Celebrate some of Alberta’s Hockey greats at the 2017 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Sunday, July 23 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.
Five outstanding individuals, and perhaps one of the most celebrated families in all of hockey comprise the 2017 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).
Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced the 2017 inductees who will be recognized at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore: 2017 Inductees Mel Davidson, Bill Hay, Tony Kollman, Perry Pearn, Glen Sather and the Sutter Family will be honored in an evening of great food, conversation and some hockey style entertainment.
With 18 games remaining in the 1976-77 World Hockey Association schedule, Glen Sather assumed the dual role of player-coach with the Edmonton Oilers – a rather unheralded start to one of the most successful careers as a head coach, general manager and president in the National Hockey League. To date, Glen has been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame (1997), the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (1996), and the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame (2010), and lifted to the “Banners of Greatness” with the Oilers (2015).
The High River native, who grew up in Wainwright, retired as a player at the end of the 76-77 season, concluding a 15-year career that included:
But it was over the next four decades that Glen established an almost unparalleled level of success with the Edmonton Oilers, and with teams representing Canada in international competitions.
The list of accomplishments with the Oilers is particularly impressive, as the team emerged as the highest scoring offensive squad in history. Glen served as Head Coach, General Manager and President between 1976 and 2000, when he left the Oilers to join the New York Rangers. Highlights with the Oilers include:
Along with his successes in Edmonton, Glen was behind Team Canada’s bench for the 1984 Canada Cup championship; was part of the management team for Team Canada at the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups; 1994 IIHF World Championship (gold medal); and 1996 World Cup (finalist); and the NHL for the 1987 Rendezvous series with Soviet all-stars. He was also involved with Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Since 2000, Glen has been at the helm of the New York Rangers, serving as President, General Manager (until 2015), and two stints behind the bench (33 wins), which took his overall wins to 497 (19th all time).
Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Gary, Rich, Ron, Grace and Louis.
For any hockey fan in central Alberta, and especially in their hometown of Viking, the last name isn’t necessary. They are, simply, the best known, most recognizable and most famous hockey family in the world.
And for residents of central Alberta, the Sutter Fund has played a significant role in providing financial support to youth athletic associations and other groups. The Sutter Fund was created in 1996, and funds are raised through the annual Sutter Fund golf tournament.
Six brothers played in the National Hockey League. Four of them went on to become coaches and/or general managers. They all got their start in minor hockey in Viking, and continued on to play junior hockey in Red Deer. Gary, reportedly the best hockey player of the family, ended his hockey career after playing junior to work on the family farm.
Their NHL statistics are amazing:
Looking at the individual careers of each brother tells the tale of the immense impact of the Sutter family on hockey across North America:
Brent: played 18 NHL seasons, Islanders (1980-91) and Chicago (1991-98); coached Team Canada to back-to-back World Junior Hockey Championship gold medals (2005, 2006) with an unbeaten record both years; Head Coach and GM of the Red Deer Rebels (1999-2007), including a Memorial Cup title in 2001; Head Coach of New Jersey Devils (2007-09) and Calgary (2009-12); returned to the Rebels in 2012, and continues as coach and GM.
Brian: played 12 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues (1976-88); Head Coach St. Louis (1988-92), Boston Bruins (1992-95), Calgary Flames (1997-2000) and Chicago Blackhawks (2001-04); Jack Adams Award recipient as NHL Coach of the Year (1990-91); Director of Pro Personnel with Calgary; coached Bentley Generals to the 2006-07 Allan Cup title; St. Louis retired his number 11 in 1998.
Darryl: played eight seasons in the NHL, all for the Chicago (1979-87); NHL coaching career includes Los Angeles (2011-2017) including Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014, Calgary (2002-06), San Jose Sharks (1997-2003), and Chicago (1992-95), and an International Hockey League Turner Cup title with Indianapolis (1990); General Manager Calgary (2003-10), which included hiring brother Brent as Head Coach in 2009.
Duane: played 11 years in the NHL, with New York Islanders (1979-87) and Chicago (1987-90); coached the Florida Panthers (2000-02); currently a scout with Edmonton Oilers.
Rich: 13 NHL seasons as a player with Pittsburgh Penguins (1982-84), Philadelphia Flyers (1983-86), Vancouver Canucks (1986-90), St. Louis (1990-93), Chicago (1993-95), and Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning (1994-95). Drafted 10th overall by Pittsburgh in 1982. Also part of the 1983 Lethbridge Broncos Western Hockey League championship squad.
Ron: 19 NHL seasons as a player with Philadelphia (1982-91), St. Louis (1991-94), Quebec Nordiques (1994), Islanders (1994-95), Boston (1995-96), San Jose (1996-2000), and Calgary (2000-01). Drafted 4th overall in 1982 by Philadelphia, just six spots ahead of Rich.
Grace Sutter, the boys’ mother still resides in the Viking area and is active in church and her family activities. The brothers’ father, Louis Sutter, died on February 10, 2005, at the age of 73, following a lengthy illness.
And the next generation of the Sutter family is already making its mark at various levels of hockey across the continent. Brandon, son of Brent, plays for the Vancouver Canucks. Brett, son of Darryl, is with the Minnesota Wild. Brody, son of Duane, is with the Carolina Hurricanes. Lukas, son of Rich, was drafted by the Islanders. Shaun, son of Brian, was drafted by the Calgary Flames and now works in hockey management. Merrick, son of Brent, works in hockey management with the Rebels.
We invite you to celebrate the legacy of these Alberta hockey legends on Sunday, July 23 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.
Cocktails begin at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 5:30. Dress code is semi-formal.