Thursday, January 3, 2013

1979-80 Chicago Blackhawks Darryl Sutter Jersey

Today we continue our look at the six Sutter brothers to have played in the NHL.

The Sutter Family, The Sutter Family
The Sutter brothers on the family farm with the Stanley Cup, with the three cup winners Duane, Brent and Darryl above

Darryl Sutter would make it three Sutters in the NHL with his debut two weeks after Duane, when he overcame his 11th round, 179th overall selection by the Black Hawks in the 1978 draft. Darryl would spend his entire career with Chicago, playing eight seasons in all, including being named the team captain in 1982 through the end of his career in 1987.

Darryl would complete his career with 406 games played, 161 goals and 279 points.

Darryl Sutter, Darryl Sutter
Darryl Sutter

He too, would go into coaching, returning to Chicago for the 1992-93 season. He would also coach the San Jose Sharks six seasons after three in Chicago, three more with the Calgary Flames, including a trip to the finals in 2004, and, after five years away from begin a head coach while serving as the Flames General Manager, he took over halfway through the 2011-12 season for the Los Angeles Kings, which ended with Darryl guiding the Kings to the Stanley Cup.

Darryl Sutter Stanley Cup, Darryl Sutter Stanley Cup
Coach Sutter lifts the Stanley Cup

Today's featured jersey is a 1979-80 Chicago Blackhawks Darryl Sutter jersey as worn during the early portion of his career prior to being named captain of the Blackhawks in 1982. This now iconic style was first introduced in 1955 and remains essentially unchanged since, often finishing on top of "Best Jersey" lists.

Chicago Black Hawks 79-80 jersey, Chicago Black Hawks 79-80 jersey
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions

Today we begin the four part series, "The Boys Who Loved Hockey" about the Sutter brothers.

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