The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Ian Mitchell on a three-year entry-level contract. Due to the current pause of the 2019-20 National Hockey League Season, the start date and AAV of the contract have yet to be determined.
Drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (57th overall) of the 2017 National Hockey League Draft, Mitchell recently completed his junior season at the University of Denver where he was named First-Team All-American and First-Team All-National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Mitchell captained the Pioneers during the 2019-20 campaign, finishing the regular season sharing sixth among NCAA defensemen with 32 points (10G, 22A). His 10 goals shared first among NCHC blueliners, while he also paced conference defensemen in shorthanded goals (2), game-winning goals (3) and shots on goal (100). He was named a finalist for NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year.
A native of Calahoo, Alberta, Mitchell helped Team Canada win the 2019 Spengler Cup, tallying one goal and two assists in four games during the tournament.
Spanning three seasons (2017-2020) with the Pioneers, Mitchell registered 89 points (18G, 71A) in 116 games. He was named Second-Team All-NCHC after the 2018-19 season where he led Denver defensemen with 27 points (6G, 21A) and 66 blocked shots. He also served as the alternate captain for the Pioneers that season. He appeared in all 41 games during his freshman season, posting the second-most points among NCAA freshman blueliners (30) and ranking second in the nation with 19 power-play assists. He was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team.
Mitchell, 21, has represented his country at several international events, including at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship where he was an alternate captain and notched three points (1G, 2A) in five games. He also skated for Canada at the 2015 Canada Winter games, the 2015 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.