Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/14/14

CHICAGO - MAY 07: Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks awaits a face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 7, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, Mitchell will be playing in his first Stanley Cup Final, which will open Wednesday with the Kings playing either the New York Rangers or the New Jersey Devils. If it’s the Devils, it will be a homecoming of sorts for Mitchell, because that team originally drafted him with its 12th choice (199th overall) in 1993. Nine years ago, in his second full NHL season with Minnesota, Mitchell advanced as far as the Western Conference finals, but the Wild was swept by the Ducks. So when Kings teammate Dustin Penner scored the series-clinching goal in overtime in Game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes, Mitchell said the feeling was “surreal.” “It’s been a long time coming,” he said Thursday in El Segundo. “I was fortunate to be out on the ice when Big Pens scored. Some guys were jumping. I was just sitting there. I was like, ‘Is this happening?’ So I feel fortunate to get this chance and get the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup for real.” more Remember...
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