Mike Farrell was born October 20, 1978 in Edina, Minnesota. The 8th round choice, 220th overall selection of the Washington Capitals in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Farrell graduated from Culver Military Academy where he served as team captain in his senior year and was MVP in both 1996 and 1997.
After graduating from Culver Military Academy, Farrell joined the Providence College Friars where he spent three seasons anchoring the team's defense and ending his collegiate career with 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) and 154 penalty minutes in 96 games.
Following his junior year at Providence, Farrell signed with the Washington Capitals and joined their AHL affiliate in Portland for the remainder of the 1999-2000 season and the entire 2000-01 season. In only his first full season of professional hockey the Edina, Minnesota native was a main stay on the Portland blue line, finishing the season with 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) and 61 penalty minutes in 79 games.
In 2001-02 Farrell would spend the better part of the season in Portland with the Pirates, however his strong play throughout the season impressed the Caps brass enough to warrant him eight games with the parent club during the season. Farrell spent most of the 2002-03 season with Portland, but again had a chance to play at the NHL level for a few games with Washington, before having his rights traded to the Nashville Predators in the summer of 2003.
Upon his arrival with the Preds', Farrell spent the better part of the 2003-04 season helping the club's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee capture the Calder Cup title.