Not that I would know from personal experience, but there is a lot of pride in putting on a Boston College hockey uniform. Regardless of what one thinks of Under Armour’s interpretation of it, that sweater represents a winning tradition. Perhaps two-dozen guys get to wear it every year, but only one of them has the “C” on it. This season, it belongs to senior Pat Mullane.
Mullane, a resident of Wallingford, Connecticut, went to high school within his home state at Avon Old Farms. For his last season there, he and goalie Parker Milner were teammates. Coincidentally enough, Mullane was a captain there as well, but he split that duty with none other than Cam Atkinson. Following the 2007-08 season, both Milner and Mullane went to the junior hockey USHL. Milner departed Avon for Waterloo, while Mullane went further west to Omaha to play for the Lancers. His one season out in Nebraska was very good, as Mullane ended up with 57 points (23 g, 34 a) in 54 games and qualifying for the league’s All-Star Game.
Jerry York and company wanted Pat Mullane to come to Boston, and they got him. His freshman year was the 2009-10 championship season, in which Mullane made it into an impressive 42 games and had a successful 28-point campaign. Mullane had three game-winners that year, including against Alaska-Fairbanks in the NCAA Tournament.
In his second year, Mullane remained consistent. He played in 39 games and totaled 29 points, four of which were game-winners. As in his first year, most of his damage was one on assists, but hey, someone (usually) has to make them.
Finally, in his junior year and second title season, Mullane appeared in all 44 games and bumped the point total up to 39. He scored ten goals, including the first shorthanded goal of his college career at the Beanpot championship game against BU.
Mullane has proven valuable to this hockey team, not only in racking up assists and winning faceoffs, but in leading. That is why he was chosen by his teammates to be the next captain, and he will lead them well.