Steve Sullivan

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Steve Sullivan
Steve Sullivan 2011-11-11.JPG
Sullivan with the Penguins in 2011.
Born (1974-07-06) July 6, 1974 (age 39)
Timmins, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 161 lb (73 kg; 11 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 233rd overall, 1994
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1994–2013

Steve Sullivan (born July 6, 1974) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played over 1000 games in the National Hockey League for the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Sullivan was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft ninth round, 233rd overall.[1] Sullivan was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1996–97 NHL season, where he went on to score a (then) career high 40 points during the 1998–99 NHL season.

Sullivan was then picked up off waivers in 1999 by the Chicago Blackhawks. Sullivan posted a new career high of 75 points in the 2001–02 NHL season.

Sullivan was traded to the Nashville Predators for a second-round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (Michael Blunden) and a second-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Ryan Garlock) on February 16, 2004.

Upon arriving in Nashville, Sullivan put up 30 points in 24 games, including a hat trick in his first game with the Predators, and 10 points in his first 3 games with the team.

He was named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for October 9–16, 2005.

In February 2007, Sullivan suffered a debilitating back injury in a game against the Montreal Canadiens that forced Sullivan out of action for the remainder of the 2006–07 season, all of the 2007–08 season, and the first half of the 2008–09 season. Sullivan made his comeback on January 10, 2009, against the Chicago Blackhawks after nearly 23 months. Due to his successful comeback during the 2008–09 season, Sullivan was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

On July 1, 2011, he signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2] His early form in the 2011–12 season, was disappointing but as the season went on, he became better accustomed to the Penguins' lineup and finished with 48 points in 79 games. He scored two goals in the Penguins opening round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

On July 4, 2012, Sullivan signed a one-year, $1.85 million deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.[3] Signed with the intention to cover the loss of fellow veteran Ray Whitney, Sullivan got off to a quick start with the Coyotes in the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, scoring a hat-trick in his third game to help defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 24, 2013.[4] On March 28, 2013, Sullivan dressed for his 1,000th NHL game, fittingly against the Nashville Predators.[5] He was honored during the game as the Coyotes defeated the Predators 7-4.[6]

On April 3, 2013, Sullivan was dealt by the Coyotes at the trade deadline to return to his original club, the New Jersey Devils, for a 7th round draft pick.[7] His time between stints with the Devils was 16 year, 45 days, the third longest amount of time between stints with one team in NHL history.[8]

Personal life[edit]

His uncle, Bob Sullivan, is a retired professional hockey player, having played for the Hartford Whalers and numerous European teams.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 62 36 37 63 44 16 3 8 11 18
1993–94 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 51 62 113 82 14 9 16 25 22
1994–95 Albany River Rats AHL 75 31 50 81 124 14 4 7 11 10
1995–96 Albany River Rats AHL 53 33 42 75 127 4 3 0 3 6
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 16 5 4 9 8
1996–97 Albany River Rats AHL 15 8 7 15 16
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 8 14 22 14
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 5 11 16 23
1997–98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 10 18 28 40
1998–99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 20 20 40 28 13 3 6 9 14
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 1 1 4
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 22 42 64 52
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 34 41 75 54
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 21 39 60 67 5 1 0 1 2
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 26 35 61 42
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 56 15 28 43 36
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 24 9 21 30 12 6 1 1 2 6
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 69 31 37 68 50 5 0 2 2 0
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 57 22 38 60 20
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 41 11 21 32 30
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 82 17 34 51 35 6 0 3 3 2
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 44 10 12 22 28 9 2 1 3 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 17 31 48 20 6 2 4 6 4
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 5 7 12 20
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 9 2 3 5 4
NHL totals 1011 290 457 747 587 50 9 14 23 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Steve Sullivan signs with Coyotes". USA Today. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Sullivan's Hat-trick powers Coyotes past Jackets". National Hockey League. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Against the odds, Sullivan to play 1,000th game". National Hockey League. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Coyotes use six goal first period to defeat Predators". National Hockey League. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Devils acquire Steve Sullivan". NJ.com. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  8. ^ "The Newark Star Ledger. April 7, 2013. section 4 pg. 5". 

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Preceded by
Jason Blake
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
2009
Succeeded by
Jose Theodore