For Sharks center Torrey Mitchell, life is pretty good right now. Not as good as it could be if he was preparing for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but not bad.
“It’s been good,” said Mitchell about his summer in Burlington, Vermont.
Mitchell’s offseason plans primarily consist of working out every day in preparation for next year and adding yet another college class to his resume. Mitchell turned professional following his junior year and still has a degree within sight.
“I’m looking into an online course and would only have nine classes to go,” said Mitchell, whose has a bit of pressure to get the degree because his parents both work in education. “My brother has his degree.”
Alongside searching for classes, Mitchell maintains a consistent workout routine.
“It’s been fun,” said Mitchell. “We have five or six guys I used to play with who are now pros and we get a good workout in the mornings. I’m hoping to get stronger and faster. I’ll try to be in the best shape of my life for the second season.”
After the workouts, the easy part of Mitchell’s day begins.
“We hang out the rest of the day,” said Mitchell. “Burlington is a nice college town. There isn’t a lot of traffic and there are a lot of young people. Church Street, the main strip, is a brick road with a lot of restaurants.”
For fun, Mitchell has already been to Montana and his hometown of Montreal.
“We went to Montana to see my girlfriend’s parent and I was in Montreal,” said Mitchell. “I hadn’t seen the parents in a while.”
Being in Burlington, he will get to see them a lot more often.
“It’s about an hour-and-a-half to Montreal, so I’ll see them a bunch in the summer,” said Mitchell. “My brother is still in Montreal.”
Mitchell has fond memories of his rookie season, especially his teammates.
“The guys were great,” said Mitchell. “They took me in right away and it was a lot of fun.”
There were some hard times as well though for the 23-year-old who was used to a much shorter college season. The lengthy NHL season wore him out earlier than he anticipated.
“I hit the wall between games 50 and 60 and I don’t want that to happen again,” said Mitchell. “You definitely have to find a routine and stick with it. You find out what works.”
Mitchell’s top highlight from his first season wasn’t his first game or first goal, but a more recent moment.
“It was probably when I scored in a playoff game,” said Mitchell. “It was so loud and it was a different atmosphere. It was pretty exciting.”
Mitchell has been watching the Stanley Cup Finals and saw how every moment matters as the Red Wings lost a game that had them 35 seconds away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
“I saw how close Detroit was to winning the Cup at home,” said Mitchell.
During the Finals and maybe after their completion, Mitchell will watch for word about the Sharks new head coach.
“I’m just doing my thing here to do my part for next season,” said Mitchell. “Doug (Wilson) has to make that decision and it’s not up to the players. When the coach gets hired, I’m sure I’ll see it on the web, TV or something.”
No matter who is hired, the new head coach will get a much more seasoned Mitchell when training camp rolls around.