George Sullivan (ice hockey)

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George Sullivan
1960 Topps George Sullivan.JPG
Born (1929-12-24) December 24, 1929 (age 86)
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Playing career 1949–1961

George James "Red" Sullivan (born December 24, 1929) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League from 1949 to 1961.

Playing career[edit]

George "Red" Sullivan began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins (19491953). He also played for the Chicago Black Hawks (19541956) and the New York Rangers (19561961). Sullivan led the Chicago Blackhawks in scoring the two years he played for them. 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.[1] 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).

Coaching career[edit]

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. He was dismissed on March 31, 1969 after two consecutive seasons of the Penguins failing to qualify for the playoffs due to a pair of fifth-place finishes.[2]

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.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1947–48 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 26 10 12 22 34 3 2 3 5 0
1948–49 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 46 32 48 80 53 5 6 4 10 6
1949–50 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 13 14 15 29 19
1949–50 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 1 1 0
1949–50 Hershey Bears AHL 51 10 30 40 36
1950–51 Hershey Bears AHL 70 28 56 84 36 6 1 2 3 0
1950–51 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1951–52 Boston Bruins NHL 67 12 12 24 24 7 0 0 0 0
1952–53 Boston Bruins NHL 32 3 8 11 8 3 0 0 0 0
1952–53 Hershey Bears AHL 36 10 40 50 18
1953–54 Hershey Bears AHL 69 30 89 119 54 11 2 7 9 4
1954–55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 19 42 61 51
1955–56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 14 26 40 58
1956–57 New York Rangers NHL 42 6 17 23 36 5 1 2 3 4
1957–58 New York Rangers NHL 70 11 35 46 61 1 0 0 0 0
1958–59 New York Rangers NHL 70 21 42 63 56
1959–60 New York Rangers NHL 70 12 25 37 81
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL 70 9 31 40 66
1961–62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 61 16 46 62 81 7 1 6 7 4
1962–63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 31 14 22 36 25
NHL totals 557 107 239 346 441 18 1 2 3 6

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
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)
NHL Total 364 107 199 59

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Harry Howell
New York Rangers captain
195761
Succeeded by
Andy Bathgate
Preceded by
Muzz Patrick
Head coach of the New York Rangers
196265
Succeeded by
Emile Francis
Preceded by
Position created
Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1967–69
Succeeded by
Red Kelly
Preceded by
Jim Anderson
Head coach of the Washington Capitals
1975
Succeeded by
Milt Schmidt