By Cory Wright
Ambitious is a pretty good word to describe Andy Sutton.
What other adjective would you use to describe someone who completed an environmental engineering degree before a 14-year pro hockey career, then went on to design protective hockey equipment and start an organic farm?
"Ambition has never been a problem of mine," Sutton said. "I know what I'm capable of."
That attitude has ridden tandem with a relentless work ethic that dates back to his college days. Sutton went undrafted out of Michigan Tech, but a stellar senior season, highlighted by winning the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Year award, earned him several NHL contract offers. He signed with the San Jose Sharks, making his NHL debut in the 1998-99 season, playing two seasons with the Sharks before being selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 Expansion Draft.