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George Sullivan
Position centre
Shot Left
Nickname(s) Red
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
160 lb (73 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 24, 1929,
Peterborough, ONT, CAN
Pro Career 1949 – 1961

George "Red" Sullivan (born December 24, 1929, in Peterborough, Ontario) was a professional player in the National Hockey League from 1949 to 1961.

Playing Career

George "Red" Sullivan began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins (1949 - 1953). He also played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1954 - 1956) and the New York Rangers (1956 - 1961). Sullivan was nearly killed when Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens speared him in the stomach and ruptured his spleen. A Catholic priest was even called to deliver his last rites yet he survived and resumed his duties with the New York Rangers. During 556 NHL games, he scored 107 goals and 239 assists for 346 points.

Coaching Career

Sullivan became coach of the Rangers during the 1962–63 season when fans began to demand that Muzz Patrick resign. He coached a rather bad team until December 1965 when Emile Francis decided that he would take over as coach.

Sullivan then coached the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first season. After finishing fifth and out of the playoffs two years in a row, Sullivan was fired.

During the 1974-1975 NHL season, Sullivan replaced Jim Anderson as head coach of the expansion Washington Capitals. Sullivan posted a 2-16 record as head coach and was replaced later that season by Milt Schmidt.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Harry Howell
New York Rangers captains
Succeeded by
Andy Bathgate
Preceded by
First coach
Head Coaches of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Succeeded by
Red Kelly
Preceded by
Jim Anderson
Head Coaches of the Washington Capitals
Succeeded by
Milt Schmidt
New York Rangers Head Coaches
PatrickBoucherL. PatrickColvilleCook • Boucher • M. PatrickWatson • M. Patrick • PikeHarvey • M. Patrick • SullivanFrancisGeoffrion • Francis • Popein • Francis • StewartFergusonTalbotSheroC. PatrickBrooks • C. Patrick • SatorWebsterEspositoBergeron • Esposito • NeilsonSmithKeenanCampbellMucklerTortorellaLowTrottierSatherRenney • Tortorella • VigneaultQuinn
Washington Capitals Head Coaches
AndersonSullivanSchmidtMcVieBelisleGreenCrozierB. MurrayT. MurraySchoenfeldWilsonCassidyHanlonBoudreauD. HunterOatesTrotzReirdenLaviolette
Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coaches
G. SullivanKellySchinkelBoileauWilsonE. JohnstonAngottiBerryCreamerUbriacoPatrickJohnsonBowmanConstantineBrooksHlinkaKehoeOlczykTherrienBylsmaM. JohnstonM. Sullivan

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