Mitch Love was announced as the third head coach in Stockton Heat history on Monday, July 12, 2021. Love joins the Heat following a three-year stint behind the bench of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, where he coached the club to a 95-44-12-4 record.
Beyond his time with Saskatoon, Love served as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2020 and 2021 World Junior Championships, won gold with Canada’s U18 team at the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup and coached Team WHL at the 2019 CHL Canada Russia Series.
Prior to taking over in Saskatoon, Love was an assistant coach with the Everett Silvertips for seven seasons. During his playing career, the Quesnel, BC native skated in five WHL seasons with Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Everett before going on to play six seasons between the AHL, ECHL and Central Hockey League. He was named Man of the Year by Albany (2006-07) and Lake Erie (2007-08) in back-to-back seasons in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations.