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 Post subject: Re: Letter from Mike Sullivan
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:08 pm 

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fractalsteel wrote:
Louis Lipps Service wrote:
fractalsteel wrote:
We can't wait to see you in September. 120 days. Just over 17 weeks. It seems long, but the echo of your cheers will be loud enough for me to hear until we meet again."

As lucky as we are to have the core of the team we do, we are as lucky to have this guy as our leader behind the bench.

And, conversely, I came away from this thinking that Sully understands just how great he has it to be in Pittsburgh. He has what almost has to be the best ownership in the business for a head coach, an all time great as his Captain, another generational talent as his Assistant Captain, and a fan base that just wants him to succeed while also understanding just how bad Penguins hockey was just 15 years ago.

I think he understands the best way to succeed in this town is to become part of it, and it's a message he pushes to his players as well.

Like most professionals, I'll wager that Sullivan learned early on in his NHL career that if you embrace the community and are a solid part of its citizenry then that community will embrace you back as well.
Sullivan probably got his first taste of the Pens organization when he became the HC at WBS. When he took the HC position with the big team he saw first hand what a top-notch organization Mario and Burkle have built.

In place already where the foundations that Fleury, Crosby and Letang, to name a few had built. I know that Flower was a big part of the Pittsburgh community. Letang as well. And how many kids have Sid put in hockey gear over the years? Thousands.
Like Mario, Crosby has helped the youth push for hockey development in Western PA now for the past decade. Ditto for Letang and Fleury as well.

Sullivan was an excellent person to add to what is already a top-notch organization in the NHL.

I read the other day that Sid gave away his ten thousandth set of equipment to a kid who lost everything in a house fire. Class act.

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