Names of 232 others had been called in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft before Steve Sullivan finally heard his. The New Jersey Devils called his name with two rounds and some change left in the annual event but not because he lacked skill or impressive offensive numbers. After all, he was coming off a 113-point season with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Sullivan’s long wait came because of his size. At 5’8″, 150 pounds, he wasn’t exactly built for the rigors of the pro game.
“I think my one asset was being able to skate,” Sullivan said.
Oh, but he would bring so much more than that to the NHL. You don’t last this long in the best league in the world just because you’re a good skater.
Only 284 players have ever played 1,000 games in their career and, tonight, Sullivan will become the 285th.
“I’ve been looking at that number for a long time,” Sullivan admitted. “It’s a number that not very many people get to accomplish and I set that as my goal back in 2009 when I came back (from i