Brett, Jessie and Christopher.[11] In addition to his NHL responsibilities, Sutter also owns and maintains a 3,000 acre farm in Viking, Alberta, raising beef cattle.[12][13] In February 1997, during his hiatus from coaching, Sutter fell from a height of 12 feet while doing repairs on the farm and suffered a skull fracture and a broken shoulder blade.[2]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75Red Deer RustlersAJHL6016203643
1975–76Red Deer RustlersAJHL60439313682
1976–77Red Deer RustlersAJHL565578133131
1976–77Lethbridge BroncosWCHL1101015371013
1977–78Lethbridge BroncosWCHL68334881119849132
1978–79Iwakura TomakomaiJPN20281341
1978–79New Brunswick HawksAHL197613651230
1978–79Flint GeneralsIHL10110
1979–80New Brunswick HawksAHL69353166691266128
1979–80Chicago Black HawksNHL8202273142
1980–81Chicago Black HawksNHL764022628633142
1981–82Chicago Black HawksNHL402312353130112
1982–83Chicago Black HawksNHL80313061531346108
1983–84Chicago Black HawksNHL592020404451120
1984–85Chicago Black HawksNHL4920183812151271912
1985–86Chicago Black HawksNHL501710274431230
1986–87Chicago BlackhawksNHL4486141620000
NHL totals 406 161 118 279 288 51 24 19 43 26

Head coaching record

NHL coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Tied OTL Points Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CHI 1992–93 84 47 25 12 106 1st in Norris 0 4 .000 Lost in Division Semifinal
CHI 1993–94 84 39 36 9 87 5th in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinal
CHI 1994–95 48 24 19 5 53 3rd in Central 9 7 .563 Lost in Conference Final
CHI Total 216 110 80 26 11 15 .423
SJ 1997–98 82 34 38 10 78 4th in Pacific 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinal
SJ 1998–99 82 31 33 18 80 4th in Pacific 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinal
SJ 1999–00 82 35 30 10 7 87 4th in Pacific 5 7 .417 Lost in Conference Semifinal
SJ 2000–01 82 40 27 12 3 95 2nd in Pacific 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinal
SJ 2001–02 82 44 27 8 3 99 1st in Pacific 7 5 .583 Lost in Conference Semifinal
SJ 2002–03 24 9 12 2 1 21 (fired)
SJ Total 434 193 167 60 14 18 24 .429
CGY 2002–03 46 19 18 8 1 47 5th in Northwest Did not qualify
CGY 2003–04 82 42 30 7 3 94 3rd in Northwest 15 11 .577 Lost in Stanley Cup Final
CGY 2005–06 82 46 25 11 103 1st in Northwest 3 4 .429 Lost in Conference Quarterfinal
CGY Total 210 107 73 15 15 18 15 .545
LA 2011–12 49 25 13 11 95 3rd in Pacific 16 4 .800 Won Stanley Cup
LA 2012–13 48 27 16 5 59 2nd in Pacific 9 9 .500 Lost in Conference Final
LA 2013–14 82 46 28 8 100 3rd in Pacific 16 10 .615 Won Stanley Cup
LA 2014–15 82 40 27 15 95 4th in Pacific Did not qualify
LA 2015–16 82 48 28 6 102 2nd in Pacific 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
LA 2016–17 82 39 35 8 86 5th in Pacific Did not qualify
LA Total 425 225 147 53 42 27 .609
TOTAL 1,285 635 467 101 82 89 81 .524

Minor league coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
SAG1988–89 824626101022nd in EastLost in first round
IND1989–90 82532181141st in WestWon Turner Cup

See also


  1. CP (December 20, 2011). "Kings name Darryl Sutter new head coach". TSN. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  2. "Around the NHL". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. March 12, 1997.
  3. Beacham, Greg (December 2, 2002). "Slumping Sharks Fire Sutter, Assistants". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 2, 2002.
  4. "Flames fire Coach Greg Gilbert". United Press International. UPI. December 3, 2002.
  5. Pike, Ryan (December 28, 2010). "Darryl Sutter hits the dusty trail". The Hockey Writers.
  6. LeBrun, Pierre (December 14, 2011). "Source: Kings eye Darryl Sutter". ESPN.com. ESPNLosAngeles.com.
  7. "LA Kings rock NJ Devils 6-1 in Game 6 at Staples Center to win franchise's first Stanley Cup". NY Daily News. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  8. NHL.com - Kings make history, poised to make more - Bracket Challenge - 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  9. LA Kings Fire Head Coach and GM. NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  10. http://www.nhl.com/news/darryl-sutter-retires-as-nhl-coach/c-299135284
  11. http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=76221
  12. http://lakingsinsider.com/2014/03/11/meanwhile-back-on-the-farm/
  13. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/22/sports/la-sp-sn-darryl-sutter-nhl-lockout-20120922
Preceded by
Terry Ruskowski
Chicago Black Hawks/Blackhawks captain
Bob Murray, 1985–86
Succeeded by
Denis Savard
Preceded by
Mike Keenan
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
Succeeded by
Craig Hartsburg
Preceded by
Al Sims
Head coach of the San Jose Sharks
Succeeded by
Cap Raeder
Preceded by
Al MacNeil
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Jim Playfair
Preceded by
Craig Button
General Manager of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Jay Feaster
Preceded by
John Stevens
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
Succeeded by
John Stevens
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