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Bill Mitchell
Bill Mitchell
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 22, 1930
Birthplace: Port Dalhousie, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on February 22, 1964.
Bill Mitchell moved away from home at the age of 16 to play for the Stratford Kroehlers in 1946-47. He stayed with the team for two years and also played two games with the Kitchener Dutchmen before returning to Stratford for a third year. During his final year of junior eligibility in 1949-50, Mitchell played with the Toronto Marlboros.

At 20, he played semi-pro hockey with the Halifax St. Mary's and the Moncton Hawks in eastern Canada before returning to Ontario where he played two seasons with the Kitchener Dutchmen of the OHA senior league.

Beginning in 1952-53, Mitchell began a seven year association with the IHL's Toledo Mercurys. He left the team in the fall of 1962 to play for the Windsor Bulldogs of the OHA senior league and the team advanced to the Allan Cup. He also represented Canada at the 1962 World Championships.

Mitchell, a member of the NHL's One Game Wonder Club, played his lone game with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1963-64 season after signing a free-agent contract with the team on February 22, 1964. Although the game and his performance as a whole was rather uneventful, it was certainly the highlight of his career, getting to play with the likes of hockey legends Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Norm Ullman.

In 1966-67 he took a year off from playing to coach the University of Toledo in the NCAA. At the end of the school season he did dress for seven games with the Toledo Blades where he remained for three years. In 1969-70, Mitchell took on the unique dual role of player/coach while with the Blades. Mitchell continued to play hockey with an assortment of minor-league teams until retiring in 1973 at the age of 43.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89