Mike Sullivan was named coach of the United States men’s ice hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Wednesday.
Sullivan is entering his seventh season as Pittsburgh Penguins coach and guided them to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017. The Penguins are 251-131-43 and have not missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs during Sullivan’s tenure.
Pittsburgh finished first in the eight-team MassMutual East Division last season (37-16-3) but lost to the New York Islanders in six games in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup First Round.
NHL participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics has not been finalized.
There is a pause in the NHL schedule from Feb. 7-22 if the League reaches an agreement with the NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation for NHL players to participate in the upcoming Olympics. Talks continue on outstanding issues, including securing appropriate COVID-19 insurance.
The NHL and NHLPA retain the authority to decide not to participate in the Olympics should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of the players, or for any other reason that may warrant such a decision. If NHL players don’t participate, the League will release a revised schedule that, to the greatest extent possible, will adopt the dates and games from the schedule announced Thursday.