Mitch Love, 30, is now in his fourth 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, the same position he played for most of his five-year WHL career and six seasons as a professional. Reunited with Head Coach Kevin Constantine prior to last season, Love now works alongside the same coach who tutored him as a junior player in Everett and later as a pro in the American Hockey League.
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 the family dog, Lexi.
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