Sutter pleads guilty, fined

Staff and wire reportsJuly 12, 2011 

Forward Brett Sutter, traded to the Carolina Hurricanes last season from the Calgary Flames, pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct stemming from a November incident outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., nightspot.

Sutter, who played most of this past season for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League, appeared in Scottsdale City Court, the Calgary Herald reported. He was fined $323.60 for the Nov. 11 incident, in which Sutter punched a cab driver. Sutter must return to the court Sept. 15 for a restitution hearing.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, reached Monday night, said he was not aware Sutter was to appear in court Monday.

"We were aware something was pending from last winter," Rutherford said. "It's important that it be taken care of properly in the legal system, and it sounds like it has.

"We all have to learn from the things we do. All I can say is that since we have had him, Brett has been very good on and off the ice."

Sutter, 24, was charged with two misdemeanor assault counts. The incident occurred after the Flames' annual rookie dinner, held the night before the Flames were to play the Phoenix Coyotes.

Sutter is the son of Darryl Sutter, then the Flames' general manager. Flames coach Brent Sutter is Brett's uncle and the father of Brandon Sutter, a center with the Hurricanes.

Brett Sutter was traded to the Hurricanes on Nov. 17 and appeared in one NHL game for Carolina. He played 60 games in Charlotte.

Jirik dies in crash: Jaroslav Jirik, the first Czech allowed to play in the NHL during the country's communist era, died Monday in a plane crash. He was 71.

Jirik died in the city of Brno, about 125 miles from Prague. His ultralight one-seater crashed shortly after takeoff from the Brno Medlanky airport and caught fire, police said.

Jan Brskovsky, president of the Light Aircraft Association of the Czech Republic, said Jirik was an experienced pilot, and the exact cause of the accident is not immediately known.

Jirik was cleared to play in the NHL by Czech authorities. He was a right wing who played only three games for the St. Louis Blues in the 1969-70 season.

Blackhawks agree with Klinkhammer, Richards: The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed on a one-year contract with forward Rob Klinkhammer and a two-year deal with goaltender Alec Richards.

Wings, MacDonald agree to two-year deal: The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year contract with backup goaltender Joey MacDonald.

Ducks, Sexton set for two-year deal: Right wing Dan Sexton has agreed to a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Associated Press

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