Brian Sutter resigns as junior coach

 

Brian Sutter has stepped down as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels, a team owned by his brother Brent.<BR>

 
 
 
Brian Sutter has stepped down as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels, a team owned by his brother Brent.

The eldest brother of the famous hockey family led the Rebels to 18 wins, 47 losses, four overtime losses and three shootout losses in his first season behind the Rebels bench.

Brian Sutter took over from brother Brent, who left the Rebels to become the head coach of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils.

“This past week Brian and I had discussions about his personal commitments and the amount of time that needs to be put into the head coaching position for this upcoming season and for the future,” said Brent Sutter, who is still the Rebels’ team president.

“At the conclusion of those discussions, it was mutually agreed upon that he would resign as head coach for the proper direction of the hockey club.”

Brian Sutter, who played 12 seasons in the NHL, has 1,028 games on his NHL head coaching resume, with stints in St. Louis, Boston, Calgary and Chicago.

Former Rebels defenceman Jesse Wallin was named to replace Brian Sutter as head coach.

Wallin spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Brent Sutter, and was the team’s associate coach under Brian Sutter this season.

He becomes seventh head coach in club history.

“I’m very excited for Jesse to take over as head coach and continue moving forward in the direction that this hockey club needs to go in,” said Brent Sutter.

Wallin, a first-round draft pick, 26th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings, played six seasons of professional hockey, including 49 career games with the Wings.

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