- Mike Sullivan was announced as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 12, 2015.
- His latest three-year contract extension keeps him with the Penguins through the 2026-27 season.
- Sullivan led the Penguins to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017.
The 2022-23 season is Mike Sullivan’s eighth as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it certainly appears that his time at the helm is a long way from over. On Oct. 16, 2021, Sullivan recorded his 253rd win from behind the bench, officially becoming is the the winningest coach in franchise history.
When Did Mike Sullivan Start Coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Following the dismissal of head coach Mike Johnston, Mike Sullivan was announced as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 12, 2015. He signed a four-year contract extension in July 2019 and another three-year extension in August 2022. Under Sullivan’s current deal, he will be with the Penguins through the 2026-27 season.
In the nine full seasons, he has been at the helm (excluding the partial 2012-2013 season), the Lightning have only missed the playoffs once, in 2016-17.
Mike Sullivan: Record with Pittsburgh Penguins
How Many Stanley Cups Has Mike Sullivan Won?
Having led the Pittsburgh Penguins to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017, Sullivan has two Stanley Cups in his trophy cabinet. The team’s 2016 title made Sullivan just the sixth head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after being hired mid-season. The Penguins have had a total seven playoff appearances with Sullivan at the helm.
Sullivan also led his previous team, the Boston Bruins, to a playoff berth in 2004, but they were eliminated in the Conference Quarterfinals by the Montreal Canadiens.
Who Was Penguins Coach Before Mike Sullivan?
Mike Johnston was the head coach of the Penguins from Jun. 25, 2014, to Dec. 12, 2015. He was fired due to the team’s underperformance and replaced by Mike Sullivan.
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