Ryan Mulhern was inducted into the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame on March 26, 2005. Mulhern put up solid numbers in his career with the Pirates, but he also played an important role off the ice by establishing a new standard for the Pirates participation in the Portland community, quickly turning him into a popular player.
"I just want to say what a great honor it is to be selected as a member of the Pirates Hall of Fame, with some of the great players in the history of the Pirates. I had an amazing experience during my time in Portland and the fans were always amazing to me," said Mulhern.
Ryan Mulhern was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 8th round as the 174th pick overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. At the beginning of Mulhern’s career, he spent 40 games with the Hampton-Roads Admirals in the ECHL. For the second half of the ‘95-‘96 season Mulhern joined the Pirates for 38 games and scored 19 goals, 15 assists for 34 points. Mulhern helped the Pirates in the push for the playoffs and in the post-season with a goal and an assist in five playoff games.
The next season, the Havertown, PA native returned to Portland to put up more strong numbers. In 71 games during the ’97-’98 campaign Mulhern averaged nearly a point per game. He scored 25 goals along with 40 assists for 65 points. He was called up for three games with Washington during the season, before being sent back to Portland for the Calder Cup playoffs. At the end of the season, Mulhern was named as an AHL First Team All-Star and the Pirates Most Valuable Player.
After two years in the IHL, he returned to the Pirates for the 1999-00 season. The left winger played in 73 games, scoring 20 goals and registering 16 assists for a total of 36 points in his final season with the Pirates. His accomplishments over three years with the organization have undoubtedly left an imprint on the Pirates record book.
When Mulhern left the Pirates, he ranked 9th all-time for most goals (64) and 12th all-time for power play goals (16). While with the Pirates, he became tied for 12th all-time for most points (135) as well as ranking 14th all-time for most assists (71). Mulhern also had a special flare for the dramatic in his career, scoring 12 game winning goals which ties him for 4th all-time in that category.
YEAR INDUCTED: 2004