Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Red Sullivan
As a junior with the St. Catharines Teepees of the OHA, Red Sullivan had a handy touch around the net and played the game with a great sense of enthusiasm and commitment. As property of the Boston Bruins, the spirited centreman was ushered into the pro ranks with the Hershey Bears in 1949-50. Along the way, he managed to take a quick swig of life with the Bruins before heading back to his home in the AHL.

It wasn't until 1951-52 that Sullivan finally got a full-time job in Boston. But over the season and a half that followed, he failed to make a significant impression with the club's brass. By 1953, he was back in Hershey where he remained until the Chicago Blackhawks secured his rights in 1954.

In the Windy City, Sullivan began to hit full stride with his knack for setting up goals, showing leadership, providing tenacious forechecking and an ability to needle his opponents with a truculent flair. He gave fans their money's worth for two seasons before being traded to the New York Rangers in 1956.

In the Big Apple, Sullivan picked up right where he left off in Chicago. He made a habit of stirring up trouble, especially against the Canadiens. He often took runs at goaltender Jacques Plante. Habs' defenseman Doug Harvey warned the abrasive Ranger centreman to lay off. When Sullivan failed to comply, Harvey speared him in the stomach with his stick and ruptured his spleen. A Catholic priest was called in to deliver Sullivan's last rights, but Sullivan survived and eventually resumed his duties as a Ranger.

In 1957-58, he was appointed the team's captaincy, a post he held until his demotion to the minors in 1961. At that time, he joined the Kitchener Beavers of the EPHL and then the Baltimore Clippers of the AHL where he hung up his blades in 1963.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP 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
1963/65 New York Rangers NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 557 107 239 346 441 18 1 2 3 6


AHL First All-Star Team (1954)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (AHL - Leading Scorer) (1954)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1954) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960)
Traded to Chicago by Boston for cash, September 10, 1954. Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago for Wally Hergesheimer, June 19, 1956.