Friday, June 20, 2003
Updated: June 23, 11:26 AM ET
Sullivan expected to move up to head coach
BOSTON -- The worst-kept secret in Boston is expected to
be revealed Monday.
The Boston Bruins have scheduled a Monday morning news
conference to introduce their new coach, widely rumored to be
Mike Sullivan, who ended the 2002-03 season as an assistant with
The position has been vacant since general manager Mike
O'Connell fired Robbie Ftorek on March 18 and went behind the
bench on an interim basis. He also named Sullivan an assistant.
Sullivan had been coaching Boston's American Hockey League
affiliate in Providence, where he returned for the AHL playoffs.
The Bruins had scheduled a news conference to introduce their
coach for Wednesday but postponed it because of a scheduling
conflict. Monday's gathering is set for 11 a.m. ET at the
Sullivan, 35, would become the youngest coach in the NHL, just
ahead of Carolina's Paul Maurice. He spent 10 seasons in the
NHL as a center, totaling 53 goals and 80 assists in 667 games.
The Bruins got off to a 19-4-3-1 start last season but went
17-27-8-3 in their last 55 games. They were eliminated in the
first round of the playoffs by the Stanley Cup champion New
Jersey Devils, remaining without a series victory since 1999.