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Brian Mullen
Selected in seventh round
No. 128 overall by Winnipeg Jets

Born March 16, 1962
Position: Center / Left Wing
Height: 5-10   Weight: 170
Last Team: New Jersey (NYMJHA)                     
Birthplace: New York, New York (USA)
Hometown: New York, New York
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1977-78 N.Y. WestsidersNYMJHA 3321 3657 38
1978-79 N.Y. WestsidersNYMJHA 3647 4592 --
1979-80 New JerseyNYMJHA ---- ---- --

World Junior Championships:
1980 (seventh place)
Miscellaneous: Worked as visiting teams' stick boy during New York Rangers games from 1977 to 1979 and during the 1979 NHL-USSR Challenge Cup series. He got the job because his father was on the maintenance crew at Madison Square Garden. ... Played roller hockey with his older brothers Ken, Tom and Joe at the New York School of Printing throughout his childhood in the city's Hell's Kitchen section. ... Did not play ice hockey for the first time until he was 12 years old.
Debut: October 6, 1982 (Minnesota at Winnipeg)
Numbers:  19 (Winnipeg); 19 (N.Y. Rangers); 19 (San Jose); 16 (NYI)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired January 23, 1995
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1982-1993 WIN, NYR, SJ, NYI832 260362 622414
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1983-1993 WIN, NYR, NYI62 1218 3030

Lester Patrick Trophy (Contribution to U.S. Hockey):
1994-95 (co-winner with Joe Mullen)
All-Star Game: 1989 (N.Y. Rangers)
Winnipeg Emery Edge Award (+/- Leader): 1982-83 (plus-11)
N.Y. Rangers Boucher Trophy (Most Popular): 1989-90
N.Y. PHWA Mitchell Award (Service to N.Y. Hockey): 1988-89
Winnipeg Playoffs Points Leader: 1984 (3)
Winnipeg Playoffs Assists Leader: 1984 (3)
1991-92: Played on first San Jose Sharks team.
Management Career: Named NHL director of off-ice programs prior to 1995-96 season and remained in position through 2001-02 season.
Broadcasting Career: Named N.Y. Rangers radio color commentator on Aug. 20, 2002, and remained in position into 2003-04 season.
Miscellaneous: Was first player in NHL history drafted off roster of a New York Metropolitan Junior Hockey Association team. ... Had assist in his first NHL game. ... Played on line with Dale Hawerchuk and Paul MacLean for Winnipeg in 1982-83 and 1986-87. ... Played on line with Dale Hawerchuk for Winnipeg from 1983-84 season through 1985-86 season. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with knee injury. ... Scored at 7:56 of second overtime of Game 1 of Winnipeg's first-round playoff series vs. Calgary on April 10, 1985. ... Realized childhood dream when he joined N.Y. Rangers prior to 1987-88 season. ... Shifted from left wing to right wing while playing for N.Y. Rangers in 1987-88. ... Played on line with Kelly Kisio and John Ogrodnick for N.Y. Rangers in 1987-88. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with bruised left knee, an injury suffered in January 1988. ... Joined brother Joe as part of first U.S.-born brother combination to play in the same NHL All-Star Game in 1989. ... Was part of first official player trade in San Jose Sharks history on May 30, 1991. San Jose traded Tim Kerr to N.Y. Rangers for Mullen. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during San Jose's Jan. 3, 1992, game vs. Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with muscle spasms in neck, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 28, 1992, game vs. Philadelphia. ... Scored at 14:50 of second overtime of Game 2 of N.Y. Islanders first-round playoff series at Washington on April 20, 1993.
The End of Mullen's Career: While preparing for the upcoming season with the N.Y. Islanders, Mullen, then 31, suffered a mild stroke on Aug. 11, 1993. The problem began with a blood clot in his left leg. When the clot dissolved, part of the clot moved up into Mullen's heart through a tiny hole and and then to the right side of his brain, where it blocked an artery. Mullen underwent nine days of tests to determine if he was at risk for another stroke, but doctors found no evidence of a chronic problem or long-term neurological damage. On Sept. 13, 1993, Mullen underwent open-heart surgery by Dr. Craig R. Smith at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center to close the small hole in his heart. At the time, doctors felt that Mullen would have to miss the 1993-94 season but would be able to return to hockey after that. He resumed skating with the Islanders in October 1993, and hoped he could make a comeback after he was taken off blood-thinners on Feb. 16, 1994. Later in February, doctors gave him permission to engage in full practices with the Islanders. But things took a dramatic turn for the worse on March 20, 1994. Shortly after learning he would go to the team's IHL affiliate in Salt Lake City on a conditioning assignment, Mullen collapsed during a 3-on-3 drill in the Islanders' morning skate at the Nassau Coliseum. Doctors determined that Mullen had a seizure. Such seizures are not uncommon in stroke victims because of the scar tissue left in their brains, and it was feared that if Mullen resumed his career, he might have further seizures. Mullen was released from the hospital on March 22, 1994, with no intention of returning to the NHL for any part of the 1993-94 season. On Aug. 23, 1994, Mullen met with N.Y. Islanders general manager Don Maloney, who suggested he retire and take a front-office job with the team. The Islanders were not prepared to offer Mullen a playing contract for 1994-95, and if Mullen wanted to continue his career, his best shot would be catching on with the Florida Panthers, who had showed interest in him. Mullen decided to compromise and try to win a spot on the Islanders' roster out of training camp. If he failed to do that, he agreed to retire and finish out the 1995 season working for the team in another capacity. On Sept. 14, 1994, Mullen returned to the Nassau Coliseum ice as the Islanders opened camp. The Islanders were skeptical of Mullen's ability to play again, and told him he would not be protected for the 1994 NHL Waiver Draft. Unfortunately for Mullen, a labor dispute led the NHL to lock out its players for the start of the 1994-95 season, while his name still dangled on the waiver wire. Despite the lockout, Mullen continued to skate with teammates in preparation for resuming his career. But once the season resumed in January, Mullen failed to make the Islanders roster and opted to retire at age 32.
Post-Draft Teams: Wisconsin (WCHA);
Canada Cup: 1984 (fourth place), 1991 (second place) (did not play)
World Championships: 1989 (sixth place), 1991 (fourth place)
World Junior Championships: 1981 (sixth place)
NCAA Championship:
1981 (Wisconsin)
U.S. National Sports Festival MVP: 1981
Wisconsin Kelsey Award (Most Competitive): 1980-81
Wisconsin Rookie of Year: 1980-81
Education: Majored in science at University of Wisconsin.
Miscellaneous: Competed in 1980 and 1981 U.S. National Sports Festivals. ... Never played in minor leagues. ... Appeared on Nickelodeon children's TV show "Don't Just Sit There" in August 1988. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days in New York, including work on the early Ice Hockey in Harlem clinics and work with the Leukemia Society. ... Put together an online clinic of hockey drills for during his years working in the league's fan development department as its director of off-ice programs.
Personal: Full name is Brian Patrick Mullen. ... Younger brother of former NHL player and Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Mullen. ... Son of former Madison Square Garden maintenance worker Tom Mullen.
TRADE: Winnipeg traded Mullen and 1987 10th-round pick (Brett Barnett) to N.Y. Rangers for 1988 fifth-round pick (Detroit) (Benoit Lebeau) and 1989 third-round pick (later traded) on June 8, 1987.

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