Captain Garrett Mitchell Returns to Hershey

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Posted July 10, 2017

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Hershey Bears forward Garrett Mitchell signed a one-year AHL contract Monday, which means their captain will return for his seventh season with the Bears.

“We’re extremely happy to have our captain back for another season,” said Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer. “Garrett Mitchell is a great leader both on and off the ice, and plays a large role in the Hershey community. As we chase a 12th Calder Cup, we believe Garrett is the perfect person to lead our team and set a great example for younger players. He does all the little things right, and is a true professional.”

Mitchell, 25, also got to play in his first NHL game last season – the final one of the year for the Caps. Mitchell even got to participate in the Jerseys Off the Back ceremony, where he got to give his jersey to his very own family (see photos below).

“My family and I are thrilled to be coming back to Hershey,” said Mitchell. “After coming in as a wide-eyed kid, I’ve been here now going on seven seasons. Not a lot of guys in this league can say that. Hershey is a community that we love, and we’re proud to put down some roots here. We’ve come close to a championship in my time here, but I come back with the goal to be playing until mid-June and winning a Calder Cup. Last year, I think we showed the ability to make a run, and that was a big part of my decision to come back.”

Garrett Mitchell and his daughter after his NHL debut. (Caps Outsider)

Captain Garett Mitchell in his seasonal best. via ScottP_Hockey

Garrett Mitchell says, “You can’t see me” via ScottP_Hockey .

Mitchell being Mitchell, via ScottP_Hockey