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Andy Sutton
Born March 10, 1975 (1975-03-10) (age 35),

London, Ontario, CAN[1][2]

Height

Weight

6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Left

Andrew Cameron Sutton (born March 10, 1975)[1][2] is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks. He has previously played with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators.


Playing careerEdit

Sutton was born in London, Ontario and moved with his family to Kingston, Ontario at age 14.[2] Sutton played Junior "B" hockey in Gananoque, Ontario at age 16, later playing in the Metro Toronto Junior Hockey League for St. Mike's B's[1]. His play with St. Mike's earned him a scholarship to play collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech in the WCHA. Sutton played four seasons with Michigan Tech, where he switched from left wing to defence.[2]

Six weeks before he was to finish his degree in environmental engineering, Sutton was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks on March 20, 1998.[2] Sutton made his NHL debut with the Sharks in the 1998–99 season and played in 71 games in his two seasons with San Jose before moving to the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.

Sutton played parts of two seasons with the Wild before he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Hnat Domenichelli on January 22, 2002. Sutton played over four and a half years with the Thrashers, appearing in 273 games and established himself as an imposing physical defender at the NHL level. In the 2005–06 season, Sutton registered a career high 8 goals and 25 points.

Sutton became an unrestricted free agent after the 2006-07 season and signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders on August 10, 2007[3]. In the 2008–09 season, his second year with the Islanders, Sutton played in only 23 games before a broken foot sidelined him for the remainder of the season[4].

Sutton returned for the 2009–10 season, scoring 4 goals in 54 games with the Islanders before being traded to the Ottawa Senators for a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on March 2, 2010. TV commentator Don Cherry called it the "biggest" trade of the year in reference to Sutton's size and physical play[5][6].

On August 2, 2010, Sutton signed as a free agent to a two-year, $4.25 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[7]

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • 1997–98 WCHA Second All-Star Team

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Michigan Tech NCAA 19 2 1 3 42
1995–96 Michigan Tech NCAA 32 2 2 4 38
1996–97 Michigan Tech NCAA 32 2 7 9 73
1997–98 Michigan Tech NCAA 38 16 24 40 97
1997–98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 7 0 0 0 33
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 0 3 3 65
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 21 5 10 15 53 5 0 0 0 23
1999–00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 40 1 1 2 80
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 69 3 4 7 131
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 19 2 4 6 35
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 24 0 4 4 46
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 53 3 18 21 114
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 65 8 13 21 94
2004–05 ZSC Zurich Lions NLA 8 2 2 4 32 1 0 1 1 2
2004–05 GCK Lions NLB 18 8 18 26 58
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 8 17 25 144
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 55 2 14 16 76 4 0 0 0 10
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 58 1 7 8 86
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 23 2 8 10 40
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 54 4 8 12 73
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 1 0 1 34 6 0 0 0 8
NHL totals 585 35 101 136 1018 10 0 0 0 18

TransactionsEdit

  • March 20, 1998 - Signed as a free agent by San Jose Sharks.
  • June 12, 2000 - Traded to Minnesota by San Jose with San Jose's 7th-round choice (Peter Bartos) in 2000 Entry Draft and San Jose's 3rd round choice in 2001 Entry Draft for Minnesota's 8th-round choice in 2001 Entry Draft and future considerations.
  • January 22, 2002 - Traded to Atlanta Thrashers by Minnesota for Hnat Domenichelli.
  • September 24, 2004 - Signed as a free agent by GCK Zurich (Swiss-2).
  • February 22, 2005 - Loaned to ZSC Zurich (Swiss) by GCK Zurich (Swiss-2).
  • August 10, 2007 - Signed as a free agent by New York Islanders.
  • March 2, 2010 - Traded to Ottawa Senators by Islanders for a second round draft choice in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
  • August 2, 2010 - Signed as a free agent by Anaheim Ducks.

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