Washington, D.C. – July 17, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Brian Sutherby, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sutherby, 24, enjoyed the best season of his career last year with 14 goals, two of which were shorthanded tallies, and 16 assists for 30 points in 76 games. His 14 goals were seventh most on the team and more than triple his career total entering the season (four in 109 games). Sutherby has been with the Capitals his entire professional career, playing 185 games and recording 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points and accumulating 196 penalty minutes.
A 6’3”, 205-pound native of Edmonton, Sutherby was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 26th overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft. He played four seasons for Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League (WHL), 1998-99 through 2001-02, recording 79 goals and 99 assists for 178 points in 208 games. Sutherby also spent part of three seasons with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 64 games.
Sutherby helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. He tied for fourth on the team in points (six) with three goals and three assists in seven games.
Brian Sutherby Position: Center Birthday: March 1, 1982 (Edmonton, Alberta) Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 Shoots: Left Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, 26th overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft