Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 68

Brock In 2006, Sutherland drafted 104th overall by the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes and eventually made the team as a 17-year old. He played 14 games with the Hurricanes, before being traded on Halloween day of the 2008-09 season, to Kennewick, Washington’s Tri City Americans. For Sutherland, the trade came as a bit of a shock, especially for a young kind who was still trying to get his foot in the door in the WHL. “I remember at the time, I was really rattled about it,” Sutherland said. “It was tough to be traded that early and that young into your career.” Sutherland also admitted that at the time of the trade, he didn’t know all that much about Tri City -- only that they played in the US division, and were further away from home. Thankfully for Sutherland, everything worked out in his favour. In fact, there were 12 different players from Winnipeg on the Tri City roster that year, a group that Sutherland: A Road Well-Travelled University of Manitoba Bisons defenseman Brock Sutherland’s hockey career has taken him all over the map. But he’s finally back home, wearing the A and helping to lead head coach Mike Sirant’s young Bisons. By Mike Still Photos by Jeff Miller U niversity of Manitoba Bisons assistant captain Brock Sutherland grew up in Pilot Mound, a town of about 800 people located 60 miles West of Morden. For those unaware, it’s the home of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Black Jack Stewart. Sutherland started playing the game when he was only three years old, often against children fou