Professional Hockey Player, Coach. For thirteen seasons (1949 to 1961, some sources say 10 to 14 seasons) he played at the center position in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, and the New York Rangers. Born George James Sullivan in Peterborough, Ontario, he played four seasons with the St. Catherine Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association (1947 to 1950), prior to joining the Boston Bruins. After his time with the Bruins (1949 to 1953) he joined the Blackhawks and spent three seasons (1954 to 1956) with them. He then joined the New York Rangers and spent six seasons (1956 to 1961) with them. In one famous game with the Rangers he was almost killed by defenceman Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens when he speared him in the stomach and ruptured his spleen. A priest was even called in to perform last rites, but he recovered from his injuries and finished out his NHL career with the Rangers. He lastly played in the minors for the Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers of the Eastern Pacific Hockey League (1961 to 1962) and the Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League (1962 to 1963), before hanging up his skates. In 557 career regular season games, he compiled 107 goals, with 239 assists for 346 points. During the course of his career, he was known for his knack for setting up goals, showing leadership, providing tenacious forechecking and having an ability to needle his opponents with a truculent flair. After retiring as a player, he turned to coaching and served as a coach for the New York Rangers for five seasons (1962 to 1966), Pittsburgh Penguins for three seasons (1967 to 1969), and the Washington Capitals for one season (1974 to 1975). He also served many years as a scout for Boston, Philadelphia and NHL Central Scouting. For his contributions to the sport of hockey he was inducted into the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame in Peterborough, Ontario in 1980. In 2009, he was ranked No. 66 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book "100 Ranger Greats". He also has a life size billboard image of himself at the city's Hunter Street Bridge near the Quaker Oats Building which was dedicated in 2013. He passed away from complications of Alzheimer's disease in his native Peterborough at the age of 89.
Bio by: Peterborough K