By Breanna St-Jean
Ethan Mulhearn certainly would have preferred to finish his Central Canada Hockey League career by helping his club to a third consecutive league crown, but the Ottawa Jr. Senators captain is nevertheless excited to take the next step in his hockey journey as he gets set to join Hobart College in Geneva, NY.
“I feel like Hobart is a perfect fit for me,” said the Williamstown, Ont. native who played 3 seasons for the Cornwall Colts before joining the Jr. Sens. “There’s about 12,000 people there, it’s not super big and coming from a small town in Ontario, it won’t be a huge transition.
“It’s easier to get to know your teachers and classmates on a personal level and that’s really what I was looking for.”
Mulhearn was the Jr. Sens’ co-leading scorer in 2019-2020 with 21 goals and 29 assists in 62 games before COVID wiped out the playoffs. The squad at times got to play “developmental scrimmages” with other local teams while the pandemic raged, but Mulhearn is looking forward to resuming regular game action at his new NCAA Div. 3 school.
“It’s a renowned program and allows me to move higher up,” added the centreman. “It’s professionally run and other players who’ve been there always had great things to say about it.”
The 21-year-old is looking forward to being around more experienced players once he joins Hobart.
“There’s quite an age difference,” Mulhearn highlighted. “In Ottawa, I was one of the oldest guys on the team, and at Hobart, I’ll be one of the youngest guys on the team.”
He’s also eager to begin his studies in sociology.
“I’ve been out of high school for three years,” noted Mulhearn, who jumped in as an emergency substitute teacher to help out with pandemic-induced school staff shortages.
“I’m interested in policing or teaching, and I think these are fields where I can really incorporate the skills I learned over the last four years,” he added.
Alongside his supportive family, Mulhearn thanked Jr. Sens head coach Martin Dagenais and his assistants (Jamie Mayo, Ben Reinhardt and Stuart Battrick) for aiding his development immensely.
“I owe a lot to my coaches in Ottawa,” he underlined. “They really run a top-notch program and have such a great organization.”