George Sullivan (ice hockey)
December 24, 1929 |
Peterborough, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
George "Red" Sullivan began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins (1949 – 1953). He also played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1954 – 1956) and the New York Rangers (1956 – 1961). Sullivan was nearly killed when Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens speared him in the stomach and ruptured his spleen. A Catholic priest was even called to deliver his last rites yet he survived and resumed his duties with the New York Rangers. During 556 NHL games, he scored 107 goals and 239 assists for 346 points.
In 2009, Sullivan was ranked No. 66 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).
Sullivan became coach of the Rangers during the 1962–63 season when fans began to demand that Muzz Patrick resign. He coached a rather bad team until December 1965 when Emile Francis decided that he would take over as coach.
Sullivan then coached the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first season. After finishing fifth and out of the playoffs two years in a row, Sullivan was fired.
During the 1974-1975 NHL season, Sullivan replaced Jim Anderson as head coach of the expansion Washington Capitals. Sullivan posted a 2-16 record as head coach and was replaced later that season by Milt Schmidt.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|New York Rangers||1962-63||36||11||18||8||(56)||5th in NHL||Missed playoffs|
|New York Rangers||1963-64||70||22||38||10||54||5th in NHL||Missed playoffs|
|New York Rangers||1964-65||70||20||38||12||52||5th in NHL||Missed playoffs|
|New York Rangers||1965-66||20||5||10||5||(47)||6th in NHL||(fired)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||1967-68||74||27||34||13||(67)||5th in West||Missed playoffs|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||1968-69||76||20||45||11||51||5th in West||Missed playoffs|
|Washington Capitals||1974-75||18||2||16||0||(21)||5th in Norris||(fired)|
|New York Rangers captain
|Head coach of the New York Rangers
|Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
|Head coach of the Washington Capitals
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