Head coach Mike Sullivan agrees to extend contract with the Penguins

PITTSBURGH – Mike Sullivan, the winning coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins history, has been in business for a while.

Sullivan, who led the Penguins to two Stanley Cup titles, on Tuesday agreed to a three-year contract extension that expires at the end of the 2026-2027 season.

“Words cannot express my respect and appreciation for what we have accomplished during my time with the Penguins,” Sullivan said in a press release.

“It is a testament to the strength of character of the people and players in this organization, and the standard of excellence that we have collectively set.”

The 54-year-old Sullivan has been 297-156-54 in the regular season and 44-38 in the playoffs since taking charge in December 2015. His reign with the Penguins includes wins in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016 and 2017.

A native of Massachusetts, Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup at least twice. He is also one of two head coaches in NHL history to win trophies in each of his first two years off the bench.

“He has clearly shown what he is as an effective leader,” said John Henry, owner of Fenway Sports Group, which bought the franchise last winter.

“And you can clearly see how much the players have responded to his philosophy and work ethic, night after night, month after month.”

The contract extension comes on the heels of a busy season for the Penguins, who were eliminated by the New York Rangers in seven games in the first round of the final playoffs.

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Over the summer, the Penguins signed new contracts to veterans Evgeni Malkin, Kristopher Letang and Bryan Rust, with the goal of keeping as many core team members around as Captain Sidney Crosby as possible.

That includes the core of Sullivan, whose new deal outlives – at least for now – the existing contracts of Crosby and Malkin.

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