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Nicolas Cullinan ‘19 Recruiting Profile

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Nicolas Cullinan's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
NA3HL Danbury Jr Hat Tricks
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Team Level
High School

Personal Statement

I was born on February 20, 2001. I have a good hockey birthday. I first entered an ice rink when I was 2 days old. My Mom had just brought me home from the hospital and my older brother had a big game that night. My parents debated about whether or not to bring me to the rink and ultimately decided I would survive the experience. I did survive and although I have no recollection of that day, it was the first of many, many days I would be at the rink, cheering on my brothers before I could skate and running around like a maniac under the bleachers and around the lobby until I ran face-first into a pole, and knocked my front teeth out! I am what people affectionately refer to as a “rink rat”.

My Dad built a rink in our backyard and I spent my youngest years trying to keep up with my brothers, 5 years and 8 years older than me. When the ice melted we put on rollerblades and played street hockey or played knee hockey indoors. I can’t remember a time when I was not playing some form of hockey. When I was 6 years old my brothers were playing travel hockey and the program was trying to recruit young players for the future. Although I was technically too young, they put me on a Mite team and before I knew it, I was playing at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid where the 1980 Miracle On Ice took place. Hockey has occupied the better part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My goal is to go as far as I possibly can in this sport that I love.

I believe I have the talent, dedication, and determination to play college hockey.  In my 4 years as a Varsity player at Ridgefield High School I earned the following honors:

  • Rookie of the Year (2015-16)

  • 2X Offensive Player of the Year (2016-17, 2017-18)  

  • 2X First Team All-State (2017-18, 2018-19)

  • Second Team All-FCIAC (2017-18)

  • First Team All-FCIAC (2018-19)

  • USA Hockey 17 Select New England Player Development Camp (2018)  

  • CIAC Division 1 MVP (2018-19) 

  • Player of the Year (2018-19) 

  • Career Stats: 85 G,  75A,  160 PTS

  • Weighted GPA 4.142

I was admitted to The Taft School as a PG in the fall of 2019 and finished with a GPA of 93.4. One of the highlights of our season was beating Salisbury for the first time in 8 years! I led the team in goals and was awarded the Angier Hockey Trophy for excellence in leadership and contribution to the team.

My family has always believed in me and that has given me the confidence to keep working toward my goals and not let distractions like negativity get to me. Being the youngest of 3 boys has made me a fighter and given me a competitive edge both academically and athletically. I know that without academics I can’t achieve my athletic goals, so I have put as much effort into school as I have into sports, challenging myself with honors classes in my freshman and sophomore years, and a combination of honors and AP classes in my junior, senior, and PG years. I have achieved honors or high honors in every quarter of my high school career.

As much as I love hockey, I always look forward to the spring when I can put on my cleats and play baseball. I have been a two-sport athlete for my whole life. I think the mental aspects of the game of baseball and the pace of the game of hockey combine to make me a well-rounded athlete. In addition, by playing two sports I avoid burnout and eagerly anticipate the start of a new season. If given a chance to compete at the collegiate level I will apply the same work ethic, dedication and determination that define me as a person and an athlete.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 5 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 4 years
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #11
  • Individual Awards:
    Angier Hockey Trophy, Leading Goal Scorer
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All-State
  • Team Awards:
    CT State Player of the Year, Conference Champs
  • Season Schedule
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Individual Awards:
    2nd Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-State, Offensive Player of the Year
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs
  • Season Schedule
  • 2016 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Individual Awards:
    Offensive Player of the Year, BlueStreak-Ruden Report Player of the Week, Hummel Hot Dog Player of the Game
  • Team Awards:
    State Champs, Conference Champs
  • Season Schedule
  • 2015 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #2
  • Individual Awards:
    Rookie of the Year

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 3 seasons
  • 2020 NA3HL Danbury Jr Hat Tricks (Juniors)
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 Mid Fairfield 18U Showcase (Split Season Midget 18U)
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Southern CT Stars (Split Season Midget 18U)
  • Notes: State Champions
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Ryan Shannon
  • High School Head Coach
  • Shaun Gallagher
  • High School Assistant Coach
  • Matt Richards
  • High School Assistant Coach
  • Paul Fabbri
  • Juniors Coach
  • Kevin Cunningham
  • Juniors Coach
  • Bill McCreary

Additional Sports

  • Baseball
  • F
  • 10 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • Best In-Game Positional Performance 2018 PBR New England Academic Games II, Rawlings Futures Showcase 2018, CIAC Class LL Runner Up 2018, American Legion Zone 4 Junior Showcase & All Star Game 2017, FCIAC Runner Up 2017, CIAC Class LL Semi Final 2017



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High School Information

High School:
The Taft School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. US History, Algebra 2, Spanish 4, Spanish 5, Moral Issues in World Lit.
AP Classes:
Yes. English, Physics, Government & Politics, Biology AP English Language & Composition Test Score: 4
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2015-16 Q1
  • Award
    • High Honors 2015-16 Q2
  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2015-16 Q3
  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2015-16 Q4
  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2016-17 Q1
  • Award
    • High Honors 2016-17 Q2
  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2016-17 Q3
  • Award
    • High Honors 2016-17 Q4
  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2017-18 Q1
  • Award
    • High Honors 2017-18 Q2
  • Award
    • High Honors 2017-18 Q3
  • Award
    • Honor Roll 2017-18 Q4
  • Award
    • High Honors 2018-19 Q1
  • Award
    • High Honors 2018-19 Q2
  • Award
    • High Honors 2018-19 Q3
  • Award
    • High Honors 2018-19 Q4
  • Award
    • 2020 College Board AP Scholar
  • Activity
    • American Legion Boys State Delegate

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Statistic 2020 NA3HL Danb 2019 Varsity Te 2018 Varsity Te 2017 Varsity Te 2016 Varsity Te
+/- +20 36 39 32
Assists 19 6 28 24 17
Game Winning Goals 6 4 3
Goals 25 10 38 25 18
Points 44 16 66 49 35
Short Handed Goals 1 1
Games Played 23 25 23 24 26
Record 8-16-1 22-1 20-5 24-2-0


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