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Matt Cullen Hired For New Role With Penguins

'Dad' has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hockey operations department in a player development role.

August 01, 2019 - 11:32 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Matt Cullen may have retired from the ice, but “Dad” isn’t going to be far away from the Penguins.

After a 21-year playing career in the NHL, Cullen has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hockey operations department in a player development role.

Pens’ general manager Jim Rutherford made the announcement Thursday morning.

In a release the Penguins say that Cullen “will work closely with Rutherford, head coach Mike Sullivan and his coaching staff.”

“Matt’s knowledge of the game and understanding of our organization will make him a valuable asset moving forward,” said Rutherford. “With over 20 years in the NHL and three Stanley Cups, we are certain he will continue to have a positive influence on our players.”

“Cully was a cerebral player with great leadership skills,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. “He is a natural coach who will offer great insight to our coaching staff and to our players. We look forward to adding him to our staff.”

Over his two-decade career, Cullen played in Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, New York Rangers Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

He won three Stanley Cups during his career, one with Carolina and two with the Penguins.

Cullen has 266 lifetime goals with 465 assists for a total of 731 NHL points.

The 42-year-old Cullen was an important part of the Penguins back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017. He had a total of 15 points in the two championship years.

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