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Ian Mitchell Officially Signs with the Chicago Blackhawks

July 16th, 2020 @ 11:54 am

From NHL.com (Chicago Blackhawks)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have finalized terms with Ian Mitchell on a three-year contract that runs through the 2022-23 season ($925,000 salary cap hit). The club also agreed to terms with forward Pius Suter (PEE-uhs SOO-tuhr) on a one-year contract that runs through the 2020-21 season ($925,000 salary cap hit) and a two-year contract with Wyatt Kalynuk (KAL-nihk) that runs through the 2021-22 season ($925,000 salary cap hit).

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.

The entire Spruce Grove Saints organization would like to congratulate Ian Mitchell and his family on signing with Chicago An incredible achievement and well deserved.

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