Mitch Callahan

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Mitch Callahan
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Born (1991-08-17) August 17, 1991 (age 26)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 180th overall, 2009
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2011–present

Mitchell Callahan (born August 17, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Callahan was drafted 180th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

During the 2008–09 season, Callahan was a member of the Kelowna Rockets team that won the Ed Chynoweth Cup, in his debut season with the club. During the 2010–11 season, Callahan helped Kelowna to a B.C. Division title, by finishing second among team leaders with 23 goals, and third among team leaders with 31 assists. Callahan was named the WHL player of the week for the week ending November 6, 2010, after recording five goals and seven assists in four games. During Callahan's three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets, he registered 57 goals, 128 points, and 440 penalty minutes in 204 games played.[1]

Professional[edit]

On May 4, 2010, the Detroit Red Wings signed Callahan to a three-year entry-level contract.[2]

Callahan made his AHL debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 8, 2011. During his first professional season, which was limited to 48 games due to injuries, Callahan finished second among AHL rookies with 14 fighting majors.

During the 2012–13 season, Callahan skated in 71 of 76 games in his second season in the AHL. On January 19, 2013, Callahan recorded his first professional hat-trick in a game against the Rockford IceHogs. Callahan tied for the team lead in the Calder Cup Finals with five points, helping lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup.[3]

On March 25, 2014, Callahan made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[4]

During the 2013–14 season, Callahan skated in 70 games in his third season in the AHL, and finished among the Griffins' leading scorers with 26 goals (2nd) and 44 points (4th).

On July 17, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Callahan to a one-year contract.[5]

During the 2014–15 season, Callahan recorded 16 goals and 22 assists in 48 games during his fourth season in the AHL, before a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

On July 13, 2015, the Detroit Red Wings signed Callahan to a one-year contract extension.[6]

On July 21, 2016, the Detroit Red Wings signed Callahan to a one-year contract extension.[7] On March 1, 2017, Callahan was recalled by the Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, he recorded 14 goals and 22 assists in 53 games for the Griffins.[8] On March 20, Callahan was returned to the Griffins.[9] During the 2016–17 season, Callahan recorded 16 goals and 27 assists in 66 regular season games for the Griffins. During the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs he recorded six goals and 10 assists in 19 playoff games, to help lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup.

On July 1, 2017, Callahan left the Red Wings and signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers.[10] On February 13, 2018, Callahan was suspended 20 games for violating terms of the American Hockey League/Professional Hockey Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program.[11]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 USA

Callahan represented the United States at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a bronze medal. Callahan's only goal in the tournament was a game-winning goal against Switzerland in the final preliminary-round game to give the team a bye into the medal round.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Kelowna Rockets WHL 70 14 13 27 188 22 1 3 4 43
2009–10 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 20 27 47 165 12 2 4 6 10
2010–11 Kelowna Rockets WHL 62 23 31 54 87 10 5 4 9 17
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 48 6 3 9 103
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 71 11 9 20 93 24 6 5 11 33
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 26 18 44 51 8 1 4 5 6
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 48 16 22 38 24
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 62 19 13 32 94 9 0 2 2 9
2016–17 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 66 16 27 43 57 19 6 10 16 18
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 45 2 7 9 23
NHL totals 5 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 0 1 2
Junior totals 6 1 0 1 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
AHL
Calder Cup (Grand Rapids Griffins) 2013, 2017 [13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitch Callahan
  2. ^ Beam, Todd (May 14, 2010). "Red Wings sign Mitchell Callahan". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mitch Callahan theAHL.com, March 25, 2014
  4. ^ Roose, Bill (March 25, 2014). "California kid ready for his Wings debut". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (July 17, 2014). "Red Wings re-sign Callahan, Nestrasil". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (July 13, 2015). "Red Wings bring back Callahan and Jensen". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (July 21, 2016). "Red Wings re-sign Mitch Callahan". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (March 1, 2017). "Detroit recalls forward Mitch Callahan". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (March 20, 2017). "Callahan returned to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ Wescott, Chris (July 1, 2017). "Oilers sign Mitch Callahan". Edmonton Oilers. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Condors Callahan suspended 20 games by AHL for violation of Performance Enhancing Substances Program". Bakersfield Condors . February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  12. ^ U.S. National Junior Team Edges Switzerland, 2-1 juniorhockey.com, January 1, 2011
  13. ^ "Ain't It Grand". AHL. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ Wakiji, Dana (June 13, 2017). "Grand Rapids Griffins win Calder Cup at home". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 

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