Saturday, 5 November 2011

Sutherland Enjoying Calgary

Brandon product Brock Sutherland feels his transition to now being a member of the Calgary Hitmen has been relatively easy.

Sutherland was acquired by Calgary October 7th after 2 1/2 seasons with Tri-City after the Americans chose to go with forwards Adam Hughesman, Mason Wilgosh and Brendan Shinnimin as their three 20-year olds.

"There was four of us, and three of them were forwards and it's usually pretty rare to keep three 20-year old forwards," said Sutherland after Calgary's game-day skate Friday, "When I was moved, I was kind of surprised. I had been in Tri-City for a long time and it was hard to leave, but coming to Calgary made it a lot easier."

It's the second time in his WHL career that Sutherland has been traded.

He was dealt to Tri-City in November of 2008 during his rookie season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Sutherland says the transition to a new team has gone pretty smoothly.

"It's kind of easy to move to a new team. Teams are always filled with good guys that are welcoming and the management and coaches are welcoming as well," said Sutherland, "They've made it easier to get used to Calgary and fit in and help me get comfortable."

A veteran of 196 career games, Sutherland is now in his fourth season in the Western Hockey League and the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder says that naturally puts him in a leadership position.

"As you get older, you're expected to be a leader," said Sutherland, who's Twitter handle is @brock_obama91, "You get more ice time, and younger guys are looking up to you so you're always trying to set a good example. That's what I've been trying to do so far in Calgary."

Sutherland has two assists, a -1 rating and 16 penalty minutes in ten games since joining the Hitmen, and one of the added benefits of the deal is the fact he gets to play his hometown twice including Friday's contest.

The Americans were not scheduled to visit Brandon this season.

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