Brent Sutter and family are a strength of the community

Re: “Rebels owner/GM head coach Brent Sutter responds to allegations, Nov. 28.

Brent Sutter and his family are a great asset to central Alberta. His critics (one vocal one that I know of) may put their own spin on their experience with the WHL and the Red Deer Rebels.

However, the rebuttal by Brent, as published, speaks to his philosophy and motivation: “to prepare these players for the life ahead of them.”

Several players have spoken in support of Brent and the Rebels management team.

Remember the contributions made by that team, not only providing high quality hockey, but also contributing to central Alberta charities, supporting education and scholarships for youth in our area, and providing role models as team representatives in our schools and communities.

It is no accident that Brent coached Canadian teams to success in international competitions. His methods have been proven successful, and that is the bottom line in sport.

It is notable that the Sutter family has been a major part of the only two special event parades held in Red Deer — first for the Rustlers, and later, the Rebels.

Remember these positives and rally behind the Sutters.

Jim MacSween, Sylvan Lake

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