Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Kings Darryl Sutter vs. Devils Peter Deboer

Darryl Sutter and Peter Deboer are both in search of their first Stanley Cup rings as the Los Angeles Kings battle the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

Darryl Sutter came close to a title in 2004 with the Calgary Flames, but lost in Game 7 of the finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This is Peter Deboer’s first time in the playoffs as an NHL head coach. He has had success at the junior level, winning two OHL Championships and a Memorial Cup as coach of the Kitchener Rangers.

The players will have the final say in what team wins the Stanley Cup, but coaching will be a factor. A Stanley Cup win would be a great result for either coach considering they’re both in their first seasons with their respective teams. 


Darryl Sutter

Darryl Sutter, now 53 years old, was born in Viking, Alberta and is part of a family that boasts numerous NHL players. Sutter was drafted 179th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1978 NHL draft. As a forward with the Blackhawks, Sutter registered 279 points in 406 regular season games and 43 points in 51 playoff games.

Sutter had previous success coaching both the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. Under Sutter, the Sharks made the playoffs in five straight seasons between 1998 and 2002. In Calgary, Sutter took the Flames to the Stanley Cup final in 2004 and led them to a division title in 2006.

Sutter took over for Andy Murray as the Kings’ head coach this past December. Sutter once again was teamed up with Dean Lombardi, his former boss in San Jose. Sutter took a struggling, underachieving team and guided them to a 25-13-11 record in 49 games.


Sutter is an intelligent, quiet individual who brings a tough, no nonsense style to coaching. He is a blue-collar guy who expects a blue-collar effort from all his players, including his stars. Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Dre...

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