Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan took the Stanley Cup back to his roots in the greater Boston area Wednesday.
Sullivan, a Marshfield, Mass., native, started the day by bringing the Cup to Boston College High School, where he played hockey and graduated in 1986.
Sullivan also discussed how his tenure at BC High, a New England hockey powerhouse, played an important role in his ascension through the NHL and as a Stanley Cup-winning coach.
Sullivan graduated from Boston University and played 709 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes. He started his coaching career with the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate in Providence shortly after his retirement in 2002, and served as Bruins coach from 2003-06.
After six seasons as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, Sullivan was named coach of the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on June 18, 2015. He took over as Penguins coach after Mike Johnston was fired Dec. 12, 2015 and guided them to their third Stanley Cup championship.