Born February 14, 1989 (age 22) in Huntington, New York, USA
Center and alternate captain for the Carolina Hurricanes
Just who is Brandon Sutter? Well, he’s a Valentine’s baby (aww!) who comes from a very big hockey family – dad Brent is the coach of the Calgary Flames, many of his uncles played in the NHL, and the family owns the Red Deer Rebels hockey team. That’s where he got his start, playing there for four years with his dad as coach. During his time with the Rebels, he also played for Team Canada in the U-18 and U-20 divisions, winning gold at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. He was picked 11th overall in the NHL draft class of 2007, being taken by the Carolina Hurricanes.
After his final year with the Rebels in the 2007-08 season, Brandon played briefly with the Albany River Rats, the Canes’ AHL team. He made his NHL debut with the Canes for the 2008-09 season, and he got his first goal that October against Marc-Andre Fleury. But then in the next game, he was caught in the head by the shoulder of the New York Islanders’ Doug Weight and suffered a concussion. He came back after eight games but spent some time in Albany as well. Two more seasons gave him some good points, and this season looks promising with 11 points so far. Brandon certainly is making the family proud!