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Mullen played [[junior ice hockey]] for the [[Sioux Falls Stampede]] in the [[United States Hockey League]] (USHL) during the 2004–05 season. He registered 37 points in 60 games, fourth on the team; he also led the Stampede in [[plus-minus]] with a +11 rating.<ref name=stats>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8475096&view=stats|title=Patrick Mullen Career Statistics|publisher = [[National Hockey League]]|accessdate=2012-07-16}}</ref><ref name=bio/> After the season, Mullen chose to attend the [[University of Denver]] (DU) in part for the coaches and the city of [[Denver]].<ref name=DU/>
 
Mullen played [[junior ice hockey]] for the [[Sioux Falls Stampede]] in the [[United States Hockey League]] (USHL) during the 2004–05 season. He registered 37 points in 60 games, fourth on the team; he also led the Stampede in [[plus-minus]] with a +11 rating.<ref name=stats>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8475096&view=stats|title=Patrick Mullen Career Statistics|publisher = [[National Hockey League]]|accessdate=2012-07-16}}</ref><ref name=bio/> After the season, Mullen chose to attend the [[University of Denver]] (DU) in part for the coaches and the city of [[Denver]].<ref name=DU/>
 
[[File:2008WCHATournament.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Members of the [[Denver Pioneers]] celebrating their 2008 tournament victory]]
 
[[File:2008WCHATournament.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Members of the [[Denver Pioneers]] celebrating their 2008 tournament victory]]
Prior to his first season with the [[Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey|Pioneers]], Mullen was named Preseason Player to Watch by ''College Hockey News''.<ref name=bio/> He scored his first career goal in a 4–2 win against the Air Force Academy, helping DU to their first win of the year.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2005/10/21/du-earns-first-win-of-the-season/|title=DU Earns First Win of the Season: Fisher shines with 23 saves in 4-2 win over Air Force|publisher = U.S. College Hockey Online|date=2005-10-21|accessdate=2012-07-16}}</ref> He finished the year with 7 goals and 17 points in 37 games, tying for sixth on the team for goals and points.<ref name=bio/> The following season, he recorded four multi-point games, though he only managed to duplicate the 17 points recorded in his freshman season. Mullen spent most of the season on forward, but also played four games as a [[Defenceman|defenseman]]. He missed the [[Western Collegiate Hockey Association]] (WCHA) playoffs after contracting mononucleosis.<ref name=suspend>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/03/12/dus-mullen-suspended-for-playoff-opener-ryder-could-return-by-ncaas/1967/|title=DU’s Mullen suspended for playoff opener; Ryder could return by NCAAs|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2008-03-10|accessdate=2012-07-18|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref> Following the conclusion of the season, Mullen was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.<ref name=bio/>
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Prior to his first season with the [[Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey|Pioneers]], Mullen was named Preseason Player to Watch by ''College Hockey News''.<ref name=bio/> He scored his first career goal in a 4–2 win against the [[Air Force Academy]], helping DU to their first win of the year.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2005/10/21/du-earns-first-win-of-the-season/|title=DU Earns First Win of the Season: Fisher shines with 23 saves in 4-2 win over Air Force|publisher = U.S. College Hockey Online|date=2005-10-21|accessdate=2012-07-16}}</ref> He finished the year with 7 goals and 17 points in 37 games, tying for sixth on the team for goals and points.<ref name=bio/> The following season, he recorded four multi-point games, though he only managed to duplicate the 17 points recorded in his freshman season. Mullen spent most of the season on forward, but also played four games as a [[Defenceman|defenseman]]. He missed the [[Western Collegiate Hockey Association]] (WCHA) playoffs after contracting mononucleosis.<ref name=suspend>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/03/12/dus-mullen-suspended-for-playoff-opener-ryder-could-return-by-ncaas/1967/|title=DU’s Mullen suspended for playoff opener; Ryder could return by NCAAs|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2008-03-10|accessdate=2012-07-18|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref> Following the conclusion of the season, Mullen was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.<ref name=bio/>
   
In the 2007–08 season, Mullen began the year playing defense.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2007/10/04/dus-mullen-pegged-to-begin-on-blueline/1795/|title=DU’s Mullen pegged to begin on blueline|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2007-10-04|accessdate=2012-07-18|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref> Though he did spend some time at forward, Mullen led all DU defenders in scoring by season's end.<ref name=DU/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/02/06/trotter-situation/1921/|title=Trotter saga continues; Ruegsegger injury|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2008-02-06|accessdate=2012-07-20|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref> In back-to-back games leading up to the WCHA playoffs, Mullen received two 10-minute misconduct penalties. As a result, head coach [[George Gwozdecky]] suspended Mullen for the first game of the playoffs.<ref name=suspend/> Mullen returned from his suspension the following game and helped the Pioneers to an eventual [[2008 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|WCHA tournament]] win.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/03/15/game-2-du-notes/1972/|title=Game 2: DU notes|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2008-02-15|accessdate=2012-07-20|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref><ref>{{cite journal|url=http://www.wcha.com/pdf/mguide0910/Ybk-129-144.pdf|title=Championships: WCHA Playoff Summaries 1959–2009|journal = 2009–10 WCHA Men's Yearbook|accessdate=2012-07-20|page=133}}</ref> In his senior season, Mullen set career highs in assists and points while leading Denver in blocked shots.<ref name=DU/> At the conclusion of the year, he was again named to the All-WCHA Academic Team and was awarded the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.<ref name=bio/><ref name=class/>
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In the 2007–08 season, Mullen began the year playing defense.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2007/10/04/dus-mullen-pegged-to-begin-on-blueline/1795/|title=DU’s Mullen pegged to begin on blueline|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2007-10-04|accessdate=2012-07-18|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref> Though he did spend some time at forward, Mullen led all DU defenders in scoring by season's end.<ref name=DU/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/02/06/trotter-situation/1921/|title=Trotter saga continues; Ruegsegger injury|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2008-02-06|accessdate=2012-07-20|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref> In back-to-back games leading up to the WCHA playoffs, Mullen received two 10-minute [[misconduct penalty|misconduct penalties]]. As a result, head coach [[George Gwozdecky]] suspended Mullen for the first game of the playoffs.<ref name=suspend/> Mullen returned from his suspension the following game and helped the Pioneers to an eventual [[2008 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|WCHA tournament]] win.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/03/15/game-2-du-notes/1972/|title=Game 2: DU notes|work = [[The Denver Post]]|date=2008-02-15|accessdate=2012-07-20|last=Chambers|first=Mike}}</ref><ref>{{cite journal|url=http://www.wcha.com/pdf/mguide0910/Ybk-129-144.pdf|title=Championships: WCHA Playoff Summaries 1959–2009|journal = 2009–10 WCHA Men's Yearbook|accessdate=2012-07-20|page=133}}</ref> In his senior season, Mullen set career highs in assists and points while leading Denver in blocked shots.<ref name=DU/> At the conclusion of the year, he was again named to the All-WCHA Academic Team and was awarded the [[Lowe's Senior CLASS Award]].<ref name=bio/><ref name=class/>
 
[[File:Patrick Mullen Wolves3.jpg|thumb|Mullen playing for the [[Chicago Wolves]]]]
 
[[File:Patrick Mullen Wolves3.jpg|thumb|Mullen playing for the [[Chicago Wolves]]]]
 
Undrafted out of college, Mullen signed a two-year entry-level free agent contract with the [[Los Angeles Kings]] on April 3, 2009.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=273645|title=Kings Ink Patrick Mullen to Two-Year Contract|publisher = [[The Sports Network|TSN]]|date=2009-04-03|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> Playing with the Kings [[farm team]] the [[Manchester Monarchs]], Mullen recorded his first professional point, an assist, in his first game, a 6–3 victory over the [[Albany River Rats]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=501104|title=Monarchs Report (Oct. 5)|publisher = [[Los Angeles Kings]]|date=2009-10-05|accessdate=2012-07-18|last=Mueller|first=Kim}}</ref> His first professional goal came almost two months later in a 4–2 win against the [[Springfield Falcons]]. After playing 36 games for the Monarchs, Mullen was sent down to their [[ECHL]] affiliate, the [[Ontario Reign]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=521606|title=Mullen Assigned to Ontario|publisher = [[Los Angeles Kings]]|date=2010-03-16|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> After playing only one game for the Reign, he was recalled by Manchester.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ontarioreign.com/news/teamnews/index.html?article_id=706|title=Mullen Recalled to Manchester|publisher = [[Ontario Reign]]|date=2010-03-19|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> He finished the year playing 8 more games for the Monarchs bring his total to 44 and recorded 4 goals and 10 points in his first professional season. In the playoffs Mullen played two games without recording a point.<ref name=stats/> In his second season Mullen received more responsibilities after being added to the Monarchs [[Power play (sporting term)|power play]] unit, and while he played mostly on defense he did see some ice time at forward. With the changes he doubled his production to 20 points in 67 games.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.monarchshockey.com/news.php?nid=4065|title=Finding His Niche On The Monarchs Blueline|publisher = [[Manchester Monarchs]]|date=2011-09-02|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> During the off-season Mullen was re-signed by the Kings to a one-year contract.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=569512|title=Six Players Agree to Terms with Kings|publisher = [[Los Angeles Kings]]|date=2011-07-15|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> In his third season he again double his point production registering 41 points in 69 games. He also played in 4 playoff games for the Monarchs registering a goal and three points.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.monarchshockey.com/stats.php|title=Manchester Monarchs Individual Player Stats|publisher = [[Manchester Monarchs]]|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref>
 
Undrafted out of college, Mullen signed a two-year entry-level free agent contract with the [[Los Angeles Kings]] on April 3, 2009.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=273645|title=Kings Ink Patrick Mullen to Two-Year Contract|publisher = [[The Sports Network|TSN]]|date=2009-04-03|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> Playing with the Kings [[farm team]] the [[Manchester Monarchs]], Mullen recorded his first professional point, an assist, in his first game, a 6–3 victory over the [[Albany River Rats]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=501104|title=Monarchs Report (Oct. 5)|publisher = [[Los Angeles Kings]]|date=2009-10-05|accessdate=2012-07-18|last=Mueller|first=Kim}}</ref> His first professional goal came almost two months later in a 4–2 win against the [[Springfield Falcons]]. After playing 36 games for the Monarchs, Mullen was sent down to their [[ECHL]] affiliate, the [[Ontario Reign]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=521606|title=Mullen Assigned to Ontario|publisher = [[Los Angeles Kings]]|date=2010-03-16|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> After playing only one game for the Reign, he was recalled by Manchester.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ontarioreign.com/news/teamnews/index.html?article_id=706|title=Mullen Recalled to Manchester|publisher = [[Ontario Reign]]|date=2010-03-19|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> He finished the year playing 8 more games for the Monarchs bring his total to 44 and recorded 4 goals and 10 points in his first professional season. In the playoffs Mullen played two games without recording a point.<ref name=stats/> In his second season Mullen received more responsibilities after being added to the Monarchs [[Power play (sporting term)|power play]] unit, and while he played mostly on defense he did see some ice time at forward. With the changes he doubled his production to 20 points in 67 games.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.monarchshockey.com/news.php?nid=4065|title=Finding His Niche On The Monarchs Blueline|publisher = [[Manchester Monarchs]]|date=2011-09-02|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> During the off-season Mullen was re-signed by the Kings to a one-year contract.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=569512|title=Six Players Agree to Terms with Kings|publisher = [[Los Angeles Kings]]|date=2011-07-15|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref> In his third season he again double his point production registering 41 points in 69 games. He also played in 4 playoff games for the Monarchs registering a goal and three points.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.monarchshockey.com/stats.php|title=Manchester Monarchs Individual Player Stats|publisher = [[Manchester Monarchs]]|accessdate=2012-07-18}}</ref>
   
Following the completion of his contract Mullen left the Kings organization as a free agent and signed with the [[Vancouver Canucks]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Canucks+Vancouver+signs+blueliners+Derek+Joslin+Patrick+Mullen/6889327/story.html|title=Vancouver Canucks sign blueliners Derek Joslin, Patrick Mullen|date=2012-07-05|accessdate=2012-07-06|work=[[Vancouver Sun]]}}</ref> Due to the depth on defense on Vancouver Mullen was not expected to make the Canucks out of training camp.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://blogs.theprovince.com/2012/09/13/canucks-waive-joslin-debsiens-mullen-gordon-and-probably-fin-at-this-point/|title=Canucks waive Joslin, Debsiens, Mullen, Gordon, Ebbett, and probably Fin at this point|date=2012-09-13|accessdate=2012-10-29|work=[[The Province]]|last=Arndt|first=Wyatt}}</ref> With the [[2012–13 NHL lockout|2012–13 lockout]] approaching Mullen was assigned to the Canuck's [[American Hockey League]] affiliate, the [[Chicago Wolves]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks/Vancouver+Canucks+sign+Alex+Burrows/7244194/story.html|title=Vancouver Canucks re-sign 'more confident, stronger' Alex Burrows to four-year deal Top prospects Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev, others assigned to AHL Chicago Wolves, top pick Nicklas Jensen off to Sweden| work =[[Vancouver Sun]] | date = 2012-09-14 |accessdate=2012-09-19|last=Tucker|first=Cam|archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/6AqWFmuVw|archivedate=2012-09-21|deadurl=no}}</ref> In his second game with the Wolves Mullen suffered an injury to his left shoulder. The injury required surgery which ended his season.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-24/sports/ct-spt-1125-wolves-admirals-chicago--20121125_1_wolves-drop-jordan-schroeder-austin-watson|title=Wolves drop 4-3 decision in shootout| work =The Chicago Tribune | date = 2012-11-24|accessdate=2013-03-04|last=LaTour|first=Paul}}</ref> Despite his limited playing time in Chicago the Canucks re-signed Mullen to a one year contract in the off-season.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://thecanuckway.com/2013/06/21/vancouver-canucks-re-sign-defenceman-patrick-mullen/|title=Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Defenceman Patrick Mullen| work =[[Sports Illustrated]] | date = 2013-06-21|accessdate=2013-06-26|last=Tung|first=Allen }}</ref>
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Following the completion of his contract Mullen left the Kings organization as a free agent and signed with the [[Vancouver Canucks]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Canucks+Vancouver+signs+blueliners+Derek+Joslin+Patrick+Mullen/6889327/story.html|title=Vancouver Canucks sign blueliners Derek Joslin, Patrick Mullen|date=2012-07-05|accessdate=2012-07-06|work=[[Vancouver Sun]]}}</ref> Due to the depth on defense on Vancouver Mullen was not expected to make the Canucks out of training camp.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://blogs.theprovince.com/2012/09/13/canucks-waive-joslin-debsiens-mullen-gordon-and-probably-fin-at-this-point/|title=Canucks waive Joslin, Debsiens, Mullen, Gordon, Ebbett, and probably Fin at this point|date=2012-09-13|accessdate=2012-10-29|work=[[The Province]]|last=Arndt|first=Wyatt}}</ref> With the [[2012–13 NHL lockout|2012–13 lockout]] approaching Mullen was assigned to the Canuck's [[American Hockey League]] affiliate, the [[Chicago Wolves]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks/Vancouver+Canucks+sign+Alex+Burrows/7244194/story.html|title=Vancouver Canucks re-sign 'more confident, stronger' Alex Burrows to four-year deal Top prospects Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev, others assigned to AHL Chicago Wolves, top pick Nicklas Jensen off to Sweden| work =[[Vancouver Sun]] | date = 2012-09-14 |accessdate=2012-09-19|last=Tucker|first=Cam|archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/6AqWFmuVw|archivedate=2012-09-21|deadurl=no}}</ref> In his second game with the Wolves Mullen suffered an injury to his left shoulder. The injury required surgery which ended his season.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-24/sports/ct-spt-1125-wolves-admirals-chicago--20121125_1_wolves-drop-jordan-schroeder-austin-watson|title=Wolves drop 4-3 decision in shootout| work =[[The Chicago Tribune]] | date = 2012-11-24|accessdate=2013-03-04|last=LaTour|first=Paul}}</ref> Despite his limited playing time in Chicago the Canucks re-signed Mullen to a one year contract in the off-season.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://thecanuckway.com/2013/06/21/vancouver-canucks-re-sign-defenceman-patrick-mullen/|title=Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Defenceman Patrick Mullen| work =[[Sports Illustrated]] | date = 2013-06-21|accessdate=2013-06-26|last=Tung|first=Allen }}</ref>
   
 
On March 4, 2014, Mullen was traded to the Ottawa Senators organization for [[Jeff Costello]].<ref>{{cite news |work=CBC News |url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/canucks-acquire-jeff-costello-from-sens-for-patrick-mullen-1.2559685 |author=The Canadian Press |title=Canucks acquire Jeff Costello from Sens for Patrick Mullen}}</ref>
 
On March 4, 2014, Mullen was traded to the Ottawa Senators organization for [[Jeff Costello]].<ref>{{cite news |work=CBC News |url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/canucks-acquire-jeff-costello-from-sens-for-patrick-mullen-1.2559685 |author=The Canadian Press |title=Canucks acquire Jeff Costello from Sens for Patrick Mullen}}</ref>
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