"He's been here and knows the players well, and he's an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching. Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and International levels."
-- Brian Lawton, Lightning GM
– Former Tampa Bay Lightning
Associate Coach Mike Sullivan has returned to the team and will serve as associate coach to Interim Head Coach Rick Tocchet
, Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton
In addition, Assistant Coach Cap Raeder will become goaltending coach and oversee the development of the organization's netminders in Tampa Bay, Norfolk of the American Hockey League and Augusta of the ECHL, as well as unsigned prospects in the system. Wes Walz
remains as an assistant coach on Tocchet’s staff.
"We are excited to add Mike to our coaching staff," Lawton said. "He's been here and knows the players well, and he's an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching. Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and International levels."
Prior to joining the Lightning for the 2007-08 season, Sullivan served as head coach for the U.S. Men's team at the 2007 World Championships in Russia. In his first season as head coach of the Boston Bruins
in 2003-04, Sullivan led the team to the Northeast Division title and the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with a mark of 41-19-15-7 and 104 points. In his sophomore year with Boston Sullivan led them to a 29-37-16 record. In 164 regular season games as a head coach he had a record of 70-56-15-23 with a 3-4 playoff record.
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