April 12, 2013
Athletics Communication Assistant
Saint Anselm senior forward Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) received the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award on Friday, April 12 at the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen. According to the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation, the award seeks "not to celebrate Hall of Fame athletes, but rather Hall of Fame of human beings." Mullin is the third non-Division I winner of the award since 1996 inaugural recipient, J.P. McKersie of Boston University.
Mullin was nominated for his extensive charitable activity during the past four years. The two-time team captain co-founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation, which seeks to provide emotional and financial support to those affected by and living with paralysis. Since the foundation's establishment in May 2010, Mullin and co-founder Thomas Smith have organized a variety of fundraising activities throughout New England and beyond. They have raised over $51,000 and additionally, $34,700 in grants has been awarded, including a $10,000 grant to former Merrimack College hockey player Chic Kelly and his foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of spinal cord injury victims.
Creatively, 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 its efforts to develop scaffolding systems for patients with acute spinal cord injuries.
Mullin has also served as a student ambassador for Team IMPACT, a New England based non-profit that works with children facing life-threatening diseases. The group strives to harness the power of teamwork by matching up these 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. Mullin characterizes Benjamin as a "big part of the team." In addition to hosting Benjamin at the rink, Mullin and his team mates have has been a huge part of his life off the ice, supervising homework, walking together in Relay for Life and spending quality time together.
"I have grown into these roles over the last few years and it has been an extremely fulfilling experience," said Mullin. "I have used hockey as the vehicle to support worthy causes and highly value the opportunity to represent something that is bigger than myself. Most importantly, I have been blessed to see the differences we have been able to make: this is what really matters."
On Wednesday, April 10, Mullin was awarded for outstanding service leadership at the college's annual Paul S. Coleman Awards. During his time at Saint Anselm the business major has been a leader, setting an example for his team, other athletics teams, and the college community. In his nomination, the athletics office writes that he has continued to go above and beyond in all his volunteer roles.
For his ongoing leadership and strength of purpose, Mullin has been recognized as a Humanitarian Award finalist for the past three seasons. Other finalists for this year's Award included 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.