|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
A lot of things were riding against the Devils for the 07-08 season.
A new coach. Half the roster were new faces. A 9 game road trip to start off the season. Injuries to 2 key
players prior to the start of the season. Among other things.
Yet Sutter pulled everything together, had the team in first place in the CONFERENCE, not just the
division, for the first time in 7 years, and only fell short of winning the division during the last 2 weeks
of the season.
He had been known as a demanding, all-business coach on the junior and international level, and that
came to the forefront after a 5-0 loss to the Penguins in early November where the team just didn't show
up to play at all. After the game, he had everybody (except the goalies) ride on stationary bikes for an
hour, a page out of Herb Brooks' book there.
He wasn't bullshitting around, and at times, he even let the media know it, too. He hadn't been one to
sugarcoat anything when talking about his team to the press.
The 08-09 season had larger obstacles in front of the team to go over, but more of the same results...
better results, even: the first ever 50-win season in franchise history.
On the negative side, the playoffs were "more of the same," also. In both seasons, the Devils failed to get
out of the first round. Which causes his ability to motivate to stand out more. (If you're gonna correct me
and say "inability," be forewarned: that's exactly what I mean.)
That and homesickness was evident, more so at the end of the 08-09 season. He would resign as a
result... then took the open Calgary Flames coaching job two weeks later.
Whatever. It is what it is. You can call him a douchebag and every other name in the book if you want.
I'm choosing not to get pissy about it. Life's too short for it.
He went back to coaching the Red Deer Rebels in 2012.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Brent Colin Sutter
Born: 6.10.62 Viking, Alberta