Among his many strengths as a head coach, Mike Sullivan’s unwavering confidence in himself is perhaps his greatest attribute. When he speaks, his team listens to every authoritative word, Sullivan’s assertive yet philosophical personality perfect for these Penguins.
On those rare occasions when Sullivan questions himself — yes, it does happen from time to time — he picks up the phone and calls his college hockey coach. Some bonds never break and some relationships never stop producing wisdom.
Sullivan still refers to Jack Parker as “Coach Parker.”
Parker still refers to Sullivan as “Michael.”
Together, they’re a perfect match perhaps because they’re so similar.