Mike Sullivan was named Assistant Coach on July 23, 2013. He joins Vancouver having spent the previous four seasons with the New York Rangers. Sullivan was an Assistant Coach in Tampa Bay where he worked with Tortorella during the 2007.08 season.
From 2003.04 to 2005.06, Sullivan was Head Coach of the Boston Bruins and produced a record of 70-56-15-23 through 164 regular season games. Sullivan began his coaching career one season prior to his appointment as Head Coach of the Bruins with the club’s AHL affiliate Providence Bruins. During the 2002.03 season, Sullivan served as Providence’s Head Coach for 71 games before joining Boston as an Assistant Coach.
Internationally Sullivan served as Head Coach for the U.S. Men’s team at the 2007 World Championships in Russia. He also served as Assistant Coach at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
As a player Sullivan logged 709 career NHL games over 11 seasons with San Jose, Calgary, Boston and Phoenix, recording 136 points (54-82-136) and 203 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the New York Rangers 69th overall in 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Sullivan’s NHL career began in the 1991.92 season with San Jose. Sullivan played 141 career games with Boston University over four seasons recording 61 goals and 138 points.