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Mitch Fadden

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Mitch Fadden
Born (1988-04-03)April 3, 1988
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Died December 3, 2017(2017-12-03) (aged 29)
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
NHL Draft 107th overall, 2007
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2009–2012

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Mitchell Fadden (April 3, 1988 – December 3, 2017) was a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward. He was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Fadden played his junior career for 5 years with three different teams, the Seattle Thunderbirds, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and the Tri-City Americans before being signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played in the minors for the majority of his professional career. He last played for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

Playing career[edit]


Fadden began his junior career in the VIJHL with the Victoria Cougars in the 2003–04 season. Before playing in the WHL, he played 47 games for the Cougars, notching 67 points, 36 goals and 31 assists. He also played two games for the Seattle Thunderbirds that year, going scoreless. Fadden played his first full season with the Thunderbirds in the 2004–05 season. In 64 games, he tallied 21 points, 9 goals and 12 assists. In 12 playoff games, he only had two goals. He also participated in the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge that year, competing with Canada West. In six games he achieved eight points.

The next season he played 38 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds, earning 20 points, before being traded to the Lethbridge Hurricanes halfway through the season. He went almost a point per-game with the Hurricanes, with 11 goals and 17 assists in 30 games and his points increase throughout the season. With both teams, he scored combined 20 goals with 28 assists and in six playoff games with the Hurricanes he scored two times and tallied five assists.

The 2005–06 season was Fadden's first full season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and he added 36 goals, 48 assists for a total of 84 points. Lethbridge missed the playoffs that year, placing last in the league. The next year, in the 2006–07 season, Fadden placed sixth in the entire league for points with 84. He was named CHL Player of the Week during the season, registering 12 points in four games. In the playoffs, he achieved 20 points in 19 playoff games. In the 2007–08 season, he was sixth in points in the league. After the season, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fourth round, 104th overall.[1] The next season was his final in the WHL, he totaling 76 points between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Tri-City Americans.


Fadden was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning on 13 May 2009, to an entry-level contract.[2] Fadden began his professional career with the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL) in the 2009–10 season. He earned 19 points for the Admirals in 53 games and was sent down to the ECHL to play for the Florida Everblades the following season.

In the 2010–11 season, Fadden would played 37 games for the Florida Everblades before being placed on unconditional waivers by the Lightning. In January of the same season, Fadden was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg.[3] His tenure with the Lightning came to an end and his contract was terminated on March 16, 2011. because he was under suspicion of a DUI arrest. [4]

The next season would be Fadden's last season in professional hockey, returning to the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies. In 35 games, he scored 11 goals and 29 assist.


After his professional hockey career was over, Mitch Fadden worked in oil field construction.[5]


Fadden died in his sleep on December 3, 2017.[6]


  1. "Hockey's Future - Mitch Fadden". Hockey's Future. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  2. "Lightning Sign C Mitch Fadden". NHL. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. "Prospect Mitch Fadden on unconditional waivers after incident in British Columbia". RawCharge. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. "NHL team severs ties with Salmon Arm player". Salmon Arm Observer. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. "His talent was stunning; his death left them stunned. Teammates remember Mitch Fadden". Tri-City Herald. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. "Former Lethbridge Hurricanes star Mitch Fadden passes away at age 29". Global News. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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