Sullivan promoted to Coyotes assistant general manager

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(TSX / STATS) -- Steve Sullivan signed a multi-year contract to serve as the Arizona Coyotes' assistant general manager, the team announced on Thursday.

"Steve has done an excellent job in his role as our director of player development and he is very deserving of this promotion," said Coyotes GM John Chayka. "Steve is a Coyotes alumni who has played over 1,000 games in the NHL. He offers a unique and important perspective to our staff. I'm confident that he's ready to take on this new role with increased responsibilities and I look forward to working with him."

Sullivan, 42, joined the Coyotes hockey operations department in September 2014 as the team's development coach. On May, 26, 2016, he was promoted to director of player development. In his new role, Sullivan will serve as the general manager for the AHL Tucson Roadrunners in addition to overseeing the Coyotes' amateur player development staff.

"I'm very excited about my new role with the Coyotes," said Sullivan. "I'm very grateful to John for his belief in me and look forward to helping him build a winning team in the Valley for years to come. We have a great nucleus of young, talented players in our organization and an extremely bright future ahead."

Prior to joining the Coyotes front office, Sullivan played 16 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Coyotes, scoring 290 goals and 457 assists in 1,011 career NHL games.

Chris O'Hearn will continue to serve as the Coyotes assistant GM of hockey operations, Jake Goldberg will take over as the team's director of hockey operations and Dave Griffiths will serve as the club's director of team services.

Updated May 18, 2017