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Brent Sutter again coaching Red Deer

by Adam Kimelman

Former NHL coach Brent Sutter has taken over as interim coach of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

Sutter, who already serves as owner, president and general manager of the Rebels, added another line to his resume when he fired Jesse Wallin on Wednesday.

Sutter left the Calgary Flames in April after guiding them to a ninth-place finish in the Western Conference last season. He missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all three seasons with the Flames. Prior to joining the Flames in 2009, he guided the New Jersey Devils into the playoffs in both of his seasons, but his teams lost in the first round each time.

Prior to coaching in the NHL, Sutter was a highly accomplished junior coach, leading the Rebels to the 2001 Memorial Cup and coaching Canada to gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sutter resigned from the Rebels in 2007 to coach the Devils, and he returned to the club in August.

Wallin, who played for Red Deer from 1994-98, returned to the franchise as an assistant coach under Sutter in 2005 and replaced him when he left for the NHL.

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