The following story on hockey junior Mike Hull appeared on insidecollegehockey.com on Aug. 19, 2010, and was written by Ken McMillan.
Key Statistics: Mike Hull posted eight goals and 28 points during his sophomore season at West Point. He ranked second in team assists, fourth in points and fourth in goals. He had a goal and 12 assists on the power play. His 14 penalties ranked third on the team, and he tied for the lead with two short-handed tallies. Hull bumped his numbers from a decent freshman campaign, when he had five goals and 17 points. One troubling statistic would be his plus/minus ratings (minus-16 as a rookie, minus-13 last season). Hull played for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League in 2007-08, posting eight goals and 28 points in 49 games.
What He Does: Hull has fine offensive skills, starting with his hands, his vision on the ice and his hockey sense. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound Hull is strong, skates well and is a well-rounded player. Army coach Brian Riley used Hull in a lot of key situations as a sophomore, and expects to increase his responsibilities in all phases this season. “He is definitely one of our go-to guys,” Riley said.
The Bigger Picture: All-star linemate Owen Meyer is graduated, but Hull’s right-side partner, Bryant Skarda, is back for his junior year, and that pair saw a bit of time with rising sophomore Andy Starczewski. Riley says he’s undecided about his line combinations at this point but guarantees Hull will be on the top unit. Riley believes Hull has the ability to be a real good offensive player at the Division I level.
Army coach Brian Riley on Hull: “If you asked a lot of coaches in the league, they may not know much about him because of the players we had when he was a freshman and sophomore, but I am definitely confident when this year is said and done they will know who he is.”