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Hudson Havoc Veteran Hullaby Advances To NCAA Hockey Career At University of Southern Maine

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 05/13/22, 6:30PM EDT

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Dylan Hullaby followed his dream of playing college hockey, and it paid off following his fourth full season in the USPHL Premier - patience and dedication pays off! 

It was all about trusting the process for the 2001-born native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who now moves on to the NCAA’s University of Southern Maine. Hullaby originally connected with Coach Ed Harding at the Kings of the East Coast Showcase last summer between seasons with the Havoc. 

“He watched and then spoke to me after a game. He liked my size and compete level,” said Hullaby, who stands 6-feet-5-inches and weighs in at 225 pounds. “Academically, Southern Maine’s Exercise Science program is very strong as well as the entire school. With hockey, I felt they had a lot of good players and my style would fit in well with the way that they play.”

Hullaby is a classic power forward - he was able to put up 56 points in 85 games over the two seasons in Hudson. Overall, he completed his career with 91 points in 166 games, including three prior seasons with the Minnesota Mullets. 

“I really enjoyed the guys I played with and the [Hudson] community,” said Hullaby about being a staple of Brett Wall’s program for two years, including making a trip to USPHL Nationals this spring. “We had a lot of success on the ice and I was able to make a lot of good friends, especially this last year. The community of Hudson was the best in junior hockey and the support we got from the people who lived there will be something I miss.

“I owe a lot to the Hudson staff for the work they did with me to help me improve as a player. Coach Wall and the rest of the staff really push you to get better. They can be tough but they are also there to support you, and they put a lot of time into helping me improve,” added Hullaby. “I am really thankful for what they did for me.”

From 2017 to the early days of the 2019-20 season, Hullaby suited up for the Minnesota Mullets to start his USPHL journey to a college commitment. 

“Without Coach Chris Walby, I don't think I would be where I am today,” said Hullaby. “He saw something in me and gave me my first opportunity to play and learn the game at the next level. The Mullets showed me what I needed to do to be successful and the time with the organization is something I will never forget.”

Hullaby is certainly excited to make the move east. He was certainly taken with the campus and the city of Portland, Maine, home to USM. 

“I really enjoyed my visit to the campus and area. The facilities were nice and the Portland area looked like a great place to live,” he added. 

In order to be an impact player at the NCAA level, Hullaby knows there is work to be done this off-season. 

“I know the game at the college level is faster so the primary area I will be working on is foot speed and quickness. Playing on the bigger rink at Southern Maine, I know it will be an advantage for us over our opponents, so taking my skating to the next level will be important,” Hullaby added. “I will continue to work on all areas so that on Day 1 I can be an impact player and help the team be successful.”

The USPHL congratulates Dylan Hullaby, his family, the Hudson Havoc and the University of Southern Maine for his commitment.