Mike Sullivan (ice hockey)
February 27, 1968|
Marshfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
San Jose Sharks|
69th overall, 1987|
New York Rangers
Michael Barry Sullivan (born February 27, 1968) is an American ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a fourth round selection, 69th overall, by the New York Rangers at the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and played 11 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes. Internationally, he represented the United States twice, including at the 1997 World Championship.
Sullivan turned to coaching upon his retirement in 2002 and served two seasons as the head coach of the Boston Bruins between 2003 and 2005. He was formerly an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, a position he held during the 2013–14 NHL season. After serving as head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, he took over as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in December 2015, and led the team to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
Sullivan played high school hockey at Boston College High School and college hockey at Boston University where he scored a game-winning goal in the Beanpot Tournament. He was drafted 69th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He elected to remain at BU to finish school, and in 1990, he began an 11-year NHL career in which he accumulated 54 goals, 82 assists, 136 points and 203 penalty minutes in 709 games.
Sullivan was hired as the 26th head coach of the Boston Bruins in 2003 by then-general manager Mike O'Connell. His first season with the Bruins was highly successful, as he led them to a 41–19–15–7 record, 104 points and a first-place finish in the Northeast Division. However, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. After the lockout, Sullivan and the Bruins struggled to win in the new NHL, as they ended the 2005–2006 season with a dismal 29–37–16 record, missing the playoffs and finishing last in the Northeast Division. He was subsequently fired by incoming general manager Peter Chiarelli on June 27, 2006, and was replaced by Dave Lewis.
Sullivan served as an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
On May 31, 2007, he was named assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On July 16, 2009, he was named assistant coach of the New York Rangers.
On July 3, 2013, he was named assistant coach of the Vancouver Canucks.
On January 20, 2014, Sullivan was named interim head coach of the Canucks, while head coach John Tortorella served a six-game suspension. On January 21, in his first game as acting head coach, the Canucks would go on to record a 2–1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
On May 1, 2014, Sullivan, along with head coach John Tortorella, were relieved of their respective duties in the Canucks organization. Sullivan subsequently joined the Chicago Blackhawks as a player development coach.
He was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 12, 2015, upon the firing of then-head coach Mike Johnston.
On June 12, 2016, Sullivan became just the sixth head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after being hired mid-season. He did so when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Sullivan joined both Scotty Bowman (1992) and Dan Bylsma (2009) as the third coach in franchise history to win the Stanley Cup following a mid-season coaching change.
Sullivan and his wife, Kate, have three children, daughters Kaitlin and Kiley and son Matthew.
Career player statistics
Regular season and playoffs
|1986–87||Boston University Terriers||HE||37||13||18||31||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||Boston University Terriers||HE||30||18||22||40||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Boston University Terriers||HE||36||19||17||36||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Boston University Terriers||HE||38||11||20||31||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||San Diego Gulls||IHL||74||12||23||35||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||San Jose Sharks||NHL||64||8||11||19||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Kansas City Blades||IHL||10||2||8||10||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||San Jose Sharks||NHL||81||6||8||14||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||San Jose Sharks||NHL||26||2||2||4||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Kansas City Blades||IHL||6||3||3||6||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Saint John Flames||AHL||5||2||0||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Head coaching record
|BOS||2003–04||82||41||19||15||7||104||1st in Northeast||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|BOS||2005–06||82||29||37||—||16||74||5th in Northeast||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|BOS total||164||70||56||15||23||.543||3||4||.429||1 playoff appearance|
|PIT||2015–16||54||33||16||—||5||(71)||2nd in Metropolitan||16||8||.667||Won Stanley Cup|
|PIT||2016–17||82||50||21||—||11||111||2nd in Metropolitan||16||9||.640||Won Stanley Cup|
|PIT||2017–18||82||47||29||—||6||100||2nd in Metropolitan||6||6||.500||Lost in Second Round|
|PIT total||218||130||66||—||22||.647||38||23||.623||3 playoff appearances|
2 Stanley Cup titles
|Total||382||200||122||15||45||.602||41||27||.603||4 playoff appearances|
2 Stanley Cup titles
|Season||Team||Regular season||Post season|
|2002–03||Providence Bruins||71||41||17||9||4||.669||1st, North||Lost conference quarterfinals|
|2015–16||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||23||18||5||.783||Promoted to head coach of Pittsburgh Penguins|
- Career statistics: "Michael Sullivan player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "Mike Sullivan Named Head Coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins". Retrieved July 6, 2015.
- "Mike Sullivan Named Head Coach of Pittsburgh Penguins".
- Satriano, David (June 12, 2016). "Penguins join select group of champions". NHL.com. NHL. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- Werner, Sam (May 27, 2017). "Mike Sullivan, Peter Laviolette make Stanley Cup final history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
Mr. Sullivan is also now the first to lead a team to the Cup final in back-to-back seasons
- Kasan, Sam (December 16, 2017). "Snap Shots: Pens 4, Coyotes 2". NHL.com. Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Head coach of the Providence Bruins
| Head coach of the Boston Bruins
| Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins