Boston College senior forward Pat Mullane has agreed to terms with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs for the 2013-14 season, according to a release from Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard.
The Wallingford, Connecticut native played in 163 career games for the Eagles, registering 42 goals and 98 assists from 2009-2013. The senior captain was a member of two NCAA National Championship teams as a freshman (2010) and junior (2012).
Rockford has become a bit of a stomping ground for former Eagle greats. Boston College defenseman Mike Brennan and forwards Ben Smith and Jimmy Hayes have all spent time with the Blackhawk's AHL affiliate. The NHL rights to rising senior Kevin Hayes are also owned by the Blackhawks and the younger Hayes will likely begin his professional career in Rockford as well.
The IceHogs finished the year 42-31-2-1 but finished third in the Western Conference's Midwest Division, failing to qualify for this year's Calder Cup Playoffs. BC's Ben Smith (27-20-47) and Jimmy Hayes (25-20-45) were the team's fourth and sixth leading scorers, respectively.
Best of luck to Mullane in Rockford!