Adam Mitchell left his mark on all levels of hockey in metro area
At left, Adam Mitchell poses with former Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman during a Stanley Cup celebration. At right he stands between members of high school rivals at a 2018 prep showcase.
Adam Mitchell was all about family, helping kids and hockey.
He spent 39 years as a teacher and counselor for Livonia Public Schools, and he coached the game he loved for more than 40 years. He also worked for more than three decades at Red Wings games in the press box and charting stats for Detroit coaches.
Mr. Mitchell died early Monday after working as part of the stats crew for the Red Wings’ 5-4 shootout win over Tampa Bay Sunday. He was 74.
“He was a loving companion, caring and generous,” said Rosemary (Mininni), his wife of 51 years. “And he loved his family.”
Son David (Kim) Mitchell, who is the Livonia Stevenson hockey coach, was in the press box before Tuesday’s Wings game visiting the people with whom Mitchell had worked over the years.
“He was bigger than life,” David said.
Mr. Mitchell coached at Livonia Churchill High School in the 1970s, U-M Dearborn in the ’70s and ’80s and the Little Caesars organization. He also assisted his son with coaching Livonia Stevenson up until his death.
Mr. Mitchell began working in the press box for the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena early in the 1984-85 season. When then-coach Nick Polano found out he was a hockey coach, Polano gave him the responsibility of charting statistics for the coaching staff. Mr. Mitchell served the same function for Scotty Bowman and Mike Babcock. He became particularly close with Bowman, with whom he kept in touch on a regular basis.
Mr. Mitchell returned to his press box stats duties when Jeff Blashill took over for Babcock for the 2014-15 season.
“Very knowledgeable hockey man. He knew and loved the game,” said Red Wings statistician/historian Greg Innis. “He got along with everybody. (He was) somebody I depended on … (He) did a great job game after game for us.”
Mr. Mitchell graduated from Dearborn Fordson High School and Wayne State University.
Besides his wife and son David, he is survived by children Kimberly (Robert) and Paul and grandchildren Anthony (18), Emily (16) and Justin (15).
A memorial gathering will be held at Harry J Will Funeral Home in Livonia from 1-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020, with a scripture and memory sharing service at 7 p.m. A memorial mass will be said at St. Edith Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020; the body will lie in state for a half hour before.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Livonia Public School Foundation in Mr. Mitchell's name. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Mitchell family at the online guestbook by clicking here.