Joined Club 2022/23
Date Of Birth 24/07/1996
Hometown Pelham Manor, NY, USA
Hailing from Pelham Manor, NY, USA, Will Cullen is a defenceman who has consistently contributed offensively whether at Junior ‘A’ level, in college or after turning pro.
A CCHL Champion in Junior ‘A’, Cullen progressed to NCAA D1 Bowling Green State, where he would finish his third and final season ranked 14th in the nation for assists and 5th among NCAA defencemen for points-per-game, earning him a nod for WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and selection to the ECHA First All Star side.
After turning pro, the 26-year-old dressed for the AHL’s Bridgeport Islanders last season, followed by the ECHL’s Worcester Railers and Idaho Steelheads. He makes his Belfast Giants debut in 2022-23.
Will Cullen played Junior ‘A’ hockey in Eastern Ontario’s CCHL between 2015 and 2017, appearing for the Ottawa Junior Senators, Nepean Raiders and ultimately the Carleton Place Canadians- where he would clinch the CCHL’s Fred Page Cup whilst scoring 40 points in 40 games, earning him a selection to the CCHL’s Second All-Star team.
Cullen continued to contribute offensively whilst patrolling the blue line for NCAA D1 Bowling Green State University Falcons between 2018 and 2021. He put up 55 points in 96 games across three seasons, including a personal best of 25 points (6 goals, 19 assists) in 28 games in his final year. This tally saw him tied for 14th in the nation for assists and 5th among NCAA defencemen for points-per-game. He finished the season as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and a WCHA First Team All Star.
After opting to turn pro last season following a short spell at the Miami University of Ohio, Cullen made 3 appearances with the AHL’s Bridgeport Islanders.
A move to the ECHL’s Worcester Railers was to follow, playing alongside former Belfast Giant Jordan Smotherman (who has since gone on to take Head Coaching duties in Worcester). Cullen once again contributed points from the blue line, racking up 6 goals and 6 assists in 20 games, before a further move to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads where he closed out the season.