GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the club has signed Steve Sullivan to a multi-year contract to serve as the club's assistant general manager.
Chris O'Hearn will continue to serve as the Coyotes assistant general manager/hockey operations. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Steve has done an excellent job in his role as our director of player development and he is very deserving of this promotion," said Chayka. "Steve is a Coyotes alumni who has played over 1,000 games in the NHL. He offers a unique and important perspective to our staff. I'm confident that he's ready to take on this new role with increased responsibilities and I look forward to working with him."
Sullivan, 42, joined the Coyotes hockey operations department on September 8, 2014 as the team's development coach. On May, 26, 2016, he was promoted to director of player development. In his new role, Sullivan will serve as the general manager for the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) in addition to overseeing the Coyotes' amateur player development staff.
"I'm very excited about my new role with the Coyotes," said Sullivan. "I'm very grateful to John for his belief in me and look forward to helping him build a winning team in the Valley for years to come. We have a great nucleus of young, talented players in our organization and an extremely bright future ahead."
Prior to joining the Coyotes front office, Sullivan played 16 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Coyotes.
The Timmins, Ontario native totaled 290-457-747 in 1,011 career NHL games. He also recorded 9-14-23 in 50 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. Sullivan collected 5-7-12 in 33 contests with the Coyotes in 2012-13, and appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game on March 28, 2013 against Nashville.
In 2009, Sullivan was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded each year to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Sullivan became the first player in Predators history to win an NHL award.
The Coyotes also announced today that Jake Goldberg has joined the club as the team's director of hockey operations and Dave Griffiths will serve as the club's director of team services.
Goldberg joins the Coyotes after four seasons with the London Knights (OHL) where he served as the team's assistant director of scouting and assistant general manager and director of analytics.
Griffiths comes to the Coyotes after 17 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. While with the Leafs, he worked 10 years as the club's manager of team services and previously served as the Leafs' manager of media relations.