Apr 25, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Steve Sullivan (15) shoots the puck during the second period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sullivan ’99.9 percent’ sure on retirement


NHL veteran Steve Sullivan is pondering retirement.

The 39-year-old from Timmins, Ontario, is preparing as if he’ll be playing this upcoming season, but as the man known as the “Timmins Tornado” takes a step back to reflect, he knows that his time on the ice is limited — as well as the time with his son.

“Everything has revolved around me for the last 17 years,” [Sullivan] said [to the Sault Star]. “I have a son who is starting high school next year and I’ve got limited time left with him before he goes off to college.”

Currently Sullivan is debating between playing another season after ending up with the New Jersey Devils this past season, the team he was drafted by in 1994. He is currently an unrestricted free agent that is in talks with other teams.

“I’m in no rush to make a decision,” he said.

Despite the coy answer, it seems like retirement could be in the cards for Sullivan.

“I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%,” he said. “I’ve had an unbelievable run.”

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