Mitch Love – Assistant Coach / Assist. to the GM
Mitch Love, 33, is now in his seventh year behind the Everett bench and ninth overall in the organization 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 four seasons. Off-ice he serves as the conduit between the organization and billeting families, and will add to his duties as organization coordinator between the Silvertips players and its education program, and work with projects designed to strengthen the Silvertips outreach and growth within Snohomish County, the Pacific Northwest, and its alumni.
Love’s defensemen have helped the Silvertips lead the WHL in fewest goals allowed per game in back to back seasons, while ranking fifth or lower in the last four consecutive seasons. Every defenseman who suited up for the Silvertips last season combined for a +49 rating, while four defensemen were +15 or higher. He has served behind the bench for Hockey Canada for a pair of seasons (2015-17) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he helped capture a gold medal in his national coaching debut, in 2015-16.
Experienced and successful at the national level, Love has served on Hockey Canada’s coaching staff at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for two straight seasons, and helped his club earn the gold medal in his national coaching debut in 2015-16. At the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Love helped guide a group among 66 of Hockey Canada’s elite under-17 players, selected from teams across the entire Canadian Hockey League circuit. He recently served Hockey Canada again at the program’s U-18 Selection Camp in Calgary, working with 44 players competing for a roster spot in the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Under Love’s direction, Noah Juulsen reached career highs in goals (12), plus-minus (15), WHL Western Conference First Team All-Star honors, and a roster spot with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. Kevin Davis was the Western Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player honoree, tied for eighth in scoring among WHL defensemen, and ranked third on the Silvertips with a career-high 59 points (9g-50a) in 72 games.
Since Love was originally hired by the Silvertips as assistant coach to begin the 2011-12 season, a total of 17 defensemen have suited up for the Silvertips and advanced to play professionally including the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, and Europe, or advanced to play for U Sports programs across Canadian university ranks.
The Quesnel, British Columbia native was a member of the Silvertips inaugural squad in 2003-04 which won the U.S. Division and Western Conference championships. He served as the second captain in club history the following season and was signed by the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on Oct. 11, 2005.
Love suited up in 325 career games over the course of six seasons, all but one in the AHL. He earned 30 points and 934 penalty minutes while scoring a goal in 16 postseason games, also skating in 320 career WHL games with the Silvertips, Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos, earning 99 points and 901 penalty minutes.
Love currently resides in Mill Creek, Washington.
|YEAR||TEAM||LEAGUE||GAMES||GOALS||ASSISTS||POINTS||PENALITY||PLUS / MINUS|
|1999-00||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL||2||0||0||0||0||-2|
|2000-01||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL||51||5||4||9||97||-4|
|2001||Moose Jaw Warriors – Playoffs||WHL||4||0||0||0||2||—|
|2001-02||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL||16||0||1||1||40||0|
|2001-02||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||52||5||11||16||132||+1|
|2002||Swift Current Broncos – Playoffs||WHL||12||0||0||0||37||—|
|2002-03||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||70||2||15||17||327||+14|
|2003||Swift Current Broncos – Playoffs||WHL||4||1||0||1||16||—|
|2004||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||21||2||6||8||47||—|
|2005||Everett Silvertips – Playoffs||WHL||4||0||2||2||6||—|
|2005-06||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||27||0||4||4||68||-2|
|2006-07||Albany River Rats||AHL||69||1||5||6||184||-9|
|2007-08||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||59||2||5||7||213||-14|
|2009||Houston Aeros – Playoffs||AHL||16||1||0||1||32||—|