Sullivan Returns To Practice After The Death Of His Father

Shelby Cassesse
September 21, 2018 - 2:44 pm

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CRANBERRY (93.7 The Fan) - Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan returned to practice Friday after taking some time off to be with his family following the passing of his father, George Sullivan.

Sullivan said he was glad to be back, but discussed what his father meant to him and his career.

"None of us get here alone," he said during Friday's press conference. "It takes a lot of support and people that love you along the way that make sacrifices to help you achieve success, and I'm no different. I obviously had a very good relationship with my father and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to experience the Stanley Cups with him. I think that was the thrill of his life, and it was certainly the thrill of my life to be able to share it with him." 

Though Sullivan said his dad were close, it seems as if the elder Sullivan always had something to say about his son's team. 

"He was never short of an opinion about our team, but he was a huge Penguins fan. He loved the Penguins." 

George Sullivan passed away in Massachusetts on Saturday, September 15 at the age of 81.