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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.



By Steve Kendall CORRESPONDENT

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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Valley Jr Warriors U-16s Capture Labor Day Title
Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
VJW '96 Selects Skate to Victory at Summer Cool-Off Tournament
Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
Valley Jr Warriors '99 Elites Capture WNS Title
Valley Jr Warriors '99 Selects Shine at WNS
King of What? - By Mike Lynch
Triumph and Courage - By Mike Lynch
Like Father Like Daughter; Alex Carpenter Is Carving Out Her Own Legacy
The Year to Remember Continues for Former VJW Player Chris Kreider
Valley Jr Warriors '96 Elites Shine at WNS
Keeping #5 Alive - By Mike Lynch
Tournament Action Returns to Haverhill in 2010
Magical Season Comes to an End for VJW '97 Elites at USA Hockey Nationals
A Class Act - By Mike Lynch
VJW U 16 II Team Skates to State Championship Win
VJW '97 Elites Loss Sets Stage for Third Day Showdown at Nationals
VJW '97 Elites Post 3-2 Win Over Columbus at USA Hockey Nationals
VJW '97 Elites Arrive in New York; Prepare to Take On Nation's Best
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Former VJW Junior A Player Colin Mulvey Captures NCAA National Title
VJW '97 Elites Prepare for USA Hockey Nationals
Chris Kreider - Former VJW Standout - Leads BC to NCAA Tournament
Nothing is Impossible - By Mike Lynch
Valley Jr Warriors Excel at Labor Day Face-Off Invitational
Former VJW Junior A Star Cucci Shines in Hockey East Battle
Valley Jr Warriors '97 Elites Capture WNS Title
VJW Mite Selects Bask in NEHL Championship Glory
VJW '97 Elites Punch Ticket to USA Hockey Nationals in April
VJW '99 Selects Celebrate Mass State Select League Championship
VJW '98 Elites Capture New England Hockey League Title
Former VJW Junior A Standout Nets Year-End League Honors
Non Sibi - By Mike Lynch
What Can You Do For Brown? - By Mike Lynch
VJW Squirt Major Selects Make a Difference Both On and Off the Ice
VJW Squirt Major Selects Take Time to Help Others In Need
Valley Jr Warriors Coach Bob Sweeney Joins Beanpot Hall
Tewksbury Tough - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Battle For Titles at the 2010 JWK Holiday Tournament
VJW '98 Elites Jonathan Folsom Featured in Local Newspaper
Standing Tall - By Mike Lynch
VJW '98 Selects Capture Boston Jr Terriers Tournament Title
Taking the Pledge in 2010 - By Mike Lynch
Valley Jr Warriors '98 Elites Take On Bell Capital Cup Challenge
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider & Team USA Are World Champions
Former VJW Star Kreider Named to the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team
VJW '97 Elites Take Their Game to Canada
Holiday Shopping List - By Mike Lynch
Haverhill Valley Forum Enjoys Its Fourth Year of Operation In Style
Eastern Junior Hockey League Featured in Recent USA Hockey Magazine
Walking Tall - By Mike Lynch
Former VJW Players Shine On Collegiate Scene
Call to Glory - By Mike Lynch
14th Annual Warrior Classic Comes to a Close
VJW Teams Battle at Mass State Championship Playdowns
Riki Retelle Earns EJHL Defensive Player of the Week Honors
VJW Teams Set For Mass Hockey Tier I & Tier II State Championship Playdowns
Valley Jr Warriors Junior As Enjoy Weekend Sweep Over CD Selects
Welcome Home - 4 VJW Teams Return After Strong Showing in Chicago
Courage - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Poised to Face the Best of the Best
VJW Junior A Team Making Big Strides
VJW U-16 IIs Continue Winning and Championship Ways
The Golden Tornado - By Mike Lynch
VJW '95 Elites - Picking Up Where They Left Off
Steve MacAdams Brings Experience & Success to VJW
USA Hockey Announces H1N1 Recommendations
No Early Season Jitters for the VJW '98 Elites
Great Expectations - From Mike Lynch
VJW Mite Minors Off to a Fast (and Fun!) Start
VJW '99 Selects Make a Difference On and Off the Ice
VJW U-16 Midget Standout Brian Ward Heads to Dartmouth College
VJW Teams Post Impressive 5-1 Record Against Team Comcast
VJW '96 Selects Skate to Victory at Summer Cool-Off Tournament
Tom Terrific - Mike Lynch Reflects on Tom Brady
Valley Jr Warriors '98 Elites Capture WNS Title
VJW - Junior A Season Preview
A Happy New Year From Mike Lynch
VJW's JJ Layton Heads to Little League World Series
VJW Players Shine at 2009 USA Hockey Player Development Camp
Chris Kreider Selected No. 19 in 2009 NHL Entry Draft
VJW Tournaments Make a Return to Haverhill in 2009
VJW Junior A Team Welcomes Two Key Players for 2009-10 Season