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Sutter, Glencross narrowly avoid cattle scare

Oct 15, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

Brent Sutter Curtis Glencross

A massive Canadian beef recall almost cost former Flames head coach Brent Sutter and current Flames forward Curtis Glencross in a major way.

In addition to their hockey careers, the two are veteran Alberta ranchers (Sutter tends to the family farm in Sylvan Lake, Glencross in Penhold) that deal extensively in the livestock trade.

Both had plenty to lose with a recent oubreak of E. coli that resulted in the largest beef recall in Canadian history but, according to Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, the pair made out okay.

“I sold all my calves four days before they shut the plant down in Brooks,” said Sutter, who runs a calving operation at his family homestead that has 450 head of cattle.

“That night (the beef scare hit), calves dropped 10 cents per pound. I was lucky.”

Sutter has returned to his general managing duties with the Red Deer Rebels, which he owns — a team off to a slow start despite featuring hotshot Calgary blueliner Mathew Dumba, seventh overall pick of the Minnesota Wild, this summer.

Fellow ranch-hand Curtis Glencross also managed to sell the bulk of his 220 head of cattle in Penhold before the real trouble hit.

In case you’re wondering — no, not everybody in Alberta is involved in the cattle trade. Some deal in horses.

  1. williplett - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    There are hockey games going on all over the place. Sure, not NHL games, but actual hockey that you could be writing about. Hell, a lot of them feature NHL players or NHL draftees. Posting worthless junk like this-for the sake of a weak Devellano joke, it would seem-is going to ensure that people will look elsewhere for news about the sport.

    • Mike Halford - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Thanks for reading!

    • bcsteele - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Would you like Pro Hockey Talk to add a scoreboard for every single game around the world?

      Rest assured Mike, I’ll always be on PHT for as long as they keep up the good work.

      • williplett - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        A bunch of highly rated young players just scored their first points as pros this last weekend…and it got as much coverage as this beef scare story did.

      • blomfeld - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Is that some KHL Lover I hear ?

        Listen there pal … we PHT readers “want and need” to know about things like cows and potential beef recalls … like, what are you, nuts or something ? … if you want information on the Smolensk Cossacks or the Novosibirsk Reactors then go to your stupid KHL website ! … this PHT website is dedicated to the NHL, the undisputed and absolute “best” hockey league in the world, bar none !

        *** KHL Promotional Video due out for this coming Christmas ! ***

      • williplett - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        No blomfeld.

        The AHL is pro hockey. And since the NHL is locked out, silly me, I thought PRO HOCKEY TALK could cover it a bit better than they have been. It makes sense that an attention whore like you, who posts You Tube videos that take up as much space as five regular people’s comments, would side with a guy who posted an article about a beef scare just because he had a bad joke to go with it.

        I want hockey not nonsense.

    • Jason Brough - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      A glance at the AHL’s opening weekend
      Devils-Kings rematch in AHL sees its NHL players making the best of things
      Watch Brayden Schenn score a sweet shorthanded goal
      Video: Notre Dame beats Nebraska-Omaha for Icebreaker title

      • williplett - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Yeah, a “glance” at the AHL opening weekend is about all PHT has offered. Besides a few other posts, that is ALL the coverage you are giving to that league. The second biggest pro hockey league in North America. Which contains all sorts of NHL players and draft picks. And one of the few college hockey posts that was covered by an NBC network, too. Bless your company heart!

        The great NHL beef scare was important, though. Right?

      • Jason Brough - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        It’s one story, man. Good lord.

      • williplett - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        Yeah, one story.

        The absolute worst, most hockey content free story posted by PHT since the lockout began. It’s called constructive criticism from someone who uses the service you get paid for. Sorry for giving a damn. Is it so wrong to ask for better coverage of the AHL when stuff like this is posted for a (failed) laugh? Is it a shock that hockey fans want to read about hockey on a website about pro hockey?

        It’s not like the lockout has given PHT writers extra free time to come up with better ideas for posts or time to leave three middling responses to my posts over the last three hours or anything…

      • Jason Brough - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Thanks for the feedback. We do appreciate it. Maybe we’d have appreciated it a little more if it had been made a little less aggressively.
        And I would argue the post wasn’t as useless as you think it was. The beef scare was a very big story in Canada and some people might find it interesting that it affected some well-known hockey guys. You don’t, that’s fine.

  2. zach28 - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM


    • Jason Brough - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      No, we need to stick together. We can’t let this lockout tear us apart. That’s what they want. They may take our lives but they will never take our freedom. And such and such.

      • blomfeld - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

  3. manchestermiracle - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    How about a link to add our names to a petition asking the NHL and NHLPA to put their “negotiations” into high gear? If all those political sites can do it, why not PHT? Include a space for us to add our own comments.

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Almost forgot to ask: If a bunch of beef was tossed out due to an E. coli scare, wouldn’t that have increased the price for meat still on the hoof?

    • supercoop8 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      No because the media frenzy frightens people enough to stop buying beef altogether for the time being leading to a surplus and the price being driven down.

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