When the Calgary Flames head coaching job became available, general manager Darryl Sutter looked no further than his little brother Brent, who had stepped down as coach of the New Jersey Devils on June 8.

Because Brent still had a year left on his contract with the Devils, the Calgary Flames had to get permission from New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello to even talk to him before yesterday’s hiring announcement.

“I called Lou and asked for permission to talk to him and that was June 12 and he gave me permission,” Darryl Sutter said.

Brent said it was a tough decision to leave the Devils organization and that he has the utmost respect for Lamoriello.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for him obviously not just as a hockey person, but as a human being,” said Brent, who explained to Lamoriello that he wanted to be closer to his family and his Alberta roots. “He’s like a father to me. He understood the situation.”

Now, Brent is looking forward to getting to work as head coach of the Calgary Flames.

“I want to get going here with getting to talk and communicate with the players,” he said. “Obviously the standards in this organization are high. I can speak on behalf of the whole coaching staff that we wouldn’t want it any other way. That’s our standards too and that’s standards of excellence and to win and to succeed.”

Brent's hiring brings the total number of Sutters in the Flames organization to five. Brother Duane is director of player personnel, brother Ron is a scout and Darryl’s son Brett played for the Flames farm team last season.

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