A front-office appointment will result in a change of address for Shaun Sutter.
Sutter has been promoted from senior scout to Red Deer Rebels assistant general manager/director of player personnel and will eventually move from Calgary to Red Deer.
“Being both a coach and GM is not an easy task as far as putting quality time into both positions,” Brent Sutter, who holds both titles, said Tuesday. “You have to surround yourself with good people to help you out and I just felt it was necessary to have someone like Shaun on both the management and player personnel sides and also have him here with the team.
“He’s a progressive thinker, a creative person, and he can help us. He’ll move here in the spring and I’ll have someone right here in the office like I used to have with Carter (former Rebels head scout Sears), someone I can sit down and have face-to-face meetings with and go through situations regarding players we’re looking at through the bantam draft and also within the league.”
Randy Peterson, who lives in Regina, will keep his role of Rebels director of scouting/player development and next season will become the club’s head scout.
“Randy will be more focused on the scouting side. Shaun will be working more with me and will also oversee the bantam draft,” said Brent Sutter. “He will continue to work closely with Randy, which he has done the last two years, but he will be more involved with the team while working with me directly.
“This is something I felt was necessary. It’s not easy dealing over the phone all the time and as a coach and GM you need someone else being hands-on on the hockey side of the business.”
Shaun Sutter was hired as the Rebels senior scout in 2011. He previously played four seasons in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Medicine Hat Tigers and Calgary Hitmen.
Sutter was a fourth-round selection of the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL entry draft and played eight seasons of professional hockey. After retiring as a player in 2009, he served as an assistant coach with the Regina Pats for two seasons.