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Devils to introduce Sutter today

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7/13/2007 10:58:55 AM

One day after stepping down as coach, and general manager of the Red Deer Rebels, Brent Sutter will take the head coaching job with the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils have called a 1pm et. news conference where the team will make the announcement official.

Sutter led the Rebels to a Memorial Cup championship in 2001 and WHL Eastern Conference titles from 2001-03. He also guided Canada to World Juniors gold in 2005 and 2006.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello fired coach Claude Julien late in the 2006-07 regular season. Lamoriello took over and finished out the playoffs as head coach but made it clear he would be hiring a new bench boss to start this season.

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New Jersey Devils officially hire Brent Sutter as new head coach

Brent Sutter was hired as the coach of the New Jersey Devils on Friday, taking over one of the NHL's least secure jobs.

The 45-year-old Sutter will be the Devils' 14th coach in 26 seasons in New Jersey, and he will try next season to become the first to finish a season since Pat Burns in 2003-04. Days after the season ended, cancer forced Burns to step down.

After the 2004-05 lockout season, Larry Robinson lasted half a season before resigning and being replaced by Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.

Claude Julien got the job last summer and had the Devils in first place with three games left in the regular season when Lamoriello fired him because he didn't like the way the team was playing.

A two-time Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders in the 1980s and one of six brothers to play in the NHL, Sutter has never coached an NHL team. A strong disciplinarian, he has had success behind the bench.

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