There were numerous career playing highlights before Mitchell would turn to coaching. He was the starting Goalie for the NLL Montreal Les Quebecois in 1974-75. In 1980, in Vancouver, and in a championship game televised on CBC, Mitchell and an Iroquois Nations team would win the silver medal at the World Box Lacrosse Championships, an event at which he was accorded all-star honours.

Mitchell would go on to play for the Akwesasne Warriors Senior B team in the Quebec league in the mid-Eighties, and in 1990 he ran the Old Sticks loop he played in, with the local squad capturing the national crown in B.C.

Mitchell’s coaching career flourished in the mid-Nineties, when the Akwesasne Thunder senior B club he had established in 1993 won two national titles, the President’s Cup (1995, 1997). Mitchell would be the first coach of the Thunder when the club, under owner Fabian Hart, went to the senior A level, and he’d come back for a second Thunder coaching stint in 2004.

Mitchell was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007.

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