Ron Sutter played 18 season in the National Hockey League, joining his brothers Brian, Brent, Darryl, Duane and Rich Sutter, all of whom played in NHL. He was the highest draft pick of the family, taken 4th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982 and was the last of the Sutter brothers to retire from the NHL. Ron and his twin brother Rich both played on the Lethbridge Broncos in the WHL, and together they led that team to the Memorial Cup in 1983.

He made his NHL debut in 1983 with Philadelphia and played with the Flyers until the 1991–92 season, when he was traded to the St. Louis Blues.  He spent  2 seasons playing amongst Rich while being coached by his older brother Brian. After that, he became somewhat of a journeyman in the NHL, playing for St. Louis, the Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks within 4 seasons. Sutter played 4 seasons with the Sharks, being coached by older brother Darryl where he primarily became a defensive centre. Sutter would finish off his career with the Calgary Flames, and retired in 2001. After retiring, he worked for several seasons as a scout for the Calgary Flames.