Mark Cullen, Minnesota Wild
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Cullen was signed by the Minnesota Wild on April 8, 2002 after a four-year collegiate career at Colorado College where he was a two time all-american. After three years of playing with the Houston Aeros of the AHL, Cullen signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 4, 2005. Splitting time with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and Chicago in the 2005–06 season, Cullen saw his first NHL action by playing in 29 games.
He signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season and played in 3 games with the Flyers in 2006–07, spending most of his time with affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. He signed with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5, 2007, where he played for their minor league team the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. He then signed with the Vancouver Canucks on July 4, 2008. During the 2009–10 season he returned to the Chicago Blackhawks organization and played for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
On July 22, 2010, Cullen signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Florida Panthers. Cullen missed the start of the 2010–11 season, after rupturing an Achilles Tendon at the Panthers training camp. On November 29, 2011, the Panthers recalled Cullen and he temporarily filled in as their fourth-line center for six games.
During the 2012–13 season, Cullen joined EC Red Bull Salzburg at the midpoint of their campaign for the remainder of the year from Vityaz Podolsk of the Kontinental Hockey League on December 16, 2012.
After his second season with Salzburg, Cullen left the defeated EBEL finalists for the Champions in Italian club, HC Bolzano, signing a one-year contract on August 20, 2014.
Cullen played three seasons in the Austrian league before moving as a free agent to the Neighbouring German DEL2 league, signing a one-year deal with Dresdner Eislöwen on September 23, 2015.
Mark is has been married to his wife Jayme for 10 years. They have three children together; Max(8), William(6), and Ryane(5). The kids are active in many sports including hockey, baseball, soccer, and gymnastics.
He has been involved with many charities during his time as a professional athlete. His main involvement however has been with the Cullen Children's Foundation. The CCF is based in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and provides financial resources to organizations that support children's healthcare needs with and emphasis on cancer.
Chris Beehler, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3411
Crofton, Maryland 21114