Thursday, July 29, 2010

John Mitchell, Mike Davies Sign AHL Contracts

Two seniors off of last seasons Wisconsin Frozen Four squad will continue their hockey careers at the next level. Michael Davies and John Mitchell have secured pro contracts for the upcoming season.

According to the St. Louis Jr. Blues website, Davies (pictured), has signed with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, the stepping stone league to the NHL. The Wolves are an affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Davies, a St. Louis native finished his four year career with the Badgers with 123 career points. His 52 points during his senior season placed him second on the Badgers in scoring and earned him third team All-WCHA honors.

Mitchell, a 6-5 forward from Neenah will also be playing in the AHL next season. Mitchell has signed with the Syracuse Crunch according to the teams official website. The Crunch are the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

A player who started off as a bit of a project, Mitchell got better and better every season with the Badgers. He finished his career with 61 points and came up big for the Badgers in big spots. In the regional final this past season, Mitchell's two goals against St. Cloud propelled the Badgers in to the Frozen Four. Mitchell also collected a goal in the Frozen Four semi-final vs RIT.

Mitchell and Davies join *Ryan McDonagh, *Brendan Smith, Blake Geoffrion, *Derek Stepan, and *Cody Goloubef as members off of last seasons Frozen Four team who have signing pro contracts this off-season.

*Denotes underclassmen

Davies Photo courtesy of Melody Hasse

By the way, here is the classic Johnny Mitchell mustache pic. Sorry John, it's just too good not to re-post. You've lost that lovin' feeling, now it's gone...gone...gone...woooooah.