Former VJW Junior A Player Colin Mulvey Captures NCAA National Title

Here is a story about Mulvey's journey which appeared in a recent issue of the Worcester Telegram Gazette.


Two years ago, with no offers to play college hockey, winning a national championship was the furthest thing from Colin Mulvey’s mind.

In a payoff for perseverance, though, Mulvey was celebrating last Saturday after his Norwich University team won the NCAA Division 3 national championship. The Cadets from Northfield, Vt., won their third national title with a 2-1 win over St. Norbert College of Wisconsin before a packed house at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“It was unbelievable, something I will never forget,” Mulvey said. “This season has been a great experience, more than I could have ever hoped for. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be at Norwich and be a part of something so special.”

Mulvey was a hockey standout for six years at St. Peter-Marian, dating back to seventh grade, and helped return the Guardians to prominence on the ice. But he didn’t receive much interest from college programs.

“I was kind of surprised because I had a very good high school career and did the things you’re supposed to do,” he said. “I didn’t let it get me down. I just decided to keep working at it because it was something I really wanted to pursue.”

Mulvey pursued his dream by joining the Valley Junior Warriors, based in Haverhill, last season. Though he didn’t have great offensive numbers, his work ethic and ability to do a lot of things well caught the eye of one of the premier Division 3 programs in the country — Norwich.

Coach Mike McShane liked the intangibles that Mulvey brought, things like efforts on faceoffs, working in the corners and on the forecheck, and his defensive zone play. He liked that Mulvey was willing to do things that didn’t show up on the score sheet, and saw him as the type of player he has tried to recruit.

A trip to the Norwich campus in northern Vermont persuaded Mulvey to attend. He cited the beauty of the campus, the school’s commitment to hockey, the civil engineering program, the presence of McShane, and the arena itself. What has impressed him most since, however, is the commitment that the students and residents of Northfield show the team.

“They pack the place every night and over 1,000 people drove the 4-1/2 hours to Lake Plaid for the championship game,” Mulvey said. “It was like a home game for us. The people of Northfield really support the team and we appreciate that. It’s what makes playing here so special.”

In addition to the national title and 26-1-4 overall record, Mulvey enjoyed some personal success as well. Playing on a line with seniors D.J. Fimiani and Craig Serino, Mulvey had 10 goals and four assists in 27 games.

Mulvey bounced back from a high ankle sprain late in the season. He missed just four games and played very well in the playoffs, assisting on Serino’s goal in the national semifinal win over Plattsburgh State.

“I’m happy with my role on the team and what I was able to contribute,” Mulvey said. “I had to make some adjustments, but my linemates did a great job helping me out. After the first few games, I felt very comfortable.”

With 15 regulars returning, Mulvey is excited about Norwich’s prospects for next year.

“We have a lot of freshmen who played a lot this year, so we are hoping we can continue this type of success for a long time to come,” he said. “We know it won’t just happen. We saw the kind of effort and work it took this year, and we know it will be even harder to do again.”

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