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Willie Mitchell  #33

Florida Panthers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: April 23, 1977  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Port Mcneill, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: NJD / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 8th   (199th overall)
Twitter: @Willie_Mitch33 2014-15: Recorded points in back-to-back games (0-2 2) Jan. 4 - 8...Scored one goal Dec. 28 vs. TOR...Led team with four blocked shots and 21:39 TOI Nov. 11 vs. SJS...Notched an assist and a plus-three rating Nov. 8 vs. CGY...Recorded first goal as a Panther Nov. 1 vs. PHI...Led the team with 26:01 TOI and nine blocked shots Oct. 25 at ARI...Played in his 800th career game Oct. 18 at WSH...Led all Panthers players in blocked shots (three) Oct. 11 vs NJD...Led team with 25:35 TOI in Panthers debut on Oct. 9 at TBL...Named captain of the Panthers on Oct. 6.
SJHL First All-Star Team (1997) SJHL Top Defenseman Award (1997) ECAC Second All-Star Team (1998) ECAC Rookie of the Year (1998) (co-winner - Erik Cole) ECAC First All-Star Team (1999) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1999) Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey for Sean O'Donnell, March 4, 2001. Traded to Dallas by Minnesota with Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Nico Saccheti) in 2007 Entry Draft for Martin Skoula and Shawn Belle, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 25, 2010. Missed 2012-13 due to recurring knee injury and resulting surgery, January 18, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2014.
Quote of the Day

I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday