Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
John Mitchell
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 01/22/1985
AGE: 31
DRAFTED: TOR: 2003-158 overall
Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for NY Rangers' 7th round choice (Viktor Loov) in 2012 Entry Draft, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2012.
2014-15 SEASON
Recorded 26 points (11g/15a) in 68 games for the Avalanche…Finished tied for third on the squad with three power-play goals, matching his career high set in 2013-14…Began the season on the Injured Non-Roster list, forcing him to miss the first four games of the year…Was activated on Oct. 16 and scored a short-handed goal in his season debut that night in Ottawa…The goal was Mitchell’s first career short-handed tally and marked the third time in as many seasons with Colorado that he’s scored a goal in his first game of the year…Missed 10 of 11 games due to a leg injury, Nov. 22 to Dec. 18…Was placed on IR, Dec. 11 (retroactive to Nov. 29) and activated on Dec. 20…Tied his career high with two assists on Jan. 6 at Chicago…Appeared in his 400th NHL game on March 19 at Arizona.

Set career highs in assists (21) and points (32) while appearing in 75 games for Colorado…His 11 goals were one shy of his career best set with Toronto in 2008-09…Ranked fourth on the club in plus/minus (+13)…Reached 100 points for his NHL career with a pair of assists on Nov. 30 vs. Minnesota…Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Dec. 14 vs. Minnesota…Missed his first game of the season on Jan. 24 at Florida (illness), snapping a career-best streak of 86 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 14, 2013…Signed a three-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season on March 14…Left the game with a back injury on March 18 at Montreal, forcing him to miss four games from March 19-27…Missed the final two games of the regular season, April 11-13, due to injury (head).

2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Missed the playoffs due to injury (head).

2012-13: Tallied 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 47 games during his first season with the Avalanche…Finished second on the team in plus/minus (+5), was third in hits (99) and fourth in goals…Finished tied for fifth on the club in points…Scored a goal on his first shift as a member of the Avalanche in the season opener at Minnesota on Jan. 19…Tied his career high with two goals and three points (2g/1a) on Jan. 31 at Calgary…It was his second career three-point game and third career multi-goal effort…Registered a career-high seven hits on Feb. 26 at San Jose…Missed his only game of the season on Feb. 11 vs. Phoenix due to illness.

2011-12: Appeared in 63 games for the New York Rangers, tallying 16 points (5g/11a) to go along with a +10 plus/minus rating…Began the season with New York’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, where he had 14 points (7g/7a) in 17 games…Was recalled by the Rangers on Nov. 24 and made his season debut the following night in Washington…Tied his career high with two assists and was +2 at the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park…Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Feb. 24 at NY Islanders.

2011-12 PLAYOFFS: Dressed in 18 of New York’s 20 playoff contests, posting one assist while winning 53.5% of his faceoffs (38-of-71)…Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the ECQF against Ottawa on April 12…Collected his first career playoff point with an assist in Game 5 of the ECSF versus Washington on May 7.

2010-11: Began the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, appearing in 23 games (2g/1a)…Was reassigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on Feb. 10…Was traded from Toronto to the New York Rangers on Feb. 28 and finished the season with New York’s AHL affiliate in Connecticut…Ranked third on the Whale with a +8 rating following the trade…Tied for the team lead in playoff goals (3) and ranked second in playoff assists (3) in six postseason games with Connecticut.

2009-10: Dressed in 60 games for the Maple Leafs in his second NHL season, collecting 23 points (6g/17a)…Tallied his first career game-winning goal on March 10 at Ottawa…Recorded a career-high three-game assist streak from Oct. 26-30.

2008-09: Spent the entire year with the Maple Leafs, registering 29 points (12g/17a) in 76 games…Made his NHL debut in the season opener on Oct. 9 vs. Detroit…Recorded his first career point with an assist on Oct. 13 vs. St. Louis…Notched a career-high three points (2g/1a), including his first NHL goal, on Nov. 1 against the Rangers at the Air Canada Centre.

2007-08: Established AHL career bests in games played (79), goals (20), assists (31), points (51) and penalty minutes (56) with the Toronto Marlies…Led the team in goals and ranked second in points…Went on to appear in 19 playoff contests for the Marlies, pacing the team with eight postseason goals (8g/4a).

2006-07: Tied for fourth on the Marlies with 36 points (16g/20a) in 73 games…His 16 goals also ranked fourth on the squad.

2005-06: Appeared in 51 games for the Toronto Marlies in his first full AHL season…Registered his first professional point with a goal on Dec. 2 at Hamilton.

2004-05: Led the Plymouth Whalers in points (75), goals (25-tied) and assists (50) in his final OHL season…Made his AHL debut with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, appearing in two games.

2003-04: Led Plymouth in scoring with 82 points (28g/54a) in 65 games, tying him for ninth in the OHL scoring race…Also led the Whalers in assists, 10th best in the league…Had a 14-game point streak from Jan. 1-31, registering 23 points (8g/15a) over that span.

2002-03: Ranked fourth on the Whalers with 55 points (18g/37a) in 68 regular season games…Went on to skate in 18 playoff contests where he tied for the team lead with 10 assists (2g/10a).

2001-02: Made his OHL debut with Plymouth, appearing in 62 games…Collected two assists in his OHL debut on Sept. 22 vs. Owen Sound…Also skated in six playoff contests.

John and his wife, Mia, have a daughter, Gracyn… John co-hosts a charity golf tournement in Kitchener, Ontario each summer, which benefits KidsAbility Foundation for special needs children…Participates in the Avalanche’s “Break The Ice” community program, which gives children with little or no skating experience the opportunity to receive free skating instruction.