Brent Sutter takes over as Red Deer coach

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RED DEER, Alberta (AP) -- Brent Sutter is back behind the bench.

The owner and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels, Sutter fired coach Jesse Wallin on Tuesday and took over on an interim basis.

Sutter, the former coach of the NHL's New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames, was a successful junior coach before heading to the NHL. He coached the Rebels to the 2001 Memorial Cup title and led Canada to gold medals in the 2005 and 2006 world junior championships.

The Rebels are fifth in the Central Division at 10-11-1-1.