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Willie Mitchell
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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)

PLAYOFFS: Two points (1-1=2) June 7 vs. NYR...Six hits May 30 vs. CHI...Assist May 24 vs. CHI...Assist April 24 vs. SJ.

REGULAR SEASON: Led the Kings in blocked shots (128)…Selected as Kings nominee for the 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy...Kings are 117-64-28 all-time when he’s in the lineup (43-25-8 this season)...Two assists March 29 vs. WPG...Played in 200th game as a King March 24 at PHI...Goal Jan. 20 at BOS (first goal since March 28, 2012 (50 games).

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 downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh