Q. It could be a nightmare. How would you like to broadcast one of these games? There arc all kinds of possibilities.
A. Sutter sends Sutter out to replace Sutter to try to stop Sutter. What will Sutter do? Will he leave Sutter on the ice or make his own change? Sutter was doing all right against Sutter, but now he has to play against Sutter. Make sense of all that, fill out the coupon on the back of a match-book and you could have a career in broadcasting. How about the three stars at the end of a game? First star, Sutter. Second star, Sutter. Third star, Sutter. Actually, none of the stars in this game were named Sutter. The Sutters were all pretty quiet. Brent had the Sutters' only point, an assist in the third period. The Blackhawks laid a pretty good whipping on the Blues. Sutter was sort of upset after the game. Brian Sutter. He didn't like the way his team played.
Q. Was there any chance for a family gathering afterward?
A. Rich and Ron were going out with Brent and his wife, but that was about it. This wasn't an occasion for celebration. No other family members appeared. The parents of all these Sutters, Louie and Grace, were back home in Viking, probably watching on television. The Blackhawks had played in Toronto on Saturday night. The Blues had played the Minnesota North Stars in St. Louis. This was one of those regular-season slam dances, two teams meeting for a night and then heading off in separate directions.
Q. But it was a record?
A. For sure. Most Sutters Involved, One Game: Six.
Q: A record that will stand forever?
A. Hard to say.
Q. Hard to say?
A. Brian is only 35 and a head coach. Darryl, 33, and Duane, 31, look as if they're going to stay in the game in some capacity. Brent is 29. The twins are 27. These are young men, all of them married, and among them they already have 10 children. You look at their future and you realize that expansion is continuing in the league and...hard to say. Stocking at least one franchise would not seem out of the question. Maybe two.