Ontario Reign center Brett Sutter won a special award from the Professional Hockey Players Association for his play during the 2017-18 American Hockey League season. Sutter was one of six players to win the PHPA Heart, Hustle and Desire Award.
Sutter joined a list of winners that also included Patrick Gaul of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, Justin Danforth of the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, Gabriel Desjardins of the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL and Tom Kostopoulos of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Sutter was the winner from the AHL Western Conference and Kostopoulos was the winner from the AHL Eastern Conference.
Sutter had 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points and 64 penalty minutes with a plus-five in 68 regular season games for the Reign. He also had two assists in four playoff games. It should be noted that like Sutter, Kostopoulos has a link to the Los Angeles Kings, the parent team to the Reign. Kostopoulos played 152 games for the Kings from 2005 to 2007 and had 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 162 games.
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