Ryan P. Mulhern '96
Hometown: Havertown, PA
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 2008
One of nine Brown alumni to have played in the NHL, Ryan Mulhern ’96 is the top scorer in the past 30 years of the program. Eighth all-time on Brown’s career scoring list, Mulhern was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1993, as the Bears reached the ECAC Championship game. As a junior in 1995, he was named Ivy Player of the Year, leading Brown to an Ivy League Championship.
Mulhern’s talent was apparent before he got to Brown, as he was selected by the Calgary Flames in the eighth round of the 1992 NHL Draft. He immediately became one of the Ivy League’s most talented forwards, setting a Brown rookie record with 15 goals and being named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. As the ECAC’s third seed, the Bears made it to the conference championship game, beating Yale in the opening round and Harvard in the semifinals before falling to Clarkson, 3-1. Still, the Bears earned a berth in the NCAA Championship, meeting Minnesota-Duluth in the quarterfinals and falling, 7-3.
As a sophomore, Mulhern led the team with 18 goals and 35 points. His numbers the next season were eerily similar, posting team highs in goals (18), points (34), power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals, and penalty minutes (108, a Brown single-season record that still stands). With a 7-2-1 record, the Bears won the Ivy League Championship, and Mulhern was named the Player of the Year and First Team All-Ivy, also earning All-ECAC Honorable Mention. The team’s 13-7-2 record in the ECAC was good for second in the standings, although a double-overtime semifinal loss to Princeton knocked the Bears out of the playoffs.
With 10-15-25 totals his senior season, Mulhern cemented his place among Brown’s greats. In addition to his 61 goals, which were eighth all-time, Mulhern was 13th all-time with 118 points and 21st with 57 assists. He set a new record with 120 games played, since broken, and was second all-time at Brown with 280 penalty minutes.
After graduating, Mulhern played professional hockey for three seasons, including two and a half years with the AHL’s Portland Pirates and a short stint with the Washington Capitals in the NHL. In the 1997-98 season, Mulhern was the Pirates’ MVP and was a First Team AHL All-Star. In 182 games with the club, he had 64 goals and 71 assists, 12th all-time. He was the eighth player inducted into the Pirates’ Hall of Fame, entering in 2005.