When the Penguins closed out last night’s game against the Blackhawks with a victory, it meant a 2-0-1 start for the team, but for head coach Mike Sullivan, it meant more.
The win over Chicago gave Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan his 253rd win as coach, making him the winningest coach in franchise history.
With the win, Sullivan moved over former head coach Dan Bylsma.
253 wins as a Penguins head coach - the most in franchise history.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 17, 2021
Enjoy this one, Coach Sullivan! pic.twitter.com/72rZfKA7uW
Sullivan spoke about Bylsma’s tenure as head coach, saying that he has a ‘ton of respect for his coaching ability; and that he ‘thought he did a great job’ with the team as head coach.
Mike Sullivan (253) surpassed Dan Bylsma (252) for most coaching wins in franchise history.— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) October 17, 2021
Sullivan was asked on Wednesday for his impressions of Bylsma's tenure as Penguins coach: pic.twitter.com/iseOPrfI3X
The Penguins head coach top-10 win records now stand as follows:
- Mike Sullivan, 253 wins
- Dan Bylsma, 252 wins
- Eddie Johnston, 232 wins
- Michel Therrien, 135 wins
- Scotty Bowman, 95 wins
- Johnny Wilson, 91 wins
- Red Kelly, 90 wins
- Bob Berry, 88 wins
- Kevin Constantine, 86 wins
- Ken Schinkel, 83 wins
Sullivan, Bylsma, Bowman, and Bob Johnson (not included in the top ten in wins) are among coaches in the organization to also have won the Stanley Cup.