Mullin Makes His Return To Long Beach

by Ron White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the re-signing of veteran defenseman, Von Mullin. The Cartwright, Manitoba native was a WSHL Trade Deadline acquisition, in February. The 6’0, 180lb right shot played 8 regular season games, and 3 Thorne Cup Playoff games. In 11 games with the Bombers, Mullin recorded 1G-4A. Prior to joining Long Beach, Mullin played 87 games for the Bellingham Blazers franchise. The twenty year-old was born on August 9, 1997.


Mullin is a two-sport athlete, looking to play both hockey and baseball at the collegiate level. When acquired, last season, Mullin was brought in to add depth to the defensive group. The deal paid off, as the Canadian veteran fit in well, both on and off the ice, and played solid down the stretch. Two seasons ago, Mullin finished 6th in scoring among defensemen in the Northern Pacific Hockey League, with 31 points in 38 regular season games. Mullin added another 4 points during Bellingham’s playoff run that eventually ended with a Finals loss.


Bombers returning veteran forward, Erik Fagerlin, described his teammate, "Von is an amazing teammate and friend. He has great passing and playmaking ability, and I think will fill an important role on our D roster. Von is one off the best breakout D I have ever played with. He does a lot of work in the dark that he doesn't get enough credit for."


Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Von was a great pick up for us, last year. He fit in seamlessly on the ice, in the locker room, and at his billet house. He has a great attitude, and a kind, humble disposition. I am excited to see his growth, in a full season with our club. His role will be greater this year, and we will count on him early in the season, as the new players make their adjustments. Von plays a simple game that compliments some of our more offensive defensemen. He makes a great first-pass, and has the skating ability to carry the puck up ice, when necessary. This will be his third, and final, season of junior hockey. I expect him to take his game to another level, and become a very solid all-around player for us."



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Q & A with Von Mullin:


You were a WSHL Trade Deadline acquisition, last season, after playing nearly two seasons with the Bellingham Blazers. What was going through your head as you were about to be traded for the first time, and go into a new locker room?


I was really optimistic about going to a new team, a new place, and meeting new people. I usually settle into locker rooms pretty well and get along with people, in my own opinion. So, I wasn't too nervous about going into a new situation. 





At the time, Bellingham was fighting for the final playoff spot in the Northwest Division, while the Bombers held the best record in the WSHL. What were your expectations as you arrived in Long Beach?


My expectations for Long Beach were pretty high. Everything I heard about the Bombers organization was fantastic. I knew before my arrival the record the team had was very good, to say the least. I was definitely expecting to be joining a team with a great winning mentality. 




What were some of the similarities, and differences, between the two clubs?


Both of the teams have a good staff, good players, and great people to be around and get along with. There definitely was a few differences between the two clubs. In Bellingham, we weren't far off from a 50/50 split of veterans and rookies, whereas when I came to Long Beach, our team was almost entirely veterans, save for a couple of the guys. The Blazers had only 1 or 2 European players, and that is obviously quite the contrast from the very European composition of the Bombers. 




As you prepare for your third season of junior hockey, and first full season in Long Beach, what are you focused on to make the best of your final junior season?


I'm really focused on developing my skills as a puck moving defenseman this year. I want to make the first pass on the tape every time. I also want to develop myself more physically and create a harder and heavier shot. I also want to become a faster skater and play more physically in the defensive zone, and in front of the net. 




What are some things you are looking forward to doing in Southern California, that you may not have done in the final two months of the season, last year?

I'm looking forward to doing a couple more tourist-type things, maybe go on a visit to a movie studio. I'm going to use the season to savour the weather down there as opposed to my hometown environment.