Paul Mulvey

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Paul Mulvey
Born (1958-09-27) September 27, 1958 (age 56)
Sudbury, Ontario
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Current team Retired
Played for Washington Capitals
Los Angeles Kings
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft Round 2, #20th overall, 1978
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1974–1983

Joseph Paul Mulvey (born September 27, 1958 in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Merritt, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]

A hard-nosed left-winger, Mulvey played junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Portland Winter Hawks. He was selected in the 1978 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals and played for parts of three seasons with the Capitals. Prior to the 1981–82 NHL season, he was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins as compensation for the Capitals signing of Orest Kindrachuk. He would later be claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Kings during the middle of the season.

It was during his brief tenure with the Kings that he would be involved in one of the most controversial incidents in the NHL. On January 24, 1982 in a game against the Vancouver Canucks, a fight broke out, and Kings' Head Coach Don Perry ordered Mulvey out onto the ice to fight. Mulvey, who had just returned from a recent suspension, refused, which angered Coach Perry who then accused him of not standing up for his teammates. Mulvey was benched for the rest of the game, and was placed on waivers a week later. Coach Perry would later be fined and suspended for the incident, but Mulvey would never play another NHL game, as the unfair perception around the league was that he was someone who would not stand up for his teammates.

Coaching career[edit]

For many years he was the head coach of the Reston Raiders of the Capital Beltway Hockey League. He then served as the head coach of the Virginia Statesmen of the Eastern Elite Amateur Hockey League and also coached Tier II hockey for the Prince William Panthers Hockey Club in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Personal life[edit]

After his playing career, Mulvey returned to the Washington, D.C.-area and settled in Reston, Virginia, where he bought a tennis club and turned it into a hockey facility with two rinks. His rink was instrumental in the growth of hockey in the Northern Virginia region and continues today under different ownership as Skate Quest of Reston.

His older brother, Grant Mulvey, had a long career with the NHL's Chicago Black Hawks.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Edmonton Oil Kings WCHL 49 18 19 37 179
1975–76 Edmonton Oil Kings WCHL 69 29 38 67 331 5 1 3 4 13
1976–77 Portland Winter Hawks WCHL 63 43 25 68 251 3 2 1 3 11
1977–78 Portland Winter Hawks WCHL 64 43 33 76 262 8 0 3 3 60
1978–79 Hershey Bears AHL 24 10 3 13 113
1978–79 Washington Capitals NHL 55 7 4 11 81
1979–80 Washington Capitals NHL 77 15 19 34 240
1980–81 Hershey Bears AHL 19 4 8 12 21 10 2 3 5 54
1980–81 Washington Capitals NHL 55 7 14 21 166
1981–82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 0 7 7 50
1981–82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 19 3 3 6 65 3 0 0 0 14
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 1 7 8 76
1982–83 Moncton Alpines AHL 58 11 11 22 270
NHL Totals 225 30 51 81 613

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