The Timmins Tornado is moving up to the Arizona Coyotes’ front office.

The Coyotes have announced Steve Sullivan will be their new Assistant General Manager, backing up current GM John Chayka.

Sullivan has signed a multi-year agreement with the NHL franchise.  He was previously the team’s Player Development Coach, hired back in September 2014 and moved to Director of Player Development nearly a year ago to the day (May 26, 2016).

“Steve has done an excellent job in his role as our Director of Player Development and he is very deserving of this promotion,” Chayka said in a release.

“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.”

Added Sullivan: “I’m very excited about my new role with the Coyotes.  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.”

The 2009 Bill Masterton Trophy winner spent 16 seasons in the NHL with New Jersey, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh, before finishing his career with the Coyotes.

He played in 1,011 career games in that stretch, scoring 290 goals and 457 assists, for 747 points in the regular season.

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