Darryl Sutter is in his fifth season as Head Coach and his fourth full season after being hired on December 20, 2011.
Sutter, the 24th head coach in Kings history, came to the Kings with a wealth of NHL experience. His teams overall have eclipsed the 40-win mark seven times, 100 points three times and his clubs have finished in first place three times. He opened this season ranked 15th all-time in career coaching wins (547) and 16th all-time in games coached (1,121). He is only three wins shy of moving into 14th place all-time in wins and 31 games short of placing 15th all-time in games coached. He is also only the fourth coach in NHL history to have 100-plus wins with four different teams.
Since joining the Kings he has helped guide the franchise to unprecedented on-ice success, including winning the franchise’s second Stanley Cup (2014) in just a three year span. In 2012, he helped lead the Kings to their first Stanley Cup championship, as the team went 16-4 in the postseason as the eighth seed, and also helped lead the team to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. Among Kings head coaches he has coached the fifth most games, has the fourth most wins and the third most points. His 41 postseason wins are more than any other Kings head coach has games behind the bench in the playoffs.
In 2011-12, the Kings regular season record was 25-13-11 with him behind the bench, and in 2012-13 the Kings again posted a winning mark (27-16-5) before winning two more playoff series (six playoff series victories in a row over the two years). In 2013-14, Los Angeles went 46-28-8, earning 100 points. The Kings then won three straight Game 7s to advance to the Stanley Cup Final where they beat the New York Rangers in five games. In 2014-15 the Kings again finished with 95 points or more for the fifth straight (full) season.
With the Kings, Sutter’s regular season mark is 138-84-39 and in the postseason it is 41-23. Sutter’s teams have qualified for the postseason in 13 of his 15 seasons. His 165 games coached in the playoffs ranks seventh all-time and his 88 wins ranks eighth.
Sutter was previously the General Manager of the Calgary Flames and he held that position from the 2003-04 season until he resigned on December 28, 2010. Sutter also served as Calgary’s Head Coach from 2002-06 (he held dual roles as Head Coach and General Manager from 2003-06). As Head Coach of the Flames for three seasons, Sutter compiled a 107-73-30 record in the regular season and an 18-15 record in the postseason. He led Calgary to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final and a first-place finish in the Northwest Division in 2006 when the Flames finished with a 46-25-11 record (103 points).
Sutter was the Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks for parts of six seasons (1997-98 through the start of the 2002-03 season), where he worked under Dean Lombardi, then the GM of the Sharks. Sutter was 192-167-75 in the regular season and he led San Jose to a first-place finish in the Pacific Division in 2002 (99 points).
Sutter was the Head Coach of the Blackhawks for three seasons (1992-95) and served as Chicago’s Assistant Coach in 1987-88 and as Associate Coach from 1990-92. As the Blackhawks Head Coach he compiled a 110-80-26 record in the regular season and he led Chicago to a first-place divisional finish – and the best record in the Campbell Conference – in 1992-93 with a 47-25-12 record. In the 1995 postseason he led Chicago to the Western Conference Finals.
As an NHL left wing, Sutter played in 406 career games (all with the Blackhawks), recording 279 points (161-118=279) and 288 penalty minutes. He scored 20-plus goals in five of his eight NHL seasons, including a career-high 40 goals in 1980-81. Sutter, who served as Chicago’s team captain from 1982-85 and again from 1986-87, also had 43 points (24-19=43) in 51 playoff games.
Darryl, 57 (8/19/58), is one of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom played in the NHL, from Viking, Alberta. He and his wife Wanda have three children: Jessie, Brett and Christopher.
As of August, 2015