A few days after their annual charity golf tournament, the entire Sutter family will be honored by being inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Sutter story began on a farm near Viking, where Louis and Grace Sutter raised 7 boys, 6 of which went on to NHL careers, and four of them eventually went on to be coaches and general managers at various levels in the hockey world.
Second oldest, former NHLer, and Coach of the Innisfail Eagles in the Chinnok Seniors Mens Hockey League Brian Sutter, says he's been blessed with an incredible family who've remained close throughout the years.
“It’s pretty special, I think it’s really neat. You know people say hockey is this and that, but I got a special group of brothers, and there not just brothers they are good friends and good people. Dad won’t be there, but mom will be, and dad will be looking down on us and smiling, well pretending to smile. It’s special.”
The head of the Sutter clan Louis, passed away back in 2005 after a lengthy illness.
Brian still remembers some inspiring words his father once told him, which he has carried with him throughout his life.
“Dad told me something when I was a little boy, he said, ‘Hockey is just a game but it’s a part of your soul’…I’ve never forgotten that. He said if you can’t work hard, the best players play for about 18-20 minutes a night, and he says there’s something damn wrong with you if you can’t play your heart out for 18 or 20 minutes and respect the people who come and watch ya, and your teammates, so I’ve always did that.”
The Sutter family will be inducted into the AHHF in a ceremony on Sunday, at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.