December 24, 1929|
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
January 19, 2019 (aged 89)|
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
George James "Red" Sullivan (December 24, 1929 – January 19, 2019) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1949 to 1961. After finishing his playing career Sullivan became a coach, serving in that role between 1962 and 1975.
Sullivan led the Chicago Blackhawks in scoring in the two years he played with them.
Sullivan was severely injured, and very nearly killed, when defenceman Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens speared him in the stomach, rupturing his spleen, where a Catholic priest was even brought to the hospital to deliver his last rites, however Sullivan survived and resumed his career with the New York Rangers.
During 556 NHL games, he scored 107 goals with 239 assists for 346 points.
Sullivan became the head coach of the Rangers during the 1962–63 season when fans began to demand Muzz Patrick resign. He coached a rather bad team until December 1965 when the Rangers' general manager, Emile Francis decided he himself would take over as head coach.
Sullivan then coached the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first season. He was dismissed on March 31, 1969 after two consecutive seasons of the Penguins failing to qualify for the playoffs due to a pair of fifth-place finishes.
During the 1974-1975 NHL season, Sullivan replaced Jim Anderson as head coach of the expansion Washington Capitals. Sullivan posted a 2-16 record as head coach and was replaced later that season by Milt Schmidt.
He died on January 19, 2019, after suffering for a number of years with Alzheimer's / dementia.
Regular season and playoffs
|1947–48||St. Catharines Teepees||OHA||26||10||12||22||34||3||2||3||5||0|
|1948–49||St. Catharines Teepees||OHA||46||32||48||80||53||5||6||4||10||6|
|1949–50||St. Catharines Teepees||OHA||13||14||15||29||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|1954–55||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||19||42||61||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|1955–56||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||63||14||26||40||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|1956–57||New York Rangers||NHL||42||6||17||23||36||5||1||2||3||4|
|1957–58||New York Rangers||NHL||70||11||35||46||61||1||0||0||0||0|
|1958–59||New York Rangers||NHL||70||21||42||63||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|1959–60||New York Rangers||NHL||70||12||25||37||81||—||—||—||—||—|
|1960–61||New York Rangers||NHL||70||9||31||40||66||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|New York Rangers||1962–63||36||11||18||8||(56)||5th in NHL||Missed playoffs|
|New York Rangers||1963–64||70||22||38||10||54||5th in NHL||Missed playoffs|
|New York Rangers||1964–65||70||20||38||12||52||5th in NHL||Missed playoffs|
|New York Rangers||1965–66||20||5||10||5||(47)||6th in NHL||(fired)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||1967–68||74||27||34||13||(67)||5th in West||Missed playoffs|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||1968–69||76||20||45||11||51||5th in West||Missed playoffs|
|Washington Capitals||1974–75||18||2||16||0||(21)||5th in Norris||(fired)|
- George Sullivan biography at Legends of Hockey. Retrieved October 31, 2007.
- Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470736194. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
- "Penguins fire Sullivan," The Associated Press, Tuesday, April 1, 1969.
- Washington Capitals Club History Archived 2008-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| New York Rangers captain
| Head coach of the New York Rangers
| Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
| Head coach of the Washington Capitals