Acquired: Acquired from Chicago for a second-round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft and a second-round selection in the 2005 Entry Draft on February 16, 2004.
Drafted: NJD / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (233rd overall)
2009-10: Led the team in assists (34) and tied for the team lead in points (51)… One of three players to dress for all 82 of the team’s games, tying a career high… Ranked second on the team in game-winning goals (4)… Nashville went 11-1-2 in the 14 games where he registered a goal, and the team has posted a 157-89-27 (.623) all-time record with him in the lineup… Posted 17 points (5g-12a) in Nashville’s 20 home games after the calendar turned to 2010… Posted a team-best +9 plus/minus rating on home ice… Notched his 400th career assist on March 21 at St. Louis… Scored his 250th career goal on Feb. 4 vs. Colorado… Set a franchise record with his fourth hat trick as a Predator on Dec. 14 at Columbus, three years to the day after his sixth career three-goal game… Played in his 800th career game on Dec. 19 at Calgary… Put a career-high 11 shots on net on Nov. 14 vs. Montreal, tied for the second-highest total in franchise history. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the team’s postseason contests, ranking second in assists (3)… Posted his first multi-point playoff performance since April 26, 1999 in Game Three (2a).
2008-09: Won the 2009 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy giving to “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” becoming the first player in franchise history to win an NHL award… Returned to action on Jan. 10, 2009 vs. Chicago after missing 142 straight regular-season games and 11 playoff contests due to a back injury. The layoff spanned 687 days, making him just the third player in the post-World War II era to miss more than 600 days due to injury, then return to action (joining Jim Peplinski, Calgary and Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh)… Nashville went 22-14-5 with him in the lineup and 18-20-3 without him… Notched 27 points (11g-16a) in the final 25 games of the season… Posted his 600th career NHL point with an assist on March 28 vs. Los Angeles, then scored the overtime game winner later that night… Registered his first point in 154 games in the second contest of his return – Jan. 13, 2009 at Toronto, and netted his first goal in two years on Feb. 18, 2009 at Detroit.
2007-08: Missed the entire season due to a back injury.
2006-07: Finished fourth on the team in scoring (22g-38a-60pts) despite playing in just 57 games… Tied for third on the team in game-winning goals (4) and finished 10th in the NHL in shooting percentage (18.0%)… Led the team in shorthanded goals (3) and ranked fourth on the team in power-play points (6g-17a-23pts)… Posted 17 multi-point games, including six three-point contests… Scored the game-winning goal (3g-2a-5pts) in three straight games from Jan. 5-9… Notched his sixth career hat trick in a 6-0 win vs. Ottawa on Dec. 14. It was the franchise's second natural hat trick and set a team record for the fastest three goals by an individual (5:56)… Missed 24 games, including the final 19 games of the season, due to injury.
2005-06: Tied for the team lead with 31 goals and ranked second on the club in scoring (31g-37a-68pts)… Tied for third on the club in assists (37) and tied for second in game-winning goals (5)… Finished second on the club with a career-high 13 power-play goals and third on the team with 34 power-play points (13g-21a)… Posted four straight multi-point games (2g-7a-9pts) from March 7-14… Registered his 500th career point and 300th assist at Calgary on March 7… Scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season at Detroit on Jan. 24, tying him for the franchise record. The goal also marked the 200th of his career… Scored his 20th and 21st goal of the season vs. the N.Y. Islanders on Jan. 10, reaching the 20-goal mark in a season faster than any other player in franchise history (38 games)… Named the NHL Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 17 (4g-3a-7pts in three Nashville victories)… Missed 13 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Posted two assists in five playoff games.
2003-04: Notched a career-high with 49 assists, tying for ninth in the NHL… Also registered career-highs in shots (218) and average ice time (20:55)… Became the first Predator to record two four-point games in one season… Named NHL Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 23 (3gp, 5g-5a-10pts). Tied a franchise record with 10 points in three consecutive games and became the second player in NHL history to post 10-or-more points in his first three games with a new team (Wayne Gretzky accomplished the feat with Los Angeles in 1988)… Acquired by Nashville on Feb. 16 and posted his fourth career hat trick (along with an assist) in his first game as a Predator on Feb. 18 vs. San Jose… One of three players (along with Jukka Hentunen and Denis Grebeshkov) to compile a multi-point effort in his Nashville debut. The first Predator to score three power-play goals in a single game and the first player since L.A.’s Dominic Lavoie (Oct. 9, 1993 vs. Detroit) to score three-or-more goals in his debut with a team… Led Chicago in scoring (15g-28a-43pts) at the time of the trade. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six WCQ games with Nashville… Ranked second among team forwards in average ice time (18:58)… Scored the game-winning goal in Game Four (April 13 vs. Detroit)… Awarded a penalty shot vs. Manny Legace (no goal) in Game One (April 7 at Detroit).
CAREER NOTES: Played in a career-high 82 games with Chicago in 2002-03… Led the Blackhawks in goals (26), points (61) and multi-point games (14) and ranked second in assists (35) in 2002-03… Registered a career-high 67 penalty minutes in 2001-02… Ranked among NHL leaders with team-highs in game-winning goals (tied for fourth with 8) and game-tying goals (tied for fourth with 2) in 2001-02… Selected as the 2001-02 FOX Sports Net/March of Dimes Blackhawk of the Year… Named NHL Player of the Month for Dec. 2001 (16gp, 7g-11a-18pts, +11)… Notched career-highs in goals (34) and points (75) in 2000-01… Led the NHL in shorthanded goals (8) and shorthanded points (8g-2a-10pts) in 2000-01… Led Chicago in points and assists (41) in 2000-01… Tallied two shorthanded goals 51 seconds apart on Jan. 26, 2001 at Colorado… Served as an alternate captain for Canada at the 2001 World Championships in Germany… Led Chicago in assists (42) and plus-minus rating (+19) in 1999-00… Made his international debut as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, and tied for second in the tournament with three power-play goals… Led Toronto and ranked eighth in the NHL with a shooting percentage of 18.2% in 1998-99… Played in 13 of Toronto’s 17 playoff games in 1999… Played 63 games with Toronto in 1997-98, including his 100th NHL game on Dec. 27 vs. Detroit… Led Toronto with a +14 rating in 1996-97… Started the 1996-97 season with Albany (AHL), was recalled to New Jersey after 15 games and then traded to Toronto on Feb. 25, 1997… Named the NHL Rookie of the Month in March 1997 and a runner-up in February… Scored a goal in his NHL debut on Feb. 23, 1996 vs. Montreal… Named a First-Team AHL All-Star in 1995-96… Appeared in the 1995 and 1996 AHL All-Star Games… A member of the 1995 AHL Calder Cup Champion Albany River Rats… Led AHL rookies and his team in scoring in 1994-95 with 81 points (31g-50a).
AMATEUR: Played two OHL seasons (1992-94) with Sault Ste. Marie, posting 87 goals and 89 assists (87g-89a-176pts) in 125 games… A member of the 1993 Memorial Cup Champion Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
BACKGROUND: Enjoys golf and wine collecting... Fluent in English and French… Spends his summers in Timmins, Ontario… Favorites include The Godfather (movie), Entourage (TV show), Garth Brooks (band/musician), Al Pacino (actor), steak (food) and Hawaii (vacation spot)… Enjoys Nashville for its country music… Chose his number (26) because his cousin (Bob Sullivan) wore it with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers during the 1982-83 season… Nickname, “Sully”… Wife – Kristen; Sons – Aidyn, Garner and Drake; Daughter – Karlisle.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 16, 2004 – Acquired by Nashville from Chicago for a second-round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft (Ryan Garlock) and a second-round selection in the 2005 Entry Draft (Michael Blunden)… Oct. 23, 1999 – Claimed on waivers by Chicago from Toronto… Feb. 25, 1997 – Acquired by Toronto with Jason Smith and Alyn McCauley from New Jersey for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett and New Jersey’s third-round choice (previously acquired; New Jersey selected Andre Lakos) in the 1999 Entry Draft… June 24, 1994 – New Jersey’s 10th choice, 233rd overall (ninth round), in the 1994 Entry Draft.
CAREER PENALTY SHOTS (7)
• March 6, 1999 at Ottawa (Tugnutt): no goal
• Nov. 15, 2002 vs. Washington (Kolzig): no goal
• Feb. 25, 2003 vs. Philadelphia (Cechmanek): no goal
• Nov. 10, 2005 vs. Dallas (Turco): no goal
• Dec. 7, 2005 at Washington (Kolzig): no goal
• Dec. 23, 2005 at Columbus (Denis): no goal
• Jan. 8, 2006 at Chicago (Anderson): goal
CAREER HAT TRICKS (7)
• Dec. 14, 2009 vs. Columbus
• Dec. 14, 2006 vs. Ottawa
• Nov. 10, 2005 vs. Dallas
• Feb. 18, 2004 vs. San Jose
• March 9, 2003 vs. Boston
• Dec. 21, 2000 vs. Vancouver
• April 10, 1999 vs. Florida