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John Cullen
Born August 2, 1964 (1964-08-02) (age 57)
Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 10th overall
1986 Supplemental Draft
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1987–1998

John Cullen (born Barry John Cullen on August 2, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was a standout player for Boston University and is the school's all-time leading scorer & after the Buffalo Sabres selected him in the 1986 NHL Supplemental Draft but chose not to offer him a contract, John signed with the Flint Spirits of the International Hockey League (IHL) for the 1987–88 season where he was named the IHL's co-Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player after leading the league in scoring.

John's career was halted in 1997 when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He attempted a brief comeback in 1998 after an 18-month battle with the disease, for which the NHL awarded him the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy before retiring to serve as an assistant coach for a year with the Lightning.

Playing Career

Career Statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Boston University ECAC 40 23 33 56 28
1984–85 Boston University HE 41 27 32 59 46
1985–86 Boston University HE 43 25 49 74 54
1986–87 Boston University HE 36 23 29 52 35
1987–88 Flint Spirits IHL 81 48 109 157 113 16 11 15 26 16
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 12 37 49 112 11 3 6 9 28
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 32 60 92 138
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 31 63 94 83
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 8 8 16 18 6 2 7 9 10
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 26 51 77 141 7 2 1 3 12
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 5 4 9 58
1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 13 28 41 53 12 2 3 5 0
1993–94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 13 17 30 67 3 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 13 24 37 66 9 0 2 2 8
1995–96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 76 16 34 50 65 5 3 3 6 0
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 18 37 55 95
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 6 2 7 9 0
NHL totals 621 187 363 550 898 53 12 22 34 58

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Canada WC 4th 10 1 3 4 0
International totals 10 1 3 4 0

Accolades

Award Year
College
ECAC Rookie of the Year 1983–84
All-Hockey East First Team 1984–85
1985–86
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1985–86
All-Hockey East Second Team 1986–87
IHL
Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy
First Team All-Star
1987–88
NHL
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 1998–99

Personal Life

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