Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season on Friday.
Sullivan’s expansion begins after the 2019-20 effort.
Sullivan has won two Stanley Cup titles since getting Penguins coach in December 2015.
«Mike has done a great job bringing four 100-plus-point seasons with our team,» Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. «To acquire back-to-back Cups within this era speaks volumes of him as a coach. His instincts in managing the inter-workings of the team both on and off the ice has been remarkable.»
The 51-year-old Sullivan is 174-92-34 as trainer of the Penguins using the club hitting the playoffs at all four seasons. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, making Sullivan the very first American-born coach to acquire multiple Stanley Cups.
The Penguins have won an NHL-best 38 playoff games during his tenure despite being sailed in the first round of the 2019 playoffs by the New York Islanders.
«Mike has shown he is a tremendous leader for our staff,» Penguins team president and CEO David Morehouse said in a statement. «Our trust in him as a trainer has continued to rise as winning back Stanley Cups in his first couple of decades. Mike has a championship mindset also he’s the right man for our team, the organization and the city of Pittsburgh.»
Sullivan also coached the Boston Bruins from 2003-06, which makes the playoffs his first time ahead of the 2004-05 campaign was canceled due to the NHL lockout. He travelled 29-37-16 in his final season in Boston.
Before getting into coaching, Sullivan spent 11 seasons as a player and scored 136 points (54 goals, 82 assists) from 709 career games from 1991-2002.
—Field Level Media
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