There are three other men who have been a head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they claimed the Stanley Cup.
Mike Rupp played under 10 head coaches and dozens of assistants over 11 NHL seasons spent with six teams.
Mike Sullivan savored his first Stanley Cup celebration from a respectful distance. Standing at ice level with the trophy being raised all around him, he was close enough to feel the radiating joy and sense of accomplishment that went into winning it.
Sunday marked the six-year anniversary of his hiring as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Todd Reirden paced around the Penguins’ triumphant dressing room two weeks ago, following a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The message was the same on Friday during the Penguins’ practice session.
And just as loud. Perhaps even louder.
There are only 32, spread among the NHL franchises that span the continent. Get one, and you’re all but guaranteed of earning a seven-figure salary. Of possessing a high public profile, even if it’s only in one market.
They presented him with a plaque after he earned his 253rd victory, passing Dan Bylsma for the most in franchise history
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‘I knew you guys would go there’: Mike Sullivan on the challenge (and potential) of the U.S. Olympic hockey team
The sunshine coming through his office window in suburban Pittsburgh had something to do with it. That’ll soon be in short supply. But the Penguins head coach, clearly, is thrilled about his new side gig. He’s leading the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team at the 2022 Beijing Games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Kain Tisi and Charles Grant goaltending development coaches, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.