GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have hired former NHL forward Doug Sulliman as an Assistant Coach for Head Coach Wayne Gretzky’s staff. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to add Doug to the Coyotes coaching staff,” said Maloney. “He has a great hockey background and I believe will provide the kind of support our young players require to advance their development. He will be a valuable addition to our staff.”
Sulliman, 48, spent 11 years (1979-1990) as a player in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. In 631 career games, Sulliman recorded 160-168-328 and 175 penalty minutes (PIM). He also collected 1-3-4 in 16 career playoff games.
In 1981-82, Sulliman enjoyed a career year for the Hartford Whalers, establishing career-highs in goals (29), assists (40), points (69), PIM (39) and games played (77). Following the 1986-87 season, he received several team awards from the Devils, including the Players’ MVP, Fan Club MVP, Good Guy Award, and was the team’s Masterton Trophy nominee. He also won the team’s Three Star award in 1984-85.
The Glace Bay, Nova Scotia native also served as an assistant coach with New Jersey from 1990-1993, including one season as an assistant under the late Herb Brooks during the 1992-93 campaign. During Sulliman’s tenure with the Devils, the team posted a regular season record of 110-101-33 and qualified for the playoffs each year.
Sulliman, a first round draft pick (13th overall) by the New York Rangers in 1979, enjoyed a standout junior hockey career with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). In 201 career games, he registered 118-157-275 and 298 PIM.
Following his coaching stint with the Devils, Sulliman entered the business world, spending 11 years working on Wall Street and five years in the insurance industry. He also spent time as a television analyst for Devils broadcasts, calling games with Mike “Doc” Emrick during the 1995-96 season.
Sulliman and his wife, Barbara, have five daughters: Samantha, Teddy, Scarlett, Vivian and Thomason.