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Adam Keefe completes blue-line as Patrick Mullen signs on for Giants

New Belfast Giants defenceman Patrick Mullen
New Belfast Giants defenceman Patrick Mullen
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants have completed their defence for the upcoming season with the arrival of American blue-liner Patrick Mullen from the Vienna Capitals.

The experienced 33-year-old moves after one season in the EBEL with Vienna and projects to play a key two-way role for the Giants.

Relatively undersized for a defenceman at 5'10", Mullen more than makes up for it with his offensive capabilities which has seen him utilised on the powerplay throughout his career.

Despite never making the step up to the NHL, the Massachusetts native is an AHL veteran having played 394 games in North America's second tier across ten seasons.

In that time, Mullen represented the Manchester Monarchs, Chicago Wolves, Utica Comets, Binghamton Senators - with whom he was an alternate captain - Milwaukee Admirals and Rochester Americans.

That came after an outstanding college career that saw the defenceman score 20 goals and 81 points in 152 games for the University of Denver, where he was twice named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.

After making the move to Europe in 2016 by signing for Dinamo Riga of the KHL, Mullen has had spells with Linkoping HC (SHL) and Adler Mannheim, with whom he reached the DEL play-off semi-finals.

Last season in Vienna, the 33-year-old helped the Capitals to finish top of the regular season standings, however they were defeated in six games by Klagenfurter AC in the play-off final.

"Patrick is an exciting addition to our blueline, which is complete for now," commented Giants head coach Adam Keefe.

"He is a talented hockey player and I know there was high demand for his signature. He can play at both ends of the ice and Giants fans will enjoy seeing him play in Belfast."

With the defensive corps complete, the Giants will likely ice five import defencemen on game days, with Mark Garside the sole Brit and Paul Swindlehurst likely to play centre again.

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