Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Where Are They Now? - Danny Sullivan, Goalie, Roanoke Valley Rebels

Netminder Danny Sullivan backstopped the Roanoke Valley Rebels to the EHL Playoff Finals in 1972-73. The photo to the right shows Sullivan with the Philadelphia Fireirds of the NAHL. Here's an article from the December 8, Kimberley (BC) Daily Bulletin on Sullivan's return home.
Dan Sully Sullivan returns to Kimberley

Carolyn Grant photo
Dan Sullivan gives Bob Misuraca a trim.

There is a new barber in Kimberley. Actually, Dan Sullivan, who recently opened his barber shop next to the Grub Stake Diner (in the Royal Bank Plaza), has been a barber in Nelson for 10 years.

Sully was born and raised here in Kimberley and left to pursue a professional hockey career as a goal tender for the Roanoke Rebels in the Eastern Hockey League. After stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, Dan ended his career in Nelson for the Maple Leafs (WIHL) after the 1978 season.

A quick Bio: Growing up here in Kimberley, Sully was a minor hockey phenom as a forward. At 15, Danny put the pads on for the first time, backstopping the Kimberley Juveniles to the BC Championship when they defeated Summerland in the final. Kimberley was coached by Gerry Barre and Bob McDonald.

Sully played senior hockey in Cranbrook for the Royals and the Spokane Jets before turning pro in 1972.

He became a certified golf instructor under Moe Norman, teaching the method "natural golf" in Spokane on weekends while barbering 5 days a week in Nelson.

Kimberley has been down to 1 barbershop since Bill Dubé moved his shop to Summerland 8 years ago. Cranbrook has 2 barbershops and now Kimberley balances things a bit with the addition of Sully's Barber Shop.

Dan's wife Sandra, is a Kimberley girl and is enjoying being back in the area. Their 13 years old granddaughter Antonia is quite the skiing enthusiast and likes the fact that her great grandmother Kay Sullivan lives here in Kimberley. I remember Danny learned to ski on a $20.00 pair of Thunderbirds, when season ski passes were $30. How times have changed! On a personal note, I roomed with Sully in 1966 when he was playing Junior Hockey for the Burnaby Lakers.

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