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Steve Sullivan | Winger

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/6/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 161
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Steve Sullivan has plenty of personal experiences he can lean on as he begins his new career as the Coyotes' development coach.
Sullivan played in 1,011 career NHL games, but as impressive as that is, it doesn't begin to tell the full story of his playing career. He nearly had his career derailed because of back problems that sidelined him for almost two years. In the end, he managed to return and, despite being in his mid-30s by the time he was back, enjoy several solid campaigns before hanging up his skates. He also had to climb up the ranks to get into the NHL after being passed on until the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. His ability to overcome the odds might help inspire the Coyotes' young players as he tries to help them get the most out of their careers. Sep 18 - 6:44 AM

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Steve Sullivan has been hired by the Arizona Coyotes to serve as their development coach.

Sullivan had 290 goals and 747 points in 1,011 career games. He surpassed the 1,000 game milestone despite missing almost two years due to back problems and he received the Bill Masterton Trophy after his return in 2008-09.
Sep 9 - 1:37 PM

Steve Sullivan will almost certainly retire this summer.

"I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%," Sullivan said. "I’ve had an unbelievable run." Even still, he's still training as if he's going to play next season, so if a team makes him an offer, he will likely give it serious consideration. He had seven goals and 17 points in 42 games with the Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils last season. He surpassed the 1,000 game milestone in 2013 and has 747 career points.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 08:56:00 PM

Steve Sullivan won't be back with New Jersey next season, but he hasn't decided yet if he plans to retire.

"It's still up in the air," said agent Steve Bartlett. "He's taking some vacation time with the family and they're going to talk things through." Sullivan owns a house in Scottsdale, Ariz and it's thought that he may want to play somewhere on the West coast or return to Phoenix if he decides to come back for another year.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:41:00 AM

Steve Sullivan probably won't be back with New Jersey next season even if he decides not to retire.

"With our situation, with our young forwards that we have coming back, Stevie has to play in a top-six situation and I think we have to go a little younger there," GM Lou Lamoriello said. Sullivan is contemplating retirement this off-season.
Thu, May 30, 2013 11:12:00 AM

Steve Sullivan might end up retiring this offseason.

His agent told the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti that the veteran is "still mulling" whether to play next season.The 38-year-old had seven goals and 17 points this season.
Wed, May 29, 2013 07:21:00 PM

Steve Sullivan said he'd be "extremely surprised" if the Penguins are upset again in the first round.

Sullivan, now with the Devils, was with the second-seeded Pens when they were shocked by the Flyers last season. "I'd be extremely surprised if something like that happens to them again," Sullivan said. "Extremely. You know, you learn from your past experiences. They've learned their lesson. Look at how they've played all season. They are a team with a chip on its shoulder, and it shows. They aren't going to get stunned by anything again."
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Steve Sullivan registered a power-play goal and added an assist in New Jersey's 3-2 win against Montreal Tuesday night.

He has only contributed a goal and a helper in his previous six outings since being acquired from Phoenix and was a healthy scratch this past Saturday. Patrik Elias scored when the Devils had a man advantage as well, while Jacob Josefson potted his first goal in 20 games this season. Defenseman Marek Zidlicky got on the board with two assists in the contest.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 09:42:00 PM

Steve Sullivan will be a healthy scratch against the Panthers Saturday afternoon.

He will sit in the press box as the Devils need the roster spot for the returning Ilya Kovalchuk and New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer did not want to take Matt D'Agostini or Steve Bernier out of the lineup.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Steve Sullivan netted his first goal as a member of the New Jersey Devils since Feb. 15, 1997.

As a fun side note, Martin Brodeur was the starter in that game too. Sullivan began his career with the Devils, but he spent the vast majority of it with other clubs. Now at the age of 38, he's come full circle and is trying to help the Devils make the playoffs. Unfortunately his goal on Sunday wasn't enough as the Devils still lost their seventh straight game.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 09:42:00 AM

If you need some power play points, consider picking up Steve Sullivan.

It looks as if the newly-acquired Sullivan will get some time on the Devils' power play as a pointman, a job he has done with success in the past. He will also be skating on the Devils' second line alongside Patrik Elias. We recommend you take a flier on him and pick him up prior to Saturday's contest against Toronto.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Steve Sullivan will probably make his return to New Jersey's lineup in time for Saturday's match against Toronto.

He begun his career with the Devils back in 1995-96 and skated in 49 games with the team in parts of two seasons before being traded to the Maple Leafs in the deal for Doug Gilmour. Sullivan just five goals and 12 points in 33 games with Phoenix this season and he'll provide the Devils with some depth up front down the stretch.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 10:55:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils have sent a 2014 seventh-round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes to get Steve Sullivan.

Sullivan has five goals and 12 points in 33 games this season. For a minimal cost, the Devils are getting a veteran player that can provide them with some secondary scoring.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 03:37:00 PM

As expected, Steve Sullivan took part in his 1,000th career game on Thursday.

Sullivan's Phoenix Coyotes earned a 7-4 victory against his former team, the Nashville Predators. "I don’t think we could have picked a better spot to play 1,000 games," Sullivan said of Nashville. "This is where I called home for seven years. This is where my kids grew up. This is pretty much all they remember. For them to come back and see friends and family and watch a milestone night for myself, it was like it was meant to be."
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Steve Sullivan is projected to play in his 1,000th career game on Thursday.

Appropriately, it will be in Nashville. Sullivan spent parts of six seasons with the Predators before joining Pittsburgh for the 2011-12 campaign. He then inked a one-year, $1,850,000 deal with the Phoenix Coyotes for 2012-13.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 09:38:00 AM

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