|GM Jim Rutherford and HC Mike Sullivan looking very "Dapper" indeed with their championship rings|
(Photo credit: NHL.com)
The entire Pittsburgh Penguins team were announced as "Pittsburghers of the Year" by Pittsburgh Magazine in mid-December. It would only be fitting for their head coach and general manager to be honored with an award as well.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette announced on January 16 that both Head Coach Mike Sullivan and General Manager Jim Rutherford would share the prestigious Co-Sportsmen of the Year award. This award is bestowed upon deserving male members of the Pittsburgh sports community by the Dapper Dan charity organization.
This will be the first time co-recipients have been awarded since 2011 when goalie Marc Andre Fleury and former head coach Dan Bylsma shared the title.
Sullivan and Rutherford will receive their honor at the annual Dapper Dan Dinner and Sports Auction, which is celebrating its 81st year. The event will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention center on February 15, 2017.
It will be a memorable evening for both gentlemen but even more so for Rutherford. He attended the award banquet back in the 1970's when he was still playing and said, "...it took me a long time to get to the main table."