Duane Sutter

Duane Calvin Sutter (born March 16, 1960) is a Canadian former National Hockey League player and head coach. He is one of the famed six Sutter brothers to play in the NHL. On May 21 2019, the Edmonton Oilers relieved Duane from his head of pro scouting duties.

Duane Sutter
Born (1960-03-16) March 16, 1960
Viking, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for New York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1979
New York Islanders
Playing career 19791990

Playing career

Duane was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1979 in the first round (17th overall). During the following season he made his debut for the Islanders, and as a rookie was a key contributor to the Islanders first Stanley Cup championship. Duane Sutter, who was dubbed "Dog" by his teammates because he yapped and barked before and during games, also contributed to the ensuing 1981, 1982 and 1983 Stanley Cup championships. Playing in the corners of the rink, Duane Sutter was tough but skillful. Sutter had an underrated passing ability and scoring touch.

In the 1980–81 season he was joined by his younger brother, Brent, on the team and they played together until Duane was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1987.

After the 1983 Cup win, Duane had the distinction winning four Stanley Cup championships in his first four seasons of the NHL. He and Brent led all players with 7 and 5 points during the first three games of that series.

He played for the Blackhawks for three seasons, but after the 1989–90 season he retired.

During 1996–98 and 2000–03 he was a part of the coaching staff in the Florida Panthers (1996–98 and 2002–03 he was assistant coach and during 2000–02 he was head coach)

Duane recently made a guest appearance in the Canadian television series, Road Hockey Rumble playing himself. He is confronted by the two hosts of the show hoping to win him over as a fan.

Duane's son Brody, is a former forward for the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes, now playing with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77Red Deer RustlersAJHL609263576
1976–77Lethbridge BroncosWCHL10112801115
1977–78Red Deer RustlersAJHL594753100218
1977–78Lethbridge BroncosWCHL515619814510
1978–79Lethbridge BroncosWHL7150751252121911122342
1979–80Lethbridge BroncosWHL2118163474
1979–80New York IslandersNHL56159245521371074
1980–81New York IslandersNHL2371118261231410
1981–82New York IslandersNHL7718355310019551057
1982–83New York IslandersNHL75131932118209122143
1983–84New York IslandersNHL78172340942113448
1984–85New York IslandersNHL781724411741002247
1985–86New York IslandersNHL80203353157300016
1986–87New York IslandersNHL801417311691401126
1987–88Chicago BlackhawksNHL37791670500021
1988–89Chicago BlackhawksNHL7579162141631415
1989–90Chicago BlackhawksNHL72414181562011248
NHL totals 731 139 203 342 1333 161 26 32 58 405

Coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
FLA2000–01 46162064(66)3rd in SoutheastMissed playoffs
FLA2001–02 2661523(60)(fired)

See also

Preceded by
Steve Tambellini
New York Islanders first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Brent Sutter
Preceded by
Terry Murray
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
Succeeded by
Mike Keenan
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