Brett Sutter, Calgary Flames (That's a Hockey Team, Zonies) Forward, Arrested for Assault in Scottsdale

Are the Phoenix Coyotes so bad that their opponents think it's OK to stay out partying until 2 a.m. the night before a game? Calgary Flames center Brett Sutter apparently thinks so and it's landed him in a bit of trouble.

The Flames are in town to play the Coyotes tonight, and Sutter used some of his down time last night to go partying in Scottsdale, where police say he punched a cab driver in the face for no apparent reason.

According to the incident report, Sutter was at American Junkie, where bouncers say he "was acting up all night."

As he left the bar, witnesses say he walked past a cab driver waiting outside and punched him in the face.

Witnesses told police the cab driver didn't say anything to Sutter and the attack -- as far as they could tell -- was unprovoked.

Bouncers pulled a drunken Sutter away from the cab driver and restrained him until the police got there.

When the cops took over, Sutter was so drunk he had trouble sitting up and the arresting officer had to help him take a seat on the curb.

Sutter could barely walk to the police car after being arrested due to his drunken state, and required the help of the officers just to make it from the curb to the squad car.

As he was being arrested, Sutter mumbled to officers that it was no big deal because it was his "rookie game night."

Once in jail, Sutter passed out on the floor of his holding cell. One of the arresting officers woke him up to ask him a few questions -- after a few mumble-y responses, Sutter told the cop to leave him alone.

Check out the full incident report here.

Sutter's been charged with assault. No word on whether he'll be on the roster for tonight's game against the Coyotes.

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