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Sullivan named U.S. coach for 2025 4 Nations Face-Off and 2026 Olympic Games

Mike Sullivan will coach the United States at the 2025 4 Nations Face-Off and the 2026 Milano Cortina Olympic Games.

Sullivan just completed his ninth season as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, whom he led to two Stanley Cup appearances.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach our team at these two very important international events,” said Sullivan. “It has been great to see the progress we have made in hockey in our country over my lifetime. Having the opportunity to lead our best players is an honor and a challenge that I am very much looking forward to.”

The first 4 Nations Face-Off will be a best-on-best tournament featuring only NHL players, with the US, Canada, Finland and Sweden participating from February 12-20. They will play seven matches over a nine-day period in yet-to-be-named cities in North America, one in the US and one in Canada.

The 2026 Winter Olympics will be held from February 6 to 22 in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. It is the first time since 2014 that NHL players will participate in the Olympic Games.

“We are excited to have Mike mentor our teams,” said Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin, the general manager of the US 4 Nations Face-Off and the 2026 Olympic men’s team. “He is one of the very best coaches in the sport and his background, including in international hockey, is well suited to put our team in the best position to win.”

Sullivan, a native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, is 375-219-77 in nine seasons with the Penguins and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017. This season, Pittsburgh was 38-32-12, finishing three points behind Washington. Capitals for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

In eleven seasons as an NHL coach with the Penguins and Boston Bruins (2003-2006), Sullivan is 445-275-100 with 15 draws, and 47-42 in the playoffs.

Sullivan has been a part of USA Hockey for five decades, starting in 1988 when he played for the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He also played for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 1997 IIHF Men’s World Championship. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2016 Hockey World Cup and the 2006 Turin Olympics. Sullivan also coached the US at the 2007 World Cup and served as an assistant at the 2008 World Cup.

“Mike Sullivan is not only a great coach, but also someone with a strong passion for USA Hockey,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “He is a world-class leader and has been an important part of hockey in our country for a long time.”

The teams in the 4 Nations Face-Off are expected to announce the first six players on their rosters in early summer.