Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 69

At the start of the 2011-12 season however, Sutherland was dealt to the Calgary Hitmen – his third and final stop in the WHL. He was a lot more positive about that deal. “When I was told Calgary, that was an amazing opportunity – playing in the Saddledome and living in Calgary, which is a great city,” Sutherland said. “I wasn’t that disappointed, it basically all worked out after Lethbridge.” In 2011-12, Sutherland played 68 regularseason games and five playoff games with the Hitmen. However, even more important were the discussions he had with Bison men’s hockey coach Mike Sirant. “I had told Mike [Sirant] even before the playoffs started that I was going to come to the U of M,” Sutherland said. “He had offered me a pretty good scholarship, and after being far away from Brandon, I just wanted to be closer to home so it was really an easy decision.” Ever since stepping on the ice with The Herd for the first time in 2012-13, Sutherland, who is a rock solid 6-foot2, 210 pounds, has established himself as one of the hardest working players in the rink. Last year, he had his best offensive season with the Bisons scoring two goals and 16 points, good enough for a tie for fifth in the conference in scoring among defensemen. He was also plus five and played all 28 regular season Canada West games. Suffice to say, both Sutherland and the Bisons are happy that he’s back home. n NOVEMBER 2015 GAME ON 69