The most famous hockey family in Central Alberta is being recognized for their contributions to the sport in the province.
With a combined total of 4,994 regular season NHL games, eight Stanley Cups (six playing, two coaching) and a lifetime of getting seven hockey players to and from practices and games between them, the Sutter family of Viking, Alberta needs no introduction.
Gary, Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron Sutter and their parents, Grace and Louis, are set to be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHOF) during a special ceremony in Canmore this summer, Hockey Alberta announced last week.
Of the seven siblings, Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron all got their start playing minor hockey in Viking before joining the Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and later the Lethbridge Broncos of the WHL. They all went on to have long and successful careers in the National Hockey League and they all continue to be involved in the game in various forms to this day.