Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Sullivan
Mike Sullivan attended Boston University from 1986 to 1990, during which time the Rangers drafted him, in 1987. He played for team USA in the World Junior Championships where he joined teammates Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano before their days in the NHL. Sullivan never played a game as a Rangers but was traded to the North Stars in 1988.

After four years of University, Sullivan played the 1990-91 season with the San Diego Gulls of the IHL until signing as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks. He made his NHL debut the next year and played three seasons in San Jose. The Flames claimed Sullivan off waivers in 1994, and he spent four seasons in Calgary.

Sullivan came to be known in the NHL as a speedy player who specialized in penalty killing. He was dealt to the Bruins in 1997 but stayed in Beantown for just one year. Sullivan was claimed by Nashville in the 1998 Expansion Draft but was quickly traded to the Phoenix Coyotes where he played his final four years of his NHL career. Sullivan announced his retirement from the NHL following the 2001-02 NHL regular season.

It didn't take long for Sullivan to return to beantown and the NHL. aving coached the Bruins AHL club in Providence to a North Division title in 2002-03, Sullivan was brought up to be assistant coach under Mike O'Connell. After the Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs that year Mike O'Connell was dismissed as coach.

Mike Sullivan was named coach of the Bruins on June 23, 2003. Growing up in Boston and having been a Bruins fan all his life made Sullivan's new job as head coach a dream come true. Sullivan led the Bruins in 2003-04 to the top of the Northeast Division, however the team was upset by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs after leading the series 3 -1. The year after the NHL lockout the Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time in five years finishing last in the Northeast Division. Shortly after the Bruins hired former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Peter Chiarelli who dismissed Sullivan as head coach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Boston College H.S. Eagles High-MA 22 26 33 59
1986-87 Boston University Terriers H-East 37 13 18 31 18
1987-88 Boston University Terriers H-East 30 18 22 40 30
1987-88 United States WJC-A 6 0 2 2 14
1988-89 Boston University Terriers H-East 36 19 17 36 30
1989-90 Boston University Terriers H-East 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 -18
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 10 2 8 10 8
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 6 8 14 30 -42
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 26 2 2 4 4 -3
1993-94 Kansas City Blades IHL 6 3 3 6 0
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 19 2 3 5 6 +2 7 1 1 2 8
1993-94 Saint John Flames AHL 5 2 0 2 4
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 38 4 7 11 14 -2 7 3 5 8 2
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 81 9 12 21 24 -6 4 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 67 5 6 11 10 -11
1996-97 United States WC-A 8 1 2 3 2
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 77 5 13 18 34 -1 6 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 2 4 6 24 -11 5 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 5 10 15 10 -4 5 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 5 4 9 16 -6
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 42 1 2 3 16 -3
NHL Totals 709 54 82 136 203 34 4 8 12 14


Rights traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Mark Tinordi, Paul Jerrard, the rights to Bret Barnett and Los Angeles' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Murray Garbutt) in 1989 NHL Draft for Brian Lawton, Igor Liba and the rights to Eric Bennett, October 11, 1988. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 9, 1991. Claimed on waivers by Calgary from San Jose, January 6, 1994. Traded to Boston by Calgary for Boston's 7th round pick (Radek Duda) in 1998 NHL Draft, June 21, 1997. Claimed by Nashville from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Traded to Phoenix by Nashville for Phoenix's 7th round pick (Kyle Kettles) in 1999 NHL Draft, June 30, 1998.
Officially announced his retirement and named Head Coach of Providence (AHL), July 29, 2002.
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