Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1981-82 New York Islanders Duane 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

With the path to the NHL now having been established by brother Brian, Duane Sutter also travelled from Red Deer to Lethbridge on his way to the NHL following his selection by New York Islanders 17th overall in the 1979 NHL Draft.

Sutter's arrival on Long Island on November 30th, 1979 corresponded to the rise of the Islanders dynasty, as they would win the Stanley Cup in each of Duane's first four seasons, highlighted by his 21 points in 20 playoff games in 1983.

Duane Sutter Stanley Cup, Duane Sutter Stanley Cup
Duane hoisting one of his four Stanley Cups

After eight seasons with the Islanders, Duane was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he would play three more seasons to close out a career which totaled 731 games, 139 goals and 342 points.

Following his playing career, Duane would also become a head coach for a time following in the footsteps of his brother Brian once again, spending parts of two seasons behind the bench of the Florida Panthers.

Duane Sutter, Duane Sutter
Duane Sutter

Today's featured jersey is a 1981-82 New York Islanders Duane Sutter jersey as worn after brother Brent joined the Islanders, necessitating the use of his first initial "D" on the back. The Islanders would go on to win their third of four straight Stanley Cups this season.

This style was first worn in 1978-79 when the orange stripe moved to the bottom of the jersey and the sleeves gained white stripes to go with the orange ones, making the arms and waist now match. This style was worn through the Islanders dynasty and beyond until being replaced by the unloved Fisherman style.

New York Islanders 81-82 jersey, New York Islanders 81-82 jersey

photo courtesy of Classic Auctions

Today's video segment is Duane flattening Dave Hannan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Next, Duane doesn't take grief from anyone, fans included!

Finally, Duane and the Islanders win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup in 1983.

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