Former VJW Junior A Player Colin Mulvey Captures NCAA National Title
former Valley Jr Warriors forward capped off a stellar freshman
One year after bidding adieu to the Valley Jr Warriors to pursue his
college degree, Colin Mulvey is celebrating with his Norwich
This past month, the Cadets captured an NCAA Division 3 national
championship. The team won its 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 (NY).
It is a story that all players should take note of! After all, Mulvey
joined the Warriors two years ago with few collegiate hockey prospects in
sight. VJW Head Coach Heinze saw something special in the 5-9,
160-pound forward and watched as his work ethic and the ability to make
special things happen on the ice caught the attention of the three-time
Here is a story about Mulvey's journey which appeared in a recent issue of the
Worcester Telegram Gazette.
By Steve Kendall CORRESPONDENT
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
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
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
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
“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.”