The Blind River Beavers have acquired veteran Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League 19 year old defenseman Ryan Mulligan from the Soo Thunderbirds for a player development fee on December 28th.
In two and a half seasons from 2015 – 2017, the Sault Ste Marie native who patrolled the blueline for 132 regular season games sank 42 goals and added 55 assists while tallying 102 minutes in penalties. The 5’10” and 185 lbs Thunderbird 2017 – 2018 captain contributed on four post – season goals in 13 playoff appearances in 2016 – 2017 with the Thunderbirds.
“Mulligan brings leadership and puck moving ability to our blue line, we are very excited about this addition. We believe he will be a major piece to the puzzle in the second half. I am familiar with Ryan from my time with Thunderbirds, he’s a great player and a better human and the Beavers are excited to have him” said Beaver coach Kyle Brick.
Ryan told Saultsports that “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. It’s going to be something new and a different challenge, but I’m excited to get the second half of the season started with them. They have a solid team and are doing well so far. I hope I can contribute to their team down the stretch and we are able to build off their good first half. I’m happy and I can’t wait to get started with them.”