Philadelphia's Justin Williams: Helping Philly Fly Higher by NHL | Oct. 1, 2003
This year the Philadelphia Flyers hope a healthy Justin Williams will help them return to championship form. Justin, who is entering his fourth year in the NHL, was forced to miss the last 36 games of the 2002-03 regular season after he partially tore his ACL in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 18. Ouch! The young star did manage to return to the Flyers' lineup for the Playoffs where he was one of Philly's most exciting forwards—tallying 6 points during their Playoff run—now he and his teammates hope that this year's run will end with a hoist of the Cup!
Williams entered the NHL with a bang when he scored a goal and added two assists in his first NHL game on October 5, 2000, and then went on to score a point in each of his first three games! Justin, who will turn 22 in October, had 25 points in his rookie campaign back in 2000-01, and went on to nearly double that total by tallying career highs in goals (17) and assists (23) in his sophomore season. His teammates awarded Williams with the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the Flyer who had most improved from the previous season, and he hopes to continue to develop his skills in this year's run for the Cup.
After a long off-season filled with workouts, practices and hours of bubble hockey, the Canadian right-winger has told Flyer fans that he is aching to get the season started especially after watching the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles play. In a recent online journal entry, Williams said that he wants to "…get back into the groove of things, and let people know that hockey is back." Coach Ken Hitchcock plans on making NHL fans notice. You should be able to see defensemen chasing Williams and his long hair around rinks this year as he and linemates Simon Gagne and Michal Handzus take the NHL by storm!
Ever wonder what preseason is like for an NHL player? Do you think you can guess Justin's bubble hockey record? Then be sure to check out Justin Williams' "Training Camp Journal" at www.PhiladelphiaFlyers.com! And make sure you return to www.NHL.com/kids to check out the next Young Star Story!
What did you do on your summer vacation? I visited the Bahamas for five days. Did my summer training in Los Angeles for five weeks. I visited my family and moved into my new house in New Jersey.
What's your favorite hockey movie? Youngblood
How much time do you spend playing on the internet in a typical week? Maybe an hour
At what age did you start playing hockey? Five years old
Ever been punk'd (had a trick played on you)? Ever punk someone? I have never been punk'd and I've never punk'd someone
What was the last concert you went to? Creed
Who was your favorite hockey player growing up? Wayne Gretzky
If you could play any role in the remake of any film, what role would it be? The main character in Rock Star
Who is your favorite super hero? Why? Superman, because he can fly
Do you have any brothers or sisters (names, ages)? I have a 23 year old sister named Nicole
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip
What about playing in the NHL has surprised you the most? How nice my teammates are
Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin [cookies]? Oatmeal raisin
Sports car or SUV? Sports car
Name: Justin Williams
Hometown: Cobourg, Ontario. Canada