Jack Skille Show Season 2, Episode 3: John Mitchell on moving on

On this week’s show John Mitchell discusses his NHL career, plus the difficulties of deciding when and how to move on.

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Show notes

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:00 – Starting in hockey and developing a passion.
  • 5:30 – Getting drafted.
  • 9:30 – Making the pros and expectations vs. reality.
  • 14:30 – Identity shift and role change: “Every player that makes the NHL was one of the top players on the team when they were growing up. The pro game is different.”
  • 25:00 – Dealing with the ebbs and flows of the game: “If you identify solely as a hockey player, you’re riding a roller coaster and it’s hard to be a normal person. The best pros can stay calm and take things as they come. They have a life outside the game.”
  • 29:00 – Transitioning out of the game: “No athlete is entirely happy when they retire from a sport they love and have played since a kid.”
  • 34:00 – Transitioning to European hockey.
  • 39:15 – Starting retirement.
  • 44:00 – Finding purpose.
  • 49:00 – Getting through it: “I want people to hear that you’re going to be ok. It’s a transition period. It’s going to suck. There are challenges, but those challenges are good.”
  • 52:00 – Where to start: “Start with service. Find a way to serve in something you are passionate about. Maybe you aren’t even paid, but you’ll find people that can point you in the right direction.”