Mitchell in April 2015
January 30, 1985|
Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
126th overall, 2004|
San Jose Sharks
Torrey Charles Mitchell (born January 30, 1985) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centerman who last played for Lausanne HC of the National League (NL). Mitchell previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the San Jose Sharks, the Minnesota Wild, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round, 126th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Mitchell graduated from Selwyn House School and The Hotchkiss School before he attended the University of Vermont. During his Junior year at Vermont, he served as co-captain of the Catamounts. After the Catamounts' 2006–07 season, Mitchell left the school and played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Worcester Sharks. On March 31, 2007, Mitchell scored his first AHL goal against the Houston Aeros in a 7–3 victory.
San Jose Sharks
In the summer of 2007, Mitchell attended the San Jose Sharks' training camp, and on October 4, 2007, he played his first NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers. He scored his first NHL goal on November 9, 2007, against Jean-Sébastien Giguère of the rival Anaheim Ducks. During that season, Mitchell spent most of his time playing on the third line with Patrick Rissmiller and Mike Grier, becoming a penalty-killing specialist with the Sharks. Mitchell also became a favourite among Shark fans when he scored a memorable goal in a game against the Ducks. The Sharks were killing a penalty, and Mitchell was able to grab the puck on a breakaway and score on Giguère while defenceman Mathieu Schneider was hooking from behind, even forcing Mitchell to fall on the ice before Mitchell got up and scored the goal. On April 10, 2008, Mitchell scored his first career NHL playoff goal in the second game of the first round series against the Calgary Flames, assisted by Ryane Clowe and Craig Rivet.
On September 21, 2008, during an open team practice, Mitchell was pushed by Brett Westgarth while skating full speed towards the net. He slammed into the right goal post and suffered a complete, non-displaced tibia/fibula fracture, commonly known as a "boot top fracture." The original estimate for his return to the ice was a minimum of two months after the incident. He resumed skating with the Sharks in practice in January 2009. He resumed play with a planned three-game conditioning assignment to the American Hockey League Worcester Sharks on January 16, 2009, but he suffered another injury to the same leg during play on January 18. He missed the remainder of the regular season, later making his season debut in the Sharks third playoff game.
After a 2008–09 season marred by injury, Mitchell became a restricted free agent in the off-season, eventually re-signing with the Sharks on a three-year, $4.1 million contract.
On July 1, 2012, Mitchell signed as a free agent to a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, however, Mitchell signed a standard contract with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL on December 31, 2012. He played his first official game as a Bull two days later and scored the only regulation goal for the team at their home arena, the Cow Palace, in a 2–1 shootout loss.
On March 5, 2014, Mitchell was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, along with a second-round draft pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2016 (traded to Montreal for Josh Gorges), in exchange for Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick. Mitchell finished the season with 2 goals and 10 points in 67 games.
In the following 2014–15 season, Mitchell was again moved at the NHL trade deadline – he was shipped to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jack Nevins and a seventh-round draft pick in 2016 on March 2, 2015.
On June 15, 2015, Mitchell signed a three-year contract to remain with the Canadiens for a reported $3.6 million.
Los Angeles Kings
During the 2017–18 season, having played in 11 scoreless games in his fourth year within the Canadiens, Mitchell was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick on November 23, 2017. In assuming a checking-line role with the Kings, Mitchell appeared in 49 games, registering 6 goals and 11 points.
As a free agent from the Kings, Mitchell opted to embark on a career abroad, agreeing to a one-year contract in Switzerland, worth CHF 700,000 with Lausanne HC of the National League (NL) on July 17, 2018. After only appearing in 28 regular season games (12 points) with Lausanne in 2018/19, Mitchell was released at the conclusion of the season.
|2004–05||University of Vermont||ECAC||38||11||19||30||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Vermont||HE||38||12||28||40||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of Vermont||HE||39||12||23||35||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||San Jose Sharks||NHL||82||10||10||20||48||13||1||2||3||10|
|2008–09||San Jose Sharks||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||4||0||0||0||2|
|2009–10||San Jose Sharks||NHL||56||2||9||11||27||15||0||2||2||2|
|2010–11||San Jose Sharks||NHL||66||9||14||23||46||18||1||4||5||10|
|2011–12||San Jose Sharks||NHL||76||9||10||19||29||5||0||1||1||6|
|2012–13||San Francisco Bulls||ECHL||2||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||49||6||5||11||28||4||0||0||0||0|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||2004–05|
- "Bulls Sign Former Sharks Fan Favorite Torrey Mitchell". San Francisco Bulls Pro Hockey (Official Site). 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Torrey Mitchell Scores in Bulls Debut, a 2-1 Shootout Loss to Colorado". San Francisco Bulls Pro Hockey (Official Site). 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Wild gets Moulson, McCormick from Sabres for Mitchell, picks". StarTribune. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
- "Mitchell traded to Canadiens by Sabres". National Hockey League. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
- "Canadiens sign Mitchell to three-year deal". The Sports Network. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "LA Kings Acquire Torrey Mitchell from Montreal Canadiens in Trade". NHL.com. November 23, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
- "Torrey Mitchell agrees to terms with Lausanne". Lausanne HC (in French). 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-07-17.