ITHACA, N.Y. — Senior defenseman Travis Mitchell has signed a two-year, two-way entry level contract with the New York Islanders, the organization announced Friday morning. Mitchell’s contract with the Islanders will begin with the 2023-24 campaign.
The senior co-captain is coming off a senior campaign in which he recorded 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 34 games for the Big Red. His six goals and 19 points were single-season highs, while his 13 helpers matched his output from the 2021-22 season.
During his tenure on East Hill, Mitchell had 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists) in 95 games with Cornell.
Earlier this year, Mitchell scored goals in three straight games from Dec. 2 – Dec. 29, becoming the fourth Big Red blueliner (fifth occurrence) since 1990-91 to score in at least three consecutive games, joining Doug Murray (twice – 2000-01 and 2001-02), Mark McRae (2000-01), and Nick D’Agostino (2010-11).
Mitchell blocked a Cornell-leading 59 shots this season, 21 more than the player in second place. The 6-foot-3 native of South Lyon, Mich., registered multiple blocked shots in 19 of his 34 appearances this season. In the Big Red’s five playoff games — ECAC Hockey Championship and NCAA Tournament — Mitchell logged 13 blocked shots.
The signing marks the fourth Big Red player to ink a professional contract in the last two days, as fellow senior defenseman Sam Malinski signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche, and senior forwards Ben Berard and Max Andreev signed amateur tryout agreements with the AHL’s Texas Stars and Coachella Valley Firebirds, respectively.
(Cornell Men’s Hockey Photo)