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Sullivan ‘99.9 percent’ sure he’s going to retire

Jul 29, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

Steve Sullivan

The 2013 season may have been the last for Steve Sullivan.

The veteran forward, who turned 39 in early July, said that while he’s not ready to officially announce his plans for the future, he’s very close to having reached a decision.

“I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%,” he told the Timmins Daily Press about the possibility of retiring. “I’ve had an unbelievable run.”

Sullivan split last year between Phoenix and New Jersey — the Devils acquired him at the trade deadline — and he had a decent campaign, scoring 17 points in 42 games.

But with August creeping up and only “very informal” discussions with a few teams about employment for next season, Sullivan is ready to acknowledge his 17-year career could be coming to a close.

Sullivan appeared in over 1,000 NHL contests and enjoyed some banner seasons playing with Chicago and Nashville during the 2K era. He scored a career-high 34 goals with the Blackhawks in 2000-01 and, in the first year following the 2004-05 lockout, put up a 31-goal, 68-point effort in his first full season with the Predators.

(That’s not to say his half-season in Nashville wasn’t any good. After being acquired from Chicago during the 2003-04 season, he posted 30 points in 24 games.)

While he’s not looking to get into coaching anytime soon — “not a very stable position,” he says — Sullivan is hoping to remain active in the game.

“When the day comes, when we do announce the retirement, I definitely would love to stay in the game in some form, or fashion, for sure,” he explained.

  1. modellforprez - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Well if this is it old man, Let me say the one year you spent in our city chasing Lord Stanley’s Finest we enjoyed the ride and wish Sully the best

  2. slysipops - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    great guy! hope you the best steve ! a little guy……………BUT A MAN’S MAN !

  3. taytay099 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I’ll always remember him for this:

    • slysipops - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      WOW ! somehow i must have missed seeing this . how sweet it was ! i can always remember DOMI ( TORONTO ) squirting water at the idiot green men at VANCOUVER . i always wished a LEAF fan in the building would run up and throw one of the TROLLS in the box with TYE !!!

  4. vshehane - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Great guy. Always welcome in Nashville.

  5. dprouse - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I always liked watching Sullivan play, and thought he was consistently one of the most underrated guys in the game. It’s a shame he didn’t get a chance to play more games foe Team Canada, because he was great on the big ice the few times he did. One of the good guys…

  6. tmi3rd - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Great player, and an absolutely wonderful guy in person. He was delightful when he came by our station in Nashville, and we were lucky to have him as long as we did there.

    Good luck, Sully, and thanks for signing my jersey!

  7. vshehane - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Best memory, his hat trick in his first game in Nashville. Thanks for many great memories.

  8. kane987245 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    As a Devils fan, glad to know that the guy we drafted ended his career here. Great player and person. Thanks for the memories!

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