Slapshot: Stanley Cup champ sells Fort Lauderdale home

Buyer is the family that owns the Chima Steakhouse chain
By Keith Larsen | April 25, 2019 04:30PM

Willie Mitchell and 616 Solar Island Drive (Credit: Getty Images and Realtor)

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Willie Mitchell and his wife sold their waterfront Fort Lauderdale home for $4.5 million to the family that owns the Chima Steakhouse restaurant.

Mitchell sold his 5,351-square-foot house at 616 Solar Island Drive for $832 per square foot, records show. The buyer is a company tied to the Silva family that owns the Chima Steakhouse chain, a high-end Brazilian steakhouse with a location in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The home was built in 2014 and has five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. It was designed by Randall Stofft Architects and features 12-foot high ceilings as well as a three-car garage and a pool.

The Mitchells paid $3.7 million for the property in 2014, about the same time Mitchell signed two-year, $8.5 million contract to play for the NHL’s Florida Panthers. He was a defenseman known for his aggressive style of play and his long tenure in the league. He was also the team’s captain during his two seasons with the Panthers.

Todd Kirkpatrick of Whitaker Real Estate represented the Mitchells in the deal. He said the couple sold the house to move back to Canada where they own a resort in the western part of the country.

Jose Gouvea of Fort Lauderdale Luxury Real Estate represented the buyer.

The Silva family owns the Chima Steakhouse, which opened its first location on East Las Olas Boulevard in 2004. It then opened new restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina; Tysons Corner, Virginia; and in Philadelphia.