McLennan, Duane Sutter join Flames staff
algary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today Duane Sutter has been named Director of Player Personnel and Jamie McLennan has been named Pro Scout/Director of Goaltender Development.
“Moving forward, the work needed to build good hockey teams will require the efforts and experience of a strong group of individuals in the player personnel and development areas of the business,” said Sutter. “It was important to our organization to add the right people who have all the necessary experiences, qualities, know the league but most importantly understands the philosophy and the identity of the Calgary Flames.”
Duane joins the Flames following 11 seasons with the Florida Panthers. The previous five years he held the position of Director of Player Development but has also worked in other capacities with the Panthers including head coach, assistant coach and pro scout.
Duane played on four consecutive Stanley Cup winners with the New York Islanders during his 11-year playing career, spending eight seasons with the Islanders and three with the Chicago Blackhawks, before retiring after the 1989-90 campaign. Sutter appeared in 731 NHL games, recording 139 goals, 342 points and 1,333 penalty minutes.
After completing his playing career, he spent two seasons as a scout for the Blackhawks, before taking over as head coach of the team's IHL affiliate in Indianapolis for three years.
One of six brothers to have played in the NHL (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Rich and Ron) and one of three (Brian, Darryl) to become an NHL head coach, Sutter was a first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1979 (17th overall). A native of Viking, AB, Sutter and his wife, Cindy, have three children, daughters Darby and Kassie and son Brody. The Sutters make Calgary their year round home.
“Jamie and Duane bring an abundance of experience from several aspects of service in professional hockey,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “Duane has played, coached, scouted and managed. Jamie is a dynamic individual who knows the league and our organization. Individuals with this diversity are difficult to acquire and we are delighted to add them to our hockey group.”
McLennan finished his NHL career as a member of the Flames following the 2006-07 season. He played one more season of professional hockey split between the Russian League and the Asian League in 2007-08. In 254 NHL career games with the NY Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, NY Rangers, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames, McLennan posted an 80-109-33 record.
Originally drafted by the Islanders in the third round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, McLennan recorded a career 2.68 GAA.
As a member of the Blues during the 1997-98 season, he was the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game of hockey. The St. Albert, AB, native played four seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.