Mitch Love

Hometown:

Quesnel B.C.

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-06-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Free agent 2005

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

The Colorado Avalanche signed the left-handed Defenseman as a Free Agent in October, 2005 and assigned him to the Lowell Lockmonsters.

Mitch Love played 5 seasons in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos, and Everett Silvertips.

2000-01: In Love’s first full season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, played 51 games, scored 5 goals, 4 assists, and 97 PIM, establishing himself as a rugged defenseman. Moose Jaw made the playoffs got swept in the 1st round. Love did not see much ice time in the 4 games.

2001-02: Love split time between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Swift Current Broncos. In 16 games with the Warriors, Love compiled 40 PIM and 1 assist. In Swift Current Love’s role increased. In 52 games he scored 5 goals, 11 assists, 132 PIM. His 172 total PIM ranked second for Swift Current. Love played in all 12 of Swift Current’s playoff games, going pointless and getting a team leading 37 PIM.

2002-03: Love drew a league leading 327 PIM and still managed to compile a new high in points with 17 (2 goals, 15 assists). His strong physical play couldn’t prevent the Broncos from an early 1st round playoff exit however.

2003-04: Love was traded to the expansion Everett Silvertips. He was thought of as just a fighter. He wanted to prove he was more than that. He was named the team’s Assistant Captain, and he improved his offensive game. He scored 12 goals, 15 assists, cut down his PIM to just 163. His 27 points, 6th most for the Silvertips and most for a defenseman, was a new high. The team made the WHL Finals, but ended up losing. Love played in all 21 playoff games, scoring 2 goals, 4 assists, and a team leading 47 PIM. He also finished with a +/- of 9, the 3rd highest on the team, highest for defenseman. He won the Silvertips Community Relations Award by attending a countless number of public events, quickly becoming the Silvertips most popular player.

2004-05: Love was named captain, scored 9 goals, 20 assists, and 142 PIMs. He led Everett to the playoffs, but missed 5 games with a knee injury. Love once again won the Silvertips Community Service Award, and is regarded as one of the most popular players in Silvertips history.

Talent Analysis
Plays bigger than his size, solid open ice hitter and play a physical game. Stay at home who is at his best when he keeps it simple, chipping the puck out on the wall and moving the puck quickly.