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Willie Mitchell  #33

Florida Panthers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: April 23, 1977  (AGE 38)
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: Returned after missing 16 games due to injury/illness March 7 vs. NYI...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

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday