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 Arizona Coyotes. He is currently the Coyotes' assistant GM and the GM for their AHL affiliate the Tucson Roadrunners.
Sullivan with the Penguins in 2011.
July 6, 1974|
Timmins, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||156 lb (71 kg; 11 st 2 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
Toronto Maple Leafs
233rd overall, 1994|
New Jersey Devils
Sullivan was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft ninth round, 233rd overall. He first played with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, followed by the Albany River Rats, where he captured a Calder Cup championship in 1995. 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.
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. Sullivan 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 him 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. He scored two goals in the Penguins opening round playoff loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Final NHL seasonEdit
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.
On September 8, 2014, the Coyotes announced that they had hired Sullivan as their development coach.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1991–92||Timmins Golden Bears||NOJHL||47||66||55||121||141||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||62||36||37||63||44||16||3||8||11||18|
|1992–93||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||MC||—||—||—||—||—||4||1||0||1||4|
|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||3||6||14|
|1999–2000||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.
- Milbert, Neil (December 5, 2000). "Castoff Blasts Off". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- Wilson, Kevin (February 15, 2008). "10th: Steve Sullivan debuts with a hat trick vs. San Jose". NHL.com. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "Sullivan named NHL Offensive Player of the Week". NHL.com. October 17, 2005. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "Sullivan Wins Masterton Memorial Trophy; Becomes Preds First NHL Award Winner". NHL.com. June 18, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. 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".
- "Coyotes name Steve Sullivan as development coach". NHL.com. September 8, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database, or TSN.ca
| Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy