Let’s get to know more about Torrey Mitchell, the Lions Vaudois new import player.
A great work ethic. He’s described as a “mouse on cheese” when it comes to chasing the puck. Let’s get to know more about him…
Date of Birth: 30.01.1985
Place of Birth: GREENFIELD PARK, QC (CAN)
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Torrey Mitchell is a Canadian forward born in Greenfield Park, Quebec, on January 30, 1985.
Greenfield Park is a former city and is currently a borough of the city of Longueuil. The same borough gave birth to a couple of players and former ice hockey players. Including Chaline Lobonte. The latter, who’s now retired, won the Olympic Gold Medal with the Canada Women’s National Hockey Team at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Torrey Mitchell was drafted in 2004 by the San José Sharks (4th Round, 126 overall). He attended the University of Vermont where he played three seasons. Including the last one as the Captain of the team.
He made his AHL debut during the 2006-07 season while in the summer of 2007 he attended the San José Sharks camp. With the Sharks, Torrey made his NHL debut on October 4, 2007, against the Edmonton Oilers.
From that moment, Torrey’s career took off. During the years he played for the San José Sharks, the Minnesota Wild, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montréal Canadiens and finally for the Los Angeles Kings last season. In total, Torrey Mitchell collected as many as 745 NHL appearances and scored 170 points.
Over the years he even collected 24 AHL appearances (13 points) but mainly to recover after injuries. His 2008-09 season has been an ordeal in this regard… since Torrey could play only 6 games. Two in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and 4 playoffs games in the NHL with his club the San José Sharks.
Last season then, Torrey Mitchell played 49 games with the Los Angeles Kings after which, as a free agent, he opted to embark on a career abroad. More precisely, he agreed terms with Lausanne HC and joined the team now coached by Ville Peltonen.
Torrey Mitchell can be a real added value for Lausanne. In order to get to know more about him, we got in touch with someone who was following him closely in the past.
In this case, it was a pleasure to meet Stu Cowan. He is a sport columnist at the Montreal Gazette. Stu has written about Torrey Mitchell since he was playing youth hockey on the South Shore of Montreal in the town of Greenfield Park, where he grew up. Torrey’s father, Steve, was his high-school hockey coach many years ago at Centennial Regional High School in Greenfield Park.
We thank him a lot and below we propose you his impression on Torrey Mitchells. Which are his strenghts, his weaknesses and some trivia.
Skating and work ethic have always been Torrey’s biggest strengths, along with taking face-offs. He has always been a fast skater and one NHL scout once told me he was like “a mouse on cheese” when it comes to chasing the puck. He is relentless. As a result he is a very good penalty-killer. He also has very good leadership skills and was captain when he played at the University of Vermont.
This September, Torrey will be inducted into the University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame.
At the NHL level Torrey’s weakness was a lack of offensive production, although part of that had to do with the role he was given mainly as a fourth-line checking centre. The most points he ever had in one NHL season was 23 (9 goals, 14 assists) with the San Jose Sharks in 2010-11. However, during his three seasons at the University of Vermont he had 105 points in 115 games (35 goals, 70 assists).
Torrey was a Canadiens fan growing up, but his favourite player was Joe Sakic with the Colorado Avalanche. He learned to skate on the backyard rink his father built every winter. His father ran a hockey school for years, but is now retired and Torrey’s brother, Josh, has taken over and now runs the Greenfield Park Hockey School each summer. Josh is also a gym teacher and hockey coach at Heritage Regional High School, following in his father’s footsteps. Josh was also a very good player as a kid. Steve retired from teaching and coaching a few years ago from Selwyn House School in Montreal, where he went after Centennial Regional High School.
Thank you very much, Stu!
During the 2006-07 season, Torrey Mitchell was Captain and Top Scorer of the University of Vermont (39 games, 35 points). In fact, during that season he was also the Captain of someone we know quite well over here in Switzerland… Viktor Stalberg, currently playing for EV Zug!
During the 2013-14 season, Torrey Mitchell collected 58 appearances (9 points) with the Minnesota Wild and he was a teammate of Nino Niderreiter (Swiss top player) and Dany Heatley (16 games, 24 points, for SC Bern during the 2004-05 season).
Below, several interesting pieces (in English) about Torrey Mitchell published by the Montreal Gazette.
Good luck for your career in Switzerland, Torrey Mitchell!