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Young Sutter in old gear

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Brett Sutter truly was caught off guard by his summons to the Calgary Flames.

The proof was on his hands and feet.

When he took to the ice for last night's game against the Anaheim Ducks, Sutter was wearing skates and gloves he hadn't used since the 2007 WHL playoffs.

At that time, he played for the Red Deer Rebels.

Sutter's skates and gloves were lying around the house in Viking when he received the call to get to Calgary. His Quad City Flames equipment bag returned to Moline, Ill., so he had to suit up with new gear in Calgary.

"Yeah, none of my equipment made it," said Sutter, who scored a goal in last night's 4-3 Flames' win. "The new stuff's a little stiff, so I thought I'd throw something on I'd been wearing before. Hopefully, it's got a little magic left in it."

Sutter, who started last night's game on the third line at centre between Craig Conroy and David Moss, did have a scoring touch during his final junior games. With the Rebels, he tallied seven points in seven playoff games before his team was eliminated. He didn't head into last night's game thinking about offensive prowess.

"I won't try to do anything too fancy, play the game and get the nerves out early," he said.

He did expect to hear opposing players ask whether he's with the big club because his father, Darryl, is the GM.

"I'm used to hearing that kind of thing. I heard it all through junior hockey and in my first couple years of pro it happens once in a while.

"It's something that goes in one ear and out the other," he said. "There's nothing I can do about it, so I just play the game ... It can be a motivator. To prove those guys wrong."

Head coach Mike Keenan reiterated yesterday anyone with that opinion is off base.

"He's been around the Sutters long enough to know he's not going to get a freebie," Keenan said. "That would be reinforced not only by his father, but also his uncles and the fact he's been around our coaching staff a while.

"He's earned the opportunity and he feels comfortable in the position because he knows he's earned it."


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