Mitch Love, 31, is now in his fifth year behind the Everett bench since coming full circle with his former junior club to start his coaching career in 2011. His primary focus is working with the Silvertips’ defense corps, where he has helped the ‘Tips rank among the WHL’s top defensive clubs for the past two seasons. With experience playing under Kevin Constantine as both a junior in Everett and a pro with the AHL’s Houston Aeros, Love now works alongside his former head coach to make the Silvertips one of the WHL’s hardest working teams.
A native of Quesnel, British Columbia, Love patrolled the blueline for Everett’s inaugural 2003-04 Western Conference Championship team before serving as Captain of the 2004-05 squad in his final junior season. Despite playing only two years with the franchise, he still ranks fifth in ‘Tips history in career penalty minutes. Love played his first three WHL seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos, where he broke Dave “Tiger” Williams’ 29-year-old franchise record for penalty minutes in a single season (327 in 2002-03) – a record that still stands today.
Love signed a free agent NHL contract with the Colorado Avalanche after graduating from Everett and went on to spend most of a six-year pro career in the American Hockey League. He appeared in 278 AHL games over five seasons, leading the league and setting a Houston Aeros’ franchise record with 34 fighting majors in 2008-09. Love concluded his playing career with the Central Hockey League’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in 2010-11, finishing with over 900 career penalty minutes and 30 points in 325 professional contests.
Mitch and his wife Jenni reside in Mill Creek with their daughter Makenna and dog Lexi.
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