Evansville, Ind. – Evansville IceMen Owner Ron Geary has announced that Dwight Mullins has been hired as the team’s head coach and director of hockey operations. Mullins, a native of Calgary, Alberta, becomes the ECHL team’s third head coach.
“We are excited to have Dwight Mullins directing our hockey operations,” Ron Geary said. “Dwight brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to Evansville. Our search committee reviewed close to forty applicants and felt confident in the direction Mr. Mullins would lead the IceMen.”
Mullins coached the Elmira Jackals the past two seasons, posting an overall record of 64-65-15. In 2012-13, the Jackals qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs, falling to Florida in six games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Prior to his time in Elmira, Mullins coached three years with the Allen Americans in the Central Hockey League, from 2009-12, where his record was an impressive 128-51-17. Allen qualified for the postseason in each of his three seasons years, advancing to the finals in the 2009-10 season. Mullins was also twice selected to coach in the Central Hockey League All-Star Game.
He also brings NHL experience to Evansville. From 2004-08, he was a coach at the Dallas Stars player development camp, and served as the head coach in charge of pre-camp conditioning. He has also been an assistant coach with the WPHL Fort Worth Brahmas and WHL Medicine Hat Tigers.
As a player, Mullins played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League before turning pro. He was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the fifth round (90th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. The highlight of his playing career was captaining the Fort Worth Fire to the Central Hockey League Championship in 1997, winning in seven games over the Memphis RiverKings.