CHICAGO – Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.), a senior forward and captain on the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team, was selected as one of only five finalists from a nationwide pool of 11 nominees for the 2013 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, trustee Paul Sheehan announced late Friday evening.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award, currently in its 18th season of existence, is awarded annually to college hockey's finest citizen and seeks to recognize college hockey players at all levels, who give back to their communities in the true humanitarian spirit. The award seeks "not to celebrate Hall of Fame athletes, but rather Hall of Fame human beings," according to the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award Web site.
In addition to Mullin, other finalists include senior forward Brett Beebe from Western Michigan, senior forward Alyssa Zupon from Yale, senior defenseman Kaare Odegard from Alaska, and junior defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci from Holy Cross.
Mullin was nominated as a result of his many charitable endeavors that he has undertaken over the previous four seasons. The senior forward and two-time team captain co-founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, which benefits those affected by and living with paralysis through emotional and financial support. Since the foundation's establishment May 12, 2010, Mullin and his co-Founder, Thomas Smith, have organized a variety of fundraising activities throughout New England and beyond. Through their fundraising undertakings, including an annual golf tournament, they have raised over $51,000 and given $34,700 in grants, including a $10,000 grant to former Merrimack College player Chic Kelly and his foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of spinal cord injury victims.
Mullin has developed a "Massachusetts Cure Paralysis" license plate, the first-ever vanity license plate designed to benefit paralysis research. All proceeds generated from the license plate will support Invivo Therapeutics and their efforts developing scaffolding systems for patients with acute spinal cord injuries.
Mullin has also been proactive in other endeavors, serving as a student ambassador for Team IMPACT, a New England based non-profit that serves children facing life-threatening diseases by creating team-based support systems. The group strives to harness the power of teamwork by matching up children with collegiate athletic teams.
Last season, Mullin and his teammates "adopted" nine-year old Benjamin Roy, a regular attendee at Saint Anselm home ice hockey games. Benjamin has defied all odds since the age of four, having been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia pre-B cell in 2007. The youngster is someone who Mullin characterizes as a "big part of the team." In addition to hosting Benjamin at the rink, Mullin has been a huge part of his life off the ice.
Mullin was present at Benjamin's first communion, as well as attending his ninth birthday party and watching the 2013 NFL Super Bowl with Ben and his hockey teammates.
Mullin's efforts were also recognized the past two seasons by the award trustees, as he earned a place among finalists in both 2011 and 2012. Mullin was one of three sophomore student-athletes nominated for the award in 2011 and was also one of the eight finalists from the original pool of 25 nominees. Last season, as a junior, Mullin earned a spot as one of five finalists – the only junior finalist out of the 23 nominees.
On the ice, Mullin has helped the team to a 13-8-3 overall record and a 9-7-2 reco rd in the ECAC East. So far this season, Mullin has recorded 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists. In his four-year tenure with the team he has accumulated 47 goals and 54 assists for 101 career points. He notched his 100th career point Feb. 15 as the Hawks defeated the University of Southern Maine, 6-4.
The 2013 award winner will be recognized in a special ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2013, as part of the 2013 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, held this year in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the Consol Energy Center. For more information on the award, in addition to a full list of nominees, log on to http://www.hockeyhumanitarian.org/.
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