Mitch Wahl

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Mitch Wahl
Mitch Wahl.jpg
Born (1990-01-22) January 22, 1990 (age 27)
Seal Beach, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
Allsv team
Former teams
IK Oskarshamn
Abbotsford Heat
Hamilton Bulldogs
Adirondack Phantoms
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Utica Comets
NHL Draft 48th overall, 2008
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2010–present

Mitch Wahl (born January 22, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing with IK Oskarshamn of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan (Allsv). He was selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.

Wahl played four years of junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), winning the WHL championship and Memorial Cup in 2008. He was named a First Team All-Star by the WHL in 2009–10 before turning professional at the conclusion of his junior season. He was a member of the American junior team at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Personal[edit]

Wahl grew up in Seal Beach, California. His parents, Mitch Sr. and Michelle, knew little about hockey but enrolled him in the sport after he showed an aptitude for skating during a birthday party for his elder sister.[1] He began playing at the age of six, and credits the arrival of Wayne Gretzky with the Los Angeles Kings for creating opportunities for himself and other players in southern California.[2] Wahl is also an avid surfer.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Wahl played minor hockey with the California Wave, and caught the attention of WHL scouts while playing in tournaments in Vancouver, Kamloops and Medicine Hat.[2] He was selected in the first round, fourth overall, by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft.[3] After appearing in two games with the Chiefs in 2005–06, Wahl joined the team full-time in 2006–07, scoring 16 goals and 48 points in 69 games.[4] He improved to 73 points in 2007–08, and added 14 points in 21 playoff games as the Chiefs won the Ed Chynoweth Cup as league champions.[4][5] At the 2008 Memorial Cup tournament, Wahl scored six points in four games to help the Chiefs win the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) championship.[6]

Wahl's success attracted the attention of the Calgary Flames, who selected him with their second pick, 48th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[6] He also joined the United States men's national junior ice hockey team for the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring four points for the fifth place Americans.[7] He finished the 2008–09 WHL season with 32 goals and 63 points.[4] In 2009–10, he finished sixth in league scoring with 96 points and was named a First Team All-Star by the WHL. He ended his WHL career in sixth place all-time in scoring for the Chiefs with 284 points and third all-time in assists with 186. The team also named him one of the top 25 players in their first 25 seasons.[8] Upon the conclusion of his WHL season, Wahl joined the Flames's AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He played in four regular season games, scoring a goal and three assists, and remained with the team into the 2010 Calder Cup playoffs.[9]

He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 25, 2013 for Mike Testwuide.[10] The Flyers did not tender him a qualifying offer in the off-season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

On August 5, 2013, Wahl signed his first European contract as a free agent, agreeing to a one-year deal with Austrian club, EC Red Bull Salzburg of the EBEL.[11]

On June 25, 2014, Wahl agreed to a one-year contract with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.[12] After producing 59 points in 53 games with the Everblades in the 2014–15 season, Wahl returned to Europe to sign a one-year contract with Swedish second division club, IK Oskarshamn of the Allsvenskan on July 1, 2015.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Spokane Chiefs WHL 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 69 16 32 48 40 4 0 1 1 5
2007–08 Spokane Chiefs WHL 67 20 53 73 63 21 6 8 14 20
2008–09 Spokane Chiefs WHL 63 32 35 67 78 12 2 11 13 6
2009–10 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 30 66 96 96 7 4 5 9 8
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 4 1 3 4 0 12 2 4 6 4
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 17 1 4 5 0
2011–12 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 38 20 20 40 95 3 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 22 2 3 5 6
2012–13 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 45 19 40 59 115 4 0 2 2 2
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 6 1 0 1 4
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 15 1 3 4 6
2013–14 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 5 0 1 1 9
2013–14 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 65 17 39 56 160 10 0 1 1 23
2013–14 Utica Comets AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Florida Everblades ECHL 53 15 44 59 94 8 3 3 6 6
2015–16 IK Oskarshamn Swe-1 52 27 13 40 77
AHL totals 71 6 13 19 24 12 2 4 6 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC 5th 6 1 3 4 2
Junior totals 6 1 3 4 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
Junior
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2008 [14]
WHL First All-Star Team 2009–10 [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hall, Vicki (2010-04-24). "Flames prospect will surf gym more instead of beach". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b King, Patrick (2007-10-19). "A Wahl of a player". Rogers Sportsnet. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  3. ^ Flett, Cory; Watts, Jessie (eds.). 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 126. 
  4. ^ a b c Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean (2009). 2009–10 Calgary Flames Media Guide (PDF). Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 127. 
  5. ^ "Spokane Chiefs earn berth in the MasterCard Memorial Cup". Canadian Hockey League. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2010-04-25. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Surfs up in Calgary". Canadian Press. 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  7. ^ "2009 WJHC Statistics" (pdf). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Wahl, Beach move on". SWXRN. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  9. ^ Hennessy, Kristi (2010-04-21). "Wahl shows skills in the AHL". Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Flames acquire Mike Testwuide from Philadelphia". Calgary Flames. February 25, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mitch Wahl reinforces Salzburg" (in German). EC Red Bull Salzburg. 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  12. ^ "Everblades agree to terms with Wahl". ECHL. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  13. ^ "Offensive forward Mitch Wahl to OIK" (in Swedish). IK Oskarshamn. 2015-07-01. Archived from the original on 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  14. ^ Memorial Cup All-Star Teams Archived 2016-01-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "WHL announces 2009–10 Conference All-Star teams and award finalists". Western Hockey League. 2010-03-18. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 

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