Former Florida Panthers forward Mark Cullen has signed one-year deal with Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL.

Cullen was signed by the Minnesota Wild on April 8, 2002 after a fou r-year collegiate career at Colorado College. After three years of playing with theHouston Aeros of the AHL, Cullen signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 4, 2005. Splitting time with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and Chicago in the 2005–06 season, Cullen saw his first NHL action by playing in 29 games.

He signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season and played in 3 games with the Flyers in 2006–07, spending most of his time with affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. He signed with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5, 2007, where he played for their minor league team the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. He then signed with the Vancouver Canucks on July 4, 2008. During the 2009–10 season he returned to the Chicago Blackhawks organization and played for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

On July 22, 2010, Cullen signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Florida Panthers. Cullen missed the start of the 2010–11 season, after rupturing an Achilles Tendon at the Panthers training camp. On November 29, 2011, the Panthers recalled Cullen and he temporarily filled in as their fourth-line center for six games. In 38 career NHL games, Cullen has amassed 17 points, mainly in a fourth line role.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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