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Panthers' Willie Mitchell closes the book on time with Kings

The last time Willie Mitchell took the ice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the veteran defenseman could be seen circling the rink with the Stanley Cup hoisted high above his head, the silver trophy shining nearly as bright as his bearded grin. Of the 18 forwards and defensemen that helped lift the Kings to a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the New York Rangers that night,...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers need to 'reset the dial' after back-to-back losses

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers captain Willie Mitchell knows what it takes to win in the NHL. A student of three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens during his rookie season with the New Jersey Devils, and having hoisted two Cups of his own with the Los Angeles Kings, the veteran defenseman could easily pen a lengthy novel on how to succeed in hockey's top league. Yet, after...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mitchell already a leader for Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The ''C'' stands for captain. In Willie Mitchell's case, it may as well stand for Cup. There are 319 people who have appeared in at least one game for the Florida Panthers, and Mitchell isn't among them. But when the season starts at Tampa Bay on Thursday, Mitchell - a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings, getting to hoist the trophy again this...
Via AP on Fox
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers News: Willie Mitchell Named Captain

Willie Mitchell, became the eighth captain in Florida Panthers history on Monday, according to the teams official site. #450586624 / Mitchell was signed by the Panthers over the offseason to a two-year $9M contract, according to CapGeek. The two time Cup champion is being counted on to bring a winning attitude.In his career Mitchell has played 795 games and...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers name D Willie Mitchell captain

The Florida Panthers have named veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell as their new captain for the upcoming season, the team announced Monday. Mitchell, 37, signed a two-year deal with the Panthers this offseason after three successful seasons in Los Angeles that included a pair of Stanley Cups. In donning the ''C,'' Mitchell becomes the eighth captain in team history, succeeding defenseman...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Kings have “no room” for Willie Mitchell

The Los Angeles Kings won’t be bringing back Willie Mitchell. The defenseman will head to free agency after the Kings reportedly said they have “no room” for him. Can confirm that Kings won't be re-signing Willie Mitchell: "Unfortunately, no room." Was a huge part of that team. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 26, 2014 Mitchell still has plenty to offer in the NHL...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings, Lord Stanley visit Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell tells the story of his first experience with the Stanley Cup. Mitchell took the Cup with him on a fishing trip. He noticed a man nearby looking intensely at the Cup. "I just wanted to make his day and I pulled over and said 'Hey, do you want a picture with this thing?' " Mitchell recalled.   The reaction was one Mitchell will never...
Via Fox Sports West
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings' Willie Mitchell: Injuries put life in perspective

LOS ANGELES -- Before the Los Angeles Kings' first game of the 2013-14 NHL season, the last time Willie Mitchell had been on any ice at all he was hoisting the Stanley Cup. And then... Nothing. One of the toughest defensemen in the game, he suffered from concussions and now says he lost nearly a year of his life being plagued by the residual effects. When the concussions didn't take...
Via Fox Sports West
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell relishes postseason opportunity

CHICAGO -- Darryl Sutter took a page from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau's book this week when he inserted defenseman Willie Mitchell into Game 1 of the Western Conference finals as a surprise game-time decision. The Kings' veteran D-man hadn't played since April 28 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Sharks. Mitchell was day-to-day with a lower-body injury...
Via Fox Sports West
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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