Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach
Mike Sullivan became the head coach of Pittsburgh Penguins on 12 December 2015. The 2023-24 season be his ninth season with the team.
Sullivan managed to lead the team to consecutive Stanley Cup Championships in 2016 and 2017 after joining the Penguins. This feat made him the first American-born coach to win multiple cups in the NHL.
He also has two division championships under his belt and a career NHL coaching record of 321-187-81. He was the second head coach after Toe Blake to win his first two seasons with the team behind the bench.
Sullivan began his coaching career in 2002 with the AHL team Providence Bruins. He managed to compile an impressive record of 47-17-9-4 before beginning his career in the NHL as the Boston Bruins' head coach in 2003.
Before joining the Penguins organization he served as the assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks. He had served in the same capacity for the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning as well.
After he was fired by the Canucks on May 2014, Mike joined the Blackhawks as the development coach. The same season Chicago would go on to win the Stanley Cup leaving Sullivan with 3 Stanley Cups under his belt.
Sullivan led one of the most dramatic turnarounds in history guiding the team from ninth place in the Eastern Conference to the second-best record in the conference. He went on to become the third coach in team history to win 50 games in the 2016-17 season.
Moreover, he also has international coaching experience under his belt. Mike served as the assistant coach for the United States at the 2006 Olympics and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He was the Head Coach for the American team at the 2007 World Championship.