Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan

EP. 55 - Andy Sutton - How changing from forward to defense in COLLEGE, led to a 14 year NHL career.

March 08, 2021 Andy Sutton Season 2 Episode 55
Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan
EP. 55 - Andy Sutton - How changing from forward to defense in COLLEGE, led to a 14 year NHL career.
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Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan
EP. 55 - Andy Sutton - How changing from forward to defense in COLLEGE, led to a 14 year NHL career.
Mar 08, 2021 Season 2 Episode 55
Andy Sutton

You just can't make this stuff up.

Andy Sutton's career path to some is unbelievable. To all, it's unlikely. However, it's real and it happened, and that's what I love about success - contrary to popular belief, it DOES NOT always follow the most talented.

That's not to say Andy wasn't talented. He was. You are required to have an elite skillset to play big minutes in the NHL. But teams weren't chasing him at 16. Or 17. And when he was 18 he wasn't drafted to the NHL. He was passed over again at 19. But Sutton was offered a partial scholarship to a small Div. I school called Michigan Tech.

At that time he was a forward.

1.5 seasons into his college he had 3 goals. Then on a suggestion from visiting coach Pierre Page, he switched to defense.

After Sutton's 3rd season he had a grand total 16 points in 83 games. He didn't have an agent. No one was calling to sign him. Professional hockey at any level wasn't in doubt, and Andy was considering what to do with his degree.

Then something crazy happened. He trained his mind to let go, to live with intention, to put in the work required so he could trust his instincts on the ice. And his game blew up.

As a D-Man, Sutton went off in his senior year. 40 points in 38 games... 16 goals! Defensive Player of the Year. And 14 NHL teams who wanted to sign him... for money that a first rounder would get.

The next season, Sutton made his way into the NHL, and stayed there... for 14 years. What a difference a year can make.

Find out the lesson's Andy learned along the way and what he thinks made the difference for him.

Show Notes

You just can't make this stuff up.

Andy Sutton's career path to some is unbelievable. To all, it's unlikely. However, it's real and it happened, and that's what I love about success - contrary to popular belief, it DOES NOT always follow the most talented.

That's not to say Andy wasn't talented. He was. You are required to have an elite skillset to play big minutes in the NHL. But teams weren't chasing him at 16. Or 17. And when he was 18 he wasn't drafted to the NHL. He was passed over again at 19. But Sutton was offered a partial scholarship to a small Div. I school called Michigan Tech.

At that time he was a forward.

1.5 seasons into his college he had 3 goals. Then on a suggestion from visiting coach Pierre Page, he switched to defense.

After Sutton's 3rd season he had a grand total 16 points in 83 games. He didn't have an agent. No one was calling to sign him. Professional hockey at any level wasn't in doubt, and Andy was considering what to do with his degree.

Then something crazy happened. He trained his mind to let go, to live with intention, to put in the work required so he could trust his instincts on the ice. And his game blew up.

As a D-Man, Sutton went off in his senior year. 40 points in 38 games... 16 goals! Defensive Player of the Year. And 14 NHL teams who wanted to sign him... for money that a first rounder would get.

The next season, Sutton made his way into the NHL, and stayed there... for 14 years. What a difference a year can make.

Find out the lesson's Andy learned along the way and what he thinks made the difference for him.