Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
Willie Mitchell
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WillieMitchell
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 210
BIRTHDATE: 04/23/1977
AGE: 38
BIRTHPLACE: Port McNeill, BC, CAN
DRAFTED: NJD: 1996-199 overall
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.
2014-15:
Completed his 14th NHL season, first with Florida...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.

2013-14: 
Completed his 13th NHL season, third with Los Angeles...Won Second Stanley Cup Title...Led the Kings in blocked shots (128)...
Selected as Kings nominee for the 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy...Kings were 117-64-28 all-time when he’s in the lineup (43-25-8 
in 2013-14)...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). 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.  

2012-13:
 Did not play due to a lower body injury

2011-12:
Completed his 12th NHL season, second with Los Angeles...Selected as Kings Outstanding Defenseman...Kings were 39-22-15 when he was in lineup...Ranked fifth in NHL in SH TOI/gm (3:35)...Established career high in points (tied career high in goals)...Led Kings in plus-minus (+20) and blocked shots (139)...Accumulated positive plus-minus for ninth straight season (+117 in that span)...Career high three assists (tied career high in points) April 5, 2012 vs. SJ...Played 700th career game Feb. 27, 2012 at NSH...PLAYOFFS: Tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in plus-minus (+7). 

2010-11:
Completed his 11th NHL season, First with Los Angeles...Kings Best Newcomer (Mark Bavis Memorial Award) and Kings nominee for Masterton Memorial Trophy...Set career high in goals...Kings were 35-17-5 when he was in lineup...Scored goals in back-to-back games (March 24, 2011 vs. SJ and March 26, 2011 vs. COL) for first time in career...Played in his 600th NHL game Dec. 13, 2010 at DET...Second career SHG Oct. 28, 2010 at DAL...PLAYOFFS: Second on club in blocked 
shots (15) and TOI/gm (24:17). 

2009-10: 
Completed his 10th NHL season, fourth with Vancouver... Set career high in goals...Third on Vancouver with 22:36 TOI/game (eighth straight season averaging 20-plus minutes)...Led NHL with 4:04 short-handed TOI/game...Fourth on Vancouver with 79 blocked shots...Appeared in Vancouver’s first 48 games and missed final 34 games (plus all of playoffs) due to an upper-body injury...Played in 155 consecutive games before injury (Feb. 14, 2008 to Jan. 16, 2010)...Accumulated positive plus-minus 
for seventh straight season (plus-93 in that span)...Earned 100th NHL assist Jan. 5, 2010 vs. Columbus...Served as an alternate captain for second straight year.
 
2008-09:
 Completed his ninth NHL season...third with Vancouver...Selected as Vancouver’s Best Defenseman for second consecutive year...Career highs in points, assists, games played and with a plus-29...First time in career he’s played all 82 regular season games...First on Vancouver in plus-minus (tied for ninth in NHL overall, fourth among defensemen)...Second on Vancouver with 22:54 TOI/game, led club (sixth in NHL) with 4:15 short-handed TOI/game...Second on club with 125 blocked shots...Earned 100th NHL point Jan. 18, 2009 vs. Columbus...Played in 500th NHL game Jan. 10, 2009 vs. San Jose...Career high three points and two goals (2-1-3) 
Jan. 9, 2009 vs. St. Louis...Career high 32:16 TOI Jan. 2, 2009 at Atlanta (fifth time with 30-plus minutes in game)...Named an alternate captain to begin season...PLAYOFFS: Two assists and 22 penalty minutes in 10 games, helping the Canucks advance to Western Conference Semifinals. 

2007-08:
Completed his eighth NHL season, second with Vancouver...Selected as Vancouver’s Best Defenseman...Fourth on Vancouver with career high 23:11 TOI/game, led club (tied for seventh in NHL) with 4:24 short-handed TOI/game...Led club with 109 
blocked shots...30:19 TOI March 15, 2008 at Dallas and 30:46 TOI March 21, 2008 vs. Minnesota...Played in 400th NHL game Nov. 9, 2007 vs. Colorado...Tied career high with plus-4 Oct. 12, 2007 at Edmonton (fourth time was plus-4 in game). 

2006-07: 
Completed his seventh NHL season, first with Vancouver...Third on Vancouver with 22:12 TOI/game, led club (third in NHL) with 4:47 short-handed TOI/game...
Led club with 121 blocked shots...30:12 TOI Feb. 25, 2007 at Dallas...PLAYOFFS: One assist and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games, helping the Canucks advance to Western Conference Semifinals. 

2005-06:
Completed his sixth NHL season, first with Dallas
...Served as Minnesota’s team captain in December 2005...Traded to Dallas March 9, 2006...Career high 113 penalty minutes (combined with both clubs)...Led 
Minnesota in plus-minus, second with 20:52 TOI/game, led club with 4:36 short-handed TOI/game, third with 101 blocked shots...Third on Dallas with 20:45 TOI/game, second with 4:12 short-handed TOI/game...Played in 300th NHL game Feb. 10, 2006 at Edmonton...Tied career high with plus-4 Oct. 19, 2005 vs. San Jose...PLAYOFFS: Zero points and two penalty minutes in five games with Dallas. 

2003-04:
Completed his fifth NHL season, fourth with Minnesota...Second on Minnesota with 22:35 TOI/game, led club with 2:48 short-handed TOI/game...Tied club lead with plus-12...Tied career high with plus-4 Jan. 21, 2004 vs. Chicago...Played in 200th NHL game Jan. 2, 2004 vs. Edmonton...31:26 TOI Dec. 17, 2003 at Colorado. 

2002-03: 
Completed his fourth NHL season, third with Minnesota...Fourth on Minnesota with 21:28 TOI/game, second with 2:57 short-handed TOI/game...Third on club with plus-13...PLAYOFFS: Four points (1-3-4) and 14 penalty minutes in 18 games, helping the Wild advance to Western Conference Finals...Tied for first on Minnesota with plus-5. 


2001-02:
Completed third NHL season, second with Minnesota...Third on Minnesota with 21:25 TOI/game, fourth with 3:01 short-handed TOI/game...Third among Minnesota defensemen in points and assists...Played in 100th NHL game April 8, 2002 vs. San Jose. 

2000-01:
Completed second NHL season, first with Minnesota...Traded to Minnesota from New Jersey March 4, 2001...Points and assists (0-5-5) in career 
high four straight games (April 2 to April 8, 2001)...Career high plus-4 Oct. 6, 2000 vs. Montreal. 

1999-00: 
Completed first NHL season, first with New Jersey...Spent majority of season with Albany (AHL), recording 19 points (5-14-19) and 71 points in 63 games...Made NHL debut March 25, 2000 at Toronto. 

INTERNATIONAL:
Won Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Championship.

ETC: 
Eighth captain in franchise history...2014 Stanley Cup Champion (w/LAK), 2012 Stanley Cup Champion (w/LAK)... Played with Florida 
teammate Jussi Jokinen in DAL (2005-06)...Played with Florida teammate Roberto Luongo in VAN (2006-10).