Former Lightning Associate Coach Mike Sullivan has returned to the team
Former Lightning Associate Coach Mike Sullivan has returned to the team and will serve as associate coach to Interim Head Coach Rick Tocchet for the remainder of the 2008-09 season. Sullivan spent the 2007-08 season as associate coach for the Lightning after serving as head coach for the U.S. Men’s team at the 2007 World Championships in Russia.
In addition, Lightning Assistant Coach Cap Raeder will shift to the position of goaltending coach and will work with the organization’s netminders in Tampa Bay, Norfolk of the American Hockey League and Augusta of the ECHL, as well as other goaltenders in the system. Raeder will be based out of Massachusetts.
Sullivan became head coach of the Boston Bruins in 2003-04 and led the team to the Northeast Division title and the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with a mark of 41-19-15-7 and 104 points. In his sophomore year with Boston Sullivan led them to a 29-37-16 record. In 164 regular season games as a head coach he had a record of 70-56-15-23 with a 3-4 playoff record.
Sullivan joined Boston after spending one season as head coach of their top American Hockey League affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island. Under his guidance the P-Bruins captured their third division title as they won the North Division with a 44-20-11-5 record and 104 points. That season they ranked third overall in the AHL in offense with 268 goals and established a franchise record with a 19-game home unbeaten streak from December 6 until February 23, posting a 16-0-3-0 record during that span.
Following his stint with Providence he was named the assistant coach of the NHL’s Bruins on March 20, 2003 under then interim head coach Mike O’Connell. He coached in Boston for the final nine games of the regular season as the Bruins posted a 3-3-3-0 record and were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals before he returned to Providence to finish the season.
A native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Sullivan played four seasons of college hockey at Boston University from 1986-87 until 1989-90. He scored 61 goals and recorded 138 points in 141 career college games. He was drafted by the New York Rangers as their fourth pick, 69th overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, though he never signed with them. He began his NHL career in August of 1991 when he signed a free agent contract with the San Jose Sharks after spending one season with the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League. Sullivan went on to play 11 seasons in the NHL and scored 54 goals with 136 points in 709 games during his playing career.