Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Sullivan
After two seasons in the OHL with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Steve Sullivan was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in the 1995-96 season while spending the majority of his first two seasons with the team's AHL affiliate in Albany where he was named to the league's first all-star team and captured a Calder Cup title in 1995. The next year saw him split the season once again as well as being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sullivan spent the next three seasons in Toronto before being claimed off waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks, where he blossomed into a bona fide point-producer. The 2000-01 season was Sullivan's most productive in the NHL as he led the Blackhawks in scoring, as well as the league in short-handed goals and points.

Although small in stature, Sullivan is a crafty player with breakaway speed who after dominating the AHL in the mid 1990s, took his game to the NHL and once the 2002-03 season came to an end had scored five straight 20-plus goal seasons and five straight 40-plus point seasons. In February 2004, after parts of five seasons in the Windy City, Sullivan was dealt to the Nashville Predators who were looking for an offensive threat. Upon his arrival with the Preds, Sullivan to register 30 points (9-21-30) in 24 games, while leading the club to its first playoff appearance in franchise history.

On the international stage Sullivan made his debut at the 2000 World Championships and returned again the following year.

In 2009, Sullivan would become the first player in Nashville Predators franchise history to capture a major NHL award, winning the Masterton Trophy for his dedication and perseverance in returning from a serious back injury after being away from the game for a total of 687 days. After sustaining the injury on February 22, 2007, Sullivan would miss 142 regular season games and 11 more in the playoffs, finally making his return to action on January 10, 2009 versus Chicago. He would record his first point the very next game and after a slow start, finished the year by notching 27 points in the Predators' final 25 games, leading the club to a 22-14-5 record down the stretch. An inspiration to both his teammates and the community for his hard work and training that enabled him to return to the NHL; Sullivan also recorded his milestone 600th career point on March 28 versus Los Angeles.

During the 2010-11 season, injuries once again took their toll on Sullivan. He was limited to just 44 games due to sports hernia surgery, but did manage to put up 22 points.

In the summer of 2011 Sullivan and the Predators would part ways. As an unrestricted free agent he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1.

In his one season in Pittsburgh, Sullivan would record 17 goals and 31 assists. He would find himself a free agent again the following summer and signed on to join the Phoenix Coyotes.

Sullivan appeared in 33 games for the Coyotes during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, but struggled to find his scoring touch. On April 3, 2013, the NHL trade deadline he was sent to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Timmins Golden Bears NOJHA 47 66 55 121 141
1992-93 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 62 36 27 63 44 16 3 8 11 18
1992-93 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds M-Cup 4 1 0 1 4
1993-94 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 51 62 113 82 14 9 16 25 22
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 75 31 50 81 124 14 4 7 11 10
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 16 5 4 9 8 +3
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 53 33 42 75 127 4 3 0 3 6
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 8 14 22 14 +9
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 15 8 7 15 16
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 5 11 16 23 +5
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 10 18 28 40 -8
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 20 20 40 28 +12 13 3 3 6 14
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 1 1 4 -1
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 22 42 64 52 +20
1999-00 Canada WC-A 9 4 1 5 14 -1
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 34 41 75 54 +3
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 1 2 3 10 +2
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 21 39 60 67 +23 5 1 0 1 2
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 26 35 61 42 +15
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 56 15 28 43 36 -7
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 24 9 21 30 12 +8 6 1 1 2 6
2004-05
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 69 31 37 68 50 +2 5 0 2 2 0
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 57 22 38 60 20 +16
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 41 11 21 32 30 +2
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 82 17 34 51 35 +2 6 0 3 3 2
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 44 10 12 22 28 +4 9 2 1 3 2
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 17 31 48 20 -3 6 2 4 6 4
2012-13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 5 7 12 20 -8
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 9 2 3 5 4 -4
NHL Totals 1011 290 457 747 587 50 9 14 23 30


AHL First All-Star Team (1996) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2009) Traded to Toronto by New Jersey with Jason Smith and the rights to Alyn McCauley for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett and New Jersey's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, New Jersey selected Andre Lakos) in 1999 NHL Draft, February 25, 1997. Claimed on waivers by Chicago from Toronto, October 23, 1999. Traded to Nashville by Chicago for Nashville's 2nd round pick in 2004 (Ryan Garlock) and 2005 (Michael Blunden) NHL Drafts, February 16, 2004. Missed remainder of 2006-07, all of 2007-08 and start of 2008-09 due to back injury vs. Montreal, February 22, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 4, 2012. Traded to New Jersey by Phoenix for New Jersey's 7th round pick (Jared Fiegl) in 2014 NHL Draft, April 3, 2013.
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