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Sullivan & Gulutzan added to coaching staff

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Michael D. Gillis announced today that Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan have been named assistant coaches with the Vancouver Canucks.

Sullivan joins the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff from the New York Rangers where he served as Assistant Coach for the last four years. Prior to joining the Rangers, Sullivan served as an Assistant Coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2007-2009.

Previously, Sullivan spent two years as Head Coach of the Boston Bruins. In his first season in 2003.04, Sullivan led the Bruins to the Northeast Division title. In 164 regular season games as a Head Coach he had a record of 70-56-15-23 with a 3-4 playoff record.

Sullivan joined Boston after spending one season as Head Coach of the AHL Providence Bruins where he led Providence to a 41-17-9-4 record. Following his stint with Providence, he was named the Assistant Coach of the Boston Bruins under then interim Head Coach Mike O’Connell.

On the international stage, Sullivan most recently served as Head Coach for the U.S. Men’s team at the 2007 World Championships in Russia. He also served as Assistant Coach for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

The Marshfield, Massachusetts, native played 709 career NHL games, collecting 136 points (54-82-136) and 203 penalty minutes with the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes. The centreman was originally selected by the NY Rangers 69th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to starting his professional hockey career, Sullivan spent four years with Boston University, recording 138 points (61-77-138) in 141 games.

Gulutzan joins the Canucks coaching staff after serving as the Head Coach of the Dallas Stars for the previous two seasons. While with the Stars, he compiled a record of 64-57-9. Prior to taking the role of Head Coach, the Pas, MB, native spent two years with the Stars AHL affiliate the Texas Stars. In his debut year with Texas in their inaugural season, he led the Stars to a Robert W. Clarke Trophy as the Western Conference Champions before falling to the eventual Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears in six games.

From 2003-09, Gulutzan served as Head Coach and General Manager of the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. While with the Wranglers, he compiled a 254-124-55 record, including three consecutive 100-plus point seasons. He led the Wranglers to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2008 and Conference Finals in 2009.

The 2005.06 ECHL Coach of the Year was three times an ECHL All-Star Game coach (2006-08) and led the Wranglers to the playoffs all but one season.

The former centreman spent time in Finland and Sweden playing professionally before retiring as a player with the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) Fresno Falcons. While with the Falcons, he set a club record when he collected 80 assists and 110 points in 60 games in 1996.97. He acted as a player/coach his final four seasons with the Falcons before moving to coaching full-time.

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