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Sutter hires brother Brent as new coach of Flames

CALGARY Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter named his brother Brent as the team's head coach on Tuesday.

Brent, who left the New Jersey Devils earlier this month, takes over from Mike Keenan who was sacked in May after losing in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth successive season.

His appointment brings the number of Sutters working in the Flames organization to five but Darryl said Brent's last name had nothing to do with him landing the job.

"They (the new coaching staff) were the very best people available," Darryl told reporters.

"It didn't really matter what their last name was," he added while also referring to assistants Ryan McGill, Jamie McLennan and Dave Lowry.

A member of the hockey family that had six brothers playing in the National Hockey League, Brent coached the Devils for two seasons. He posted a 97-56-11 record, leading New Jersey to consecutive playoff spots and an Atlantic Division title.

During an 18-year playing career Brent recorded 363 goals, 829 points and 1,054 penalty minutes in 1,111 regular-season games and won two Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders.

He also spent seven seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, including three playing for his brother Darryl.

"We've been involved in this business long enough to know how it works," said Brent when asked if it was wise to mix family and business.

"Darryl is the general manager of the hockey team and I'm the head coach. That's the way it is. I played for Darryl when Darryl was the coach and that was our relationship then and it's no different now."


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