Mullen Added to Giants D
A familiar name is returning to the Belfast Giants, a name that could give the defense some insurance down the stretch. Welcome back defenseman Patrick Mullen.
Mullen is returning to the Giants for the remainder of the 2021/22 season after not playing last season. There is no word if he plans to continue playing next season.
Mullen, 35, is the son of hockey Hall of Famer Joe Mullen, who spent many years in the NHL. Patrick gives Belfast depth on defense, which could be important as the Giants have only a hand full of games remaining.
Mullen has the luxury of playing either defense or forward, although he spent most of his career on the blueline. He does not have elite speed, but has experience and is a good two-way player.
Mullen plays an important role on defense as he has played many years. He plays a complete game and can use that experience to know when to step into the offensive zone or stay back and help his netminder.
Patrick mullen last played professional hockey during the 2019/20 season with Belfast. His offensive totals included 5 goals and 15 assists for 20 points and 16 penalty minutes in 30 games.
He can join the rush just like a forward and, in fact, his puck handling skills are better than some forwards. His work on the power play is second to none, while his defense on the penalty kill is something to see.
Mullen came back to Belfast because he knows they have the talent to win a championship and wants to add a title to his impressive resume. Belfast remains 2 points ahead of the Sheffield Steelers with the remaining schedule coming down to the last days.
The Giants now have a defense that is capable of taking over a game and allowing the offense to completely take advantage of the opposing defense. The Belfast defense has been impressive the whole season so far, not allowing the opposition room to create offense.
With the season winding down Mullen could play a pivotal role in the defense. His experience will come in handy and lead the entire team to wins down the stretch.
Aside from playing overseas Mullen has playing experience in the American Hockey League. He has played 8 years in the AHL, totaling 394 games. Mullen’s offensive totals are good, recording 40 goals and 136 assists for 176 points, along with 219 penalty minutes.
This Belfast team is one of the more complete teams in the EIHL, playing together as a unit game after game. Coach Adam Keefe has this team primed and ready to go for a lengthy playoff run, and they have no chance of slowing down.