By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
Grantland’s Katie Baker put together a fun article about what hockey families would make great reality TV stars. The Sutters would certainly be near the top of that list. Here’s what she had to say about them…
You wouldn’t even need a premise for a show featuring the Sutters — you’d just need a camera, a warm jacket, and an ability to decipher farmboy mumbles. The six brothers (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich, and Ron) from Viking, Alberta, all played in the NHL in the ’70s and ’80s and have held various coaching and GM roles since. They’ve proven to be eminently watchable, in an understated and slow-moving way. It’s not unlike watching nature shows, actually.
In the amazing 90s-era documentary on the brothers, The Boys Who Loved Hockey, Darryl Sutter is at one point interviewed while leaning against a fence in front of a barn; years and years later, when he coached the L.A. Kings to the Stanley Cup last season, he did so as one of the more delightfully quotable characters associated with either team. (My favorite moment was his answer to a question about where he was when he got the phone call from the Kings, asking him to come take over the team: “I think I was in the barn … I wasn’t shoveling shit, I remember that, but I had that day.” A reporter followed up, asking him if he was literally in a barn. “Yeah. That’s what I said.”) I would watch a full Ken Burns miniseries on these people, for serious.
For serious indeed. We here in Los Angeles can’t get enough of Darryl’s Sutterisms.