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Joe Mullen

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Status: NHL right winger from 1980-1997 with St. Louis, Calgary, Pittsburgh and Boston. Currently serves as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ht: 5-foot-9 Wt: 180 pounds

DOB: Feb. 26, 1957 In: New York

First Hockey Memory: "Roller hockey, playing with my brothers in the schoolyard across the street from where we lived in New York - 49th Street between Ninth and Tenth."

Hockey Inspirations: "Well, New York Rangers. Watching them all those years, living up the street from Madison Square Garden. My dad worked there. My dad and my brothers playing roller hockey were inspirations."

Last Book Read: "I just read one Mr. Snider gave me. About a guy from Hell's Kitchen - a friend of his who started out in the mafia, became a producer and a pilot. Pretty cool book, it was called Mafia Summer.”

Nicknames: "Oh, you don't want to know that (laughs). I don't want to put them out there either."

First Car:
"Oldsmobile Omega (blue)."

First Job: "Sweeping the streets in New York City."

Current Car: "I got a Toyota Venza (charcoal)."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Winning the Stanley Cup with Calgary. And two with Pittsburgh."

Most Painful Moment: "Probably the first time I tore up my knee. Not so much it hurt, but I knew I was done for the season. And that was painful to take. (How did it happen?) It was freaky. Just skating on, actually it was Bernie Nicholls, I was backchecking on him and I was going to go rub him out. And I just kind of fell. When I went to get up I could tell the knee was done. (Where?) It was in St. Louis."

Favorite Uniforms:
"Probably the Calgary Flames."

Favorite Arena: "Edmonton's ice surface was always my favorite ice surface. Was it my favorite rink, probably not (laughs). But that was the best ice surface. I always enjoyed Minnesota. (Why?) I guess because I did pretty well there."

Closest Hockey Friends:
"Probably my brother Brian."

Funniest Players Encountered:
"Oh, Marc Bergevin. (A lot of people say him.) Did you catch his act? (No.) OK. Well, he'd bring a bag of props with him. When he got traded, he had two bags - his equipment bag and his bag of props. And just...he had wigs, he had everything. He's a character. And he'd come in and blast the music, he'd dance for the guys when we won. He was just a funny guy. Not because of that, but he's funny all the time. Pulling pranks. We had Krzysztof Oliwa and he pulled pranks on the guy like every 10 minutes. I mean, he was an easy target. Marc just wanted to prank the guy all the time."

Toughest Competitors Encountered:
"Messier's gotta be in there for sure. I thought Ray Bourque was a pretty fierce competitor. Those two stick out in my mind."

Most Memorable Goal:
"That's probably the first time I got 50 in Calgary against Winnipeg (1989). (Goalie?) I'm not exactly sure."

Strangest Game:
"We had a snowstorm in New Jersey one year. Maybe 500 people in the building. And we had to play the game that night. The Devils team was late for the game. Of course, they were driving. And we had the bus and were there early. So we beat it and got there early. They just got stuck. It turned out to be really late. To play with 500 people in the stands is like practice. Plus, our goaltender (Doug Dadswell) - he was a rookie. It was his first game in the National Hockey League. And he had to play that game."

Last Vacation:
"We probably went to Disney World. That was a few years back. With the kids."

Favorite Players To Watch: "Well, growing up, guys like Brad Park and Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield, that were obviously New York Rangers. Growing up right next to Madison Square Garden, I was definitely a Rangers fan. Then when I was playing, Rick Middleton was always one of my favorites. Mike Bossy. Current guys, right now, Sidney Crosby I really like to watch. Mostly the team I'm coaching. I really enjoy coaching, so, to watch our team every night and seeing improvement and seeing the guys do what you tell them is pretty cool."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
"I like playing golf, that's what I do during the summer."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Just happy-go-lucky people. Just love life, don't really have a bad thing to say about other people."

Career Accomplishment:
Winner of three Stanley Cups, played in three All-Star Games (1989, 1990, 1994); Led NHL in playoff goals in 1986 (12) and 1989 (16); In 1,062 regular season NHL games, scored 502 goals, totaled 561 assists for 1,063 total points; In 143 NHL playoff games, scored 60 goals, 46 assists for 106 points; Signed as a free agent in 1979 by St. Louis out of Boston College.

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