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Will more current NHL players speak up about head trauma?

Perhaps it was just a matter of time before an active player entered the discussion about the NHL’s ongoing concussion case. But that didn’t make it any less impactful when Willie Mitchell pointed his finger at the league for “not doing enough” when it comes to head trauma.The NHL’s ordeal is something that SportsNet’s  Elliotte Friedman wrote "will get worse before...
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April 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell blasts the NHL over player safety, concussions

The hottest topic in the NHL right now is concussions. They occur in almost every single sport, but the contact nature of hockey and football makes the discussion all the more prevalent. Any time it gets brought up in a league atmosphere, it almost always gets hushed and thrown under the rug. Imagine to everyone’s surprise when one of the longest tenured players in the game, Willie...
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April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell to miss third straight game

SUNRISE, Fla -- Willie Mitchell will miss his third straight game Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers host the Anaheim Ducks. Mitchell, who is currently listed as day-to-day, hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury during Florida's 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Feb. 3. "He's getting closer, but not quite yet," Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant said after...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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,...
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November 18, 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...
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October 07, 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...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings offseason by position: Defensemen

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Despite the fact that Willie Mitchell was wearing a T-shirt that read "Surf Canada" during exit interviews this week, the veteran defenseman was very much willing to talk about his desire to remain with the Los Angeles Kings next season.  Mitchell is one of three L.A. blue liners that will become an unrestricted free agent in the impending weeks. He's 37 with...
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June 18, 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...
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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...
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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...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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