VANCOUVER -- Someone held up a sign in the stands: "Brent Sutter For Prime Minister."
Sorry. It looks like he's going to be busy working for Canada in another capacity for a while.
With Team Canada's 4-0 win over Finland here last night to advance to the gold medal game at the world junior, Sutter is going to be offered the job to do again next year.
"Definitely," said Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson last night.
"He hasn't lost a game yet!
"Definitely. You'd carve me if I didn't," he laughed.
"This is a Sutter team down to every little detail. This is a team. This isn't about two or three superstars. He needed everyone going to get to the gold-medal game and give Canada a very real chance to win it again, and that's what has happened here," said Nicholson.
"We knew if we played as a team we'd do the job," said Marc Staal after the win last night.
"All our guys kept our composure," said Andrew Cogliano of playing before 18,630 fans in G.M. Place who were getting very quiet with Canada leading only 1-0 going into the last minute of the second period.
"Coach Sutter really puts a lot of emphasis on keeping our composure."
BOUGHT INTO EVERYTHING
This team has bought into everything Sutter has been selling. And keeping your composure when the other goalie has made 66 straight shots, you're playing before 18,630 in an NHL building and the score of 0-0 is a test.
"You've just got to stay with it. You can't get away from the game plan," said Sutter.
"We stayed with it. Our power-play struggled and we took a couple more penalties than I'd have liked to see, but all our kids were very good keeping our composure today."
There was more involved here in beating Finland last night, more involved here than Canada getting to another gold-medal final.
This is a world junior taking it to another level. It needed the team to go with it.
This one produced a $10-million profit, not the $3.5 from the last one held in Canada three years ago in Halifax. This one set record ratings, the Canada-USA match hitting 1.4 million and out-drawing the combined Hockey Night In Canada double-header.
It's all resulted in a brand-new, big-money deal with TSN for the event, the IIHF World Championship and other properties for the next seven years - through to 2014 - announced on the network between the first and second periods last night.
Not only was this success spectacular for TV. It was big time, big money sponsors now get paid off big time by getting Canada to the gold game.
And of all world juniors on Canadian ice, maybe this was the one with Canada getting to the gold-medal game was most in doubt.
One more win and Sutter will have become the first Canadian coach to run the table twice, much less back-to-back - the first to ever win two world junior gold medals, period.
At 11-0 - 15-0 if you count pre-tournament games - Sutter is already the winningest coach in Canadian world junior history. How do you not invite him back to do this again and again if he gets it done again, especially with this team?
Here the other day Hockey Canada director of player personnel Blair Mackasey, said it: "To me, Brent is the best coach in junior hockey."
COACHED HIS BUTT OFF
Unquestionably Sutter coached his butt off to get this team, arguably the least talented to ever go for gold on Canadian ice at the world junior, to the gold medal game.
The team with, by far, the worst powerplay among the four medal-round teams, Canada didn't have a scorer in the top 17 in the tournament going into the medal round and got goals from somebody named Kris Russell, somebody else named Kris Letang last night.
But this isn't a story about goals for. It's about goals against. Canada has made it to the final giving up only six goals - only one of those on five-on-five situations.
"I've never questioned this team," said Sutter. "Whether we were underdogs or not is irrelevant. Some people questioned us. But I've never questioned this hockey team. This team works hard.
"They haven't questioned. They haven't wavered."