Mike Sullivan, who has involved with USA Hockey in multiple capacities for parts of the last four decades, will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Sullivan spent the majority of the 2015-16 season as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. After taking the job in December 2015, he led the Penguins to a 33-16-5 regular season record and became the sixth head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after being hired mid-season.
The Marshfield, Massachusetts, native has served on the staff for multiple national teams, including as an assistant coach for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. In addition, he was the head coach of the 2007 U.S. Men’s National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Moscow and Mytischi, Russia, and an assistant coach for the 2008 U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Sullivan was also an advance scout for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.
Sullivan spent two seasons as head coach of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins (2003-04/2005-06) and led the team to the Northeast Division crown his first season guiding the club. He has also had stints as an NHL assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2007-09), New York Rangers (2009-13) and most recently with the Vancouver Canucks (2013-14).
Sullivan, who has been a speaker at multiple USA Hockey coaching clinics, began his professional coaching career in 2002 with the Boston Bruin’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins. During his lone season with Providence, he led the team to first place in its division.
As a player, Sullivan represented the U.S. on two occasions—once as a member of the 1988 U.S. National Junior Team and also as a member of the 1997 U.S. Men’s National Team. He played collegiate hockey at Boston University (1986-90), and, professionally, Sullivan spent parts of 12 seasons with the NHL’s Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks.