WHL Alumni Profile
Created: Oct 25, 2007
Brett Sutter has begun a new chapter in his hockey career.
After four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Kootenay Ice and, most recently, the Red Deer Rebels, Sutter has moved on to the professional ranks as a rookie, and one of 11 WHL graduates, with the American Hockey League’s Quad City Flames.
Drafted 179th overall by the Calgary Flames at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Sutter scored 28 goals and 57 points for the Rebels last season as a 19-year-old veteran. Although he was eligible to return to the Rebels for his overage season, a strong showing at the Calgary Flames’ training camp in September 2007 enabled him to stick around the NHL club until the last round of cuts prior to the start of the season.
Sent to Moline, IL, where the Flames’ AHL affiliate recently relocated after spending the last two seasons in Omaha, Sutter impressed with his strong work ethic and solid two-way effort and earned a spot on Quad City’s opening night line-up.
The son of Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter, Brett possesses many of the strong qualities his father and uncles displayed during their NHL careers that will, one day, hopefully propel him to an NHL career of his own.
Brett Sutter’s Perspective
On the start to his AHL career with the Quad City Flames...
“It’s been good. There has been a bit of an adjustment in taking this step up. Guys here are a lot bigger and faster, and guys are a lot smarter and know what they have to do. So far, I think it’s gone well, though.”
On his transition from the WHL to the AHL...
“Decision-making has been a big thing. When you get the puck, you really have to know what you’re going to do with it before you get it. Guys are coming at you much faster, and you don’t have nearly as much time with the puck. It’s not only been the physical speed of the game that’s different, but the speed at which you have to think the game.”
On his experience at NHL camp in Calgary...
“It was such a great experience. You learn a lot in a short period of time just being around (NHL) players. Just seeing how hard they work, and the way they carry themselves on the ice and in the locker room is eye-opening. Getting some exhibition games in (the NHL) helped me make an easier adjustment when I came to the Quad City team.”
On his WHL alumni team mates...
“There are a lot of us here. It’s great that you all have something in common, and that we can all get along well, and that we’re all working together. Some familiar faces here at the rink have made it a lot of fun.”