Mike Sullivan (ice hockey, born 1968)

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Mike Sullivan
Born (1968-02-27) February 27, 1968 (age 46)
Marshfield, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for San Jose Sharks
Calgary Flames
Boston Bruins
Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Draft 69th overall, 1987
New York Rangers
Playing career 1990–2002

Michael Barry Sullivan (born February 27, 1968) is an American former ice hockey player and head coach in 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 10 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.

Playing career[edit]

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 67th 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.

Coaching career[edit]

Sullivan began coaching professional hockey during the 2002–2003 season, when he became the head coach of the Providence Bruins of the AHL. In his only season, his team had a 41–17–9–4 record.

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. They were eliminated however, in the first round of the playoffs to 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 27 June 2006 and was replaced by Dave Lewis.

On May 31, 2007, he was named assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has also served as an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

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.

Personal[edit]

Sullivan and his wife, Kate, have three children, daughters Kaitlin and Kiley and son Matthew.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL 19 2 3 5 6 7 1 1 2 8
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 38 4 7 11 14 7 3 5 8 2
1995–96 Calgary Flames NHL 81 9 12 21 24 4 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 67 5 6 11 10
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 77 5 13 18 34 6 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 2 4 6 24 5 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 5 10 15 10 5 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 5 4 9 16
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 42 1 2 3 16
NHL totals 709 54 82 136 203 34 4 8 12 14

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1988 United States WJC 6 0 2 2 14
1997 United States WC 8 1 2 3 2
International totals 14 1 4 5 16

Coaching[edit]

Season Team League Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pct Division rank Result
2002–03 Providence Bruins AHL 71 41 17 9 4 .669 1st, North Lost conference quarterfinals
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 82 41 19 15 7 .634 1st, Northeast Lost conference quarterfinals
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 82 29 37 16 .451 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
2013–14[a] Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 2 4 0 .333 N/A N/A
NHL totals 170 72 60 15 23 .535

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