Darryl Sutter was named head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 20, 2012. He replaced interim head coach John Stevens, who returned to his previous role of assistant coach.
Sutter spent 11 seasons as an NHL coach with Chicago, San Jose and most recently in Calgary. He also served as the general manager of the Flames until he resigned in Dec. 28, 2010. He is 409-320-101-30 in 860 games as an NHL coach and led the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, in which they lost to Tampa Bay in seven games.
As a player, Sutter spent five years in the minor leagues, including a year in Japan, where he was rookie of the year. He stands 5 foot 11 inches and his playing weight was 176 pounds. Sutter was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1978 in the 11th round as the 179th pick overall. In his NHL career as a player, he suited up only for the Blackhawks and scored 279 points (161+118) in 406 career regular season games, plus 43 points (24+19) in 51 playoffs games. He was a well-respected, hard working left winger but was never an All-Star and never won the Stanley Cup. His last season as a player was in 1986–87.
Sutter is the father of Carolina Hurricanes prospect Brett Sutter.