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Flames organization standing behind Brett Sutter after arrest

If you missed out last night, Flames forward Brett Sutter had himself a bad night in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sutter was arrested for third-degree assault and later released on bond. Sutter, who is related to both head coach Brent Sutter and GM Darryl Sutter, is a reserve forward in Calgary and as you’d expect, he’s got the full support of the team and organization while dealing with this rather embarrassing situation. Assistant GM Jay Feaster spoke up about what’s going on with the situation.

“We have been informed that . . . the victim is going to follow through and press charges,” said Feaster, a lawyer by training. “So (Sutter) has been charged with assault-touched to injure. It’s a third-degree misdemeanor in Arizona. The next thing that’ll happen from a legal perspective is that a plea will have to be entered at a hearing on Nov. 30 in Scottsdale. Brett won’t have to be there in person. He can have legal counsel enter a plea for him.

“From an organization perspective, our first reaction is that this is highly out of — totally out of — character for this player. That’s not who or what Brett is. Obviously, it’s unfortunate we’re in this situation and it’s unfortunate for Brett. But, again, it doesn’t reflect Brett. It doesn’t reflect the kind of person that he’s been in this organization. So we are going to do everything we can to support him . . . and help him as he goes through this process.”

Sutter’s situation has a couple of parallels that both don’t bode well for him. Getting arrested in Arizona makes us think of the mess that Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin found himself in after being arrested for and convicted of extreme DUI. The person Sutter allegedly assaulted is a taxi cab driver which brings us to the 20 cent man himself, Patrick Kane, who was booked for assaulting a Buffalo cab driver in a dispute over change. What in the world do cab drivers do to hockey players that make them go off? This has to be a “cats and dogs” sort of thing.

Obviously we’ll find out eventually how this situation gets taken care of, but with the cab driver pressing charges, this is just the beginning for Brett Sutter. At the very least, he should be happy that it’s not a felony charge. Of course, avoiding situations like this would go a long way to staying out of trouble too.

Brett Sutter charged with assault after alleged bar fight

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It’s been a tough couple years for the Sutter family in Calgary, but this off-ice incident is more embarrassing than any tough night on the scoreboard.

According to various sources including the Calgary Herald, Flames center Brett Sutter was arrested at 2 a.m. last night outside the Scottsdale, Arizona bar called American Junkie. He was arrested and charged with assault after an alleged bar fight.

According to an arrest report from the Scottsdale police, Sutter, 23, was booked and charged with assault after being arrested at 2 a.m. Thursday outside the bar American Junkie.

He was released on bond an hour after being booked.

Police allege Sutter punched a patron outside the bar.

The Flames released a statement saying that they are aware of the incident and then uttered a standard no comment message regarding any details on the matter. We will keep you updated if any more information is released or if the team/league decides to take any disciplinary action against Sutter.

(Mug shot via the Calgary Herald/Scottsdale police.)