Sullivan with the Penguins in 2011.
July 6, 1974 |
Timmins, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||161 lb (73 kg; 11 st 7 lb)|
|New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||233rd overall, 1994
New Jersey Devils
Steve Sullivan (born July 6, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes.
Playing career 
Sullivan was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft ninth round, 233rd overall. 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 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.
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. 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.
On July 4, 2012, Sullivan signed a one-year, $1.85 million deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. 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. On March 28, 2013, Sullivan dressed for his 1,000th NHL game, fittingly against the Nashville Predators. He was honored during the game as the Coyotes defeated the Predators 7-4.
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. 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.
Personal life 
His uncle, Bob Sullivan, is a retired professional hockey player, having played for the Hartford Whalers and numerous European teams.
Career statistics 
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||9||2||3||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
- "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League.
- "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Steve Sullivan signs with Coyotes". USA Today. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
- "Sullivan's Hat-trick powers Coyotes past Jackets". National Hockey League. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
- "Against the odds, Sullivan to play 1,000th game". National Hockey League. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- "Coyotes use six goal first period to defeat Predators". National Hockey League. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- "Devils acquire Steve Sullivan". NJ.com. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- "The Newark Star Ledger. April 7, 2013. section 4 pg. 5".
- Steve Sullivan's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Steve Sullivan's player profile at TSN.ca
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy