Penguins give coach Mike Sullivan three-year extension

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The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to a three-year extension with coach Mike Sullivan on Tuesday that runs through the 2026-27 season.

The extension begins following the 2023-24 campaign. Financial details weren’t announced.

Sullivan has been Pittsburgh’s coach for the past seven seasons and guided the club to Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.

Penguins extend Mike Sullivan

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May 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan (middle) reacts on the bench against the New York Islanders in game two of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

“Mike is one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League and it was important for us to have him signed long term,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said in a news release. “He is a great leader that finds success through communication, honesty and accountability. We know that Sully is committed to continuing a winning culture here in Pittsburgh.”

Sullivan, 54, has a 297-156-54 regular-season record since taking over the Penguins in December 2015. He has won a franchise-record 44 postseason games.

“This is a wonderful day for the entire organization with Mike committing to remain as head coach for the long term with the Penguins,” Fenway Sports Group principal owner John Henry said in the release. “He has clearly demonstrated what an effective leader he is and it’s evident how well players respond to his philosophy and work ethic night after night, month after month.”

Sullivan, a native of Marshfield, Mass., also coached the Boston Bruins for two seasons earlier in his career, ending with the 2005-06 season. He is 367-212-15 in nine seasons as an NHL head coach.

Pittsburgh went 46-25-11 (103 points) last season and lost to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

Sullivan spent 11 seasons (1991-2002) as a player and had 54 goals and 82 assists with four teams in 709 games.

–Field Level Media