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Skilled forward Doug Sulliman was born August 29, 1959 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A top-end scorer for the Ontario Hockey Association's Kitchener Rangers, for whom he had a 50-goal season in 68 games in 1977-78 and then piled up 115 points in 68 games the next season, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Sulliman was selected by the New York Rangers in the first round (13th overall) of the 1979 NHL Draft.

The player went on to play in 631 regular season games (160 goals, 168 assists, 328 points, 178 penalty minutes) and 16 playoff games (one goal, three assists, four points, two penalty minutes) in the National Hockey League. He saw duty with the Rangers, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils and Flyers. Sulliman's best campaign came in 1981-82 when he produced 29 goals, 40 assists and 69 points in 77 games for a Whalers team that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sulliman came to the Flyers organization on October 3, 1988 after being claimed off waivers from the New Jersey Devils right before opening night rosters were set for the 1988-89 season. He dressed in 52 regular season games (six goals, 12 points) and four playoff matches (zero points) for the Flyers that year as they followed a so-so regular season with a surprise run to the Wales Conference Final. The next season, Sulliman battled through a rib cage injury and dressed in 28 games (three goals, seven points) for coach Paul Holmgren's team. A knee injury ended his playing days.

After his playing career, Sulliman had three-season stints as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils (1990-91 to 1992-93) and Phoenix Coyotes (2008-09 to 2010-11). Away from hockey, he also worked in the construction business.