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Justin Williams (NHL)
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Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Luleå HF (Sweden)
Carolina Hurricanes
Born October 4 1981 (1981-10-04) (age 35),
Cobourg, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2000
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 2000 – present

Justin Williams (born October 4, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing careerEdit

Justin Williams grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and played minor hockey in nearby Port Hope of the OMHA before gaining a reputation as a skilled playmaker with the Cobourg Cougars Jr.A. (OHA) in 1997-98.

Williams was drafted in the 6th round (125th overall) by the Plymouth Whalers in the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. Williams was signed as a 16-year old by the Whalers and split time between the OHL club and their affiliate Compuware Jr.A. club (NAHL) in the 1998-99 season.

He finished his Juniors hockey with two seasons played for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

In four seasons played with the Philadelphia Flyers, Williams struggled to live up to expectations as he tried to adapt to the varying systems of three separate coaches, Craig Ramsay (2000), Bill Barber (2000–02), and Ken Hitchcock (2002–06). Williams was also frequently injured, perhaps hampering his development. He broke his left hand in his rookie season(hit by David Tanabe, Carolina Hurricanes), and had various sprains and strains in his sophomore year. Williams suffered a left knee injury on January 18, 2003, when he was hit low by Tampa Bay's Brad Lukowich. The hit tore Williams's ACL and MCL, and on January 23, 2003, he had surgery to repair the ligaments. Originally projected to miss 4–8 months recovering from the injury, Williams made it back into Philadelphia's lineup in just three months.

Williams was traded to Carolina on January 20, 2004, in exchange for defenceman Danny Markov. During the NHL Lockout in 2004–05, he went overseas to play for Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League, where he posted 14 goals and 18 assists in 49 games.

Williams was signed to a one year deal with the Hurricanes for the 2005–06 season, when he set career highs in games played (82), goals(31), assists(45), points(76), and penalty minutes (60).

Williams injured popular Montreal Canadiens hockey star and team captain Saku Koivu without being penalized in Game 3 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, for which he was villainized in some Canadian newspapers and by many Canadiens fans. In spite of the severity the injury caused by Williams' high-stick (severely threatened Koivu's eyesight, Koivu was out for the remainder of the year), the NHL did not suspend Williams for his errant action, allowing him to continue participating in the playoffs despite the severity of his infraction.

Williams scored the final goal of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, an empty net goal at 18:59 of the third period as the Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3–1 and won the series 4–3.
Justin Williams

On July 1, 2006, Williams signed a 5-year deal with the Hurricanes, worth $3.5 million per season.

In 2006–07 Williams recorded career highs in goals (33), penalty minutes (73), power play goals (12), and game-winning goals (8). It was Williams' second consecutive season of 82 games played. Williams made his first appearance in an NHL All-Star game at the 2007 NHL All-Star game in Dallas, recording a goal and an assist. Williams also played for Team Canada in the World Championships, winning his second gold medal.

Williams was off to a good start for his 2007–08 season, with 30 points in 36 games (9 goals, 21 assists), when his luck ran out and his season came to a screeching halt. On December 20, 2007, during the first period of a game with the Florida Panthers, Williams suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee after a hit by Rostislav Olesz. Williams underwent successful surgery for the torn ligaments on December 26, 2007, and returned on April 1, 2008, only to leave the game with an unrelated back injury.

On September 17, 2008, Williams was sidelined for 4–6 months when he tore his right Achilles tendon in an off-ice, preseason workout. Williams underwent surgery for said injury on September 18, 2008.

Williams again surprised fans and analysts when he returned from his Achilles injury on December 4, 2008, more than a month earlier than his earliest projected return date. He was greeted by round of applause on his first shift by the Raleigh crowd, and played his first full NHL game in nearly 11 months.

Williams played 32 games before he was again injured, this time by a team mate's slap shot, which broke his left hand.

On March 5, 2009, Williams was traded by the Hurricanes to the Los Angeles Kings for Patrick O'Sullivan and Calgary's 2nd round draft pick. O'Sullivan was then dealt with Carolina's 2nd round draft pick to Edmonton for Erik Cole.[1]

On February 28th, 2011, Williams signed a 4 year / 14.6 million dollar extension with the Kings.

Personal lifeEdit

On August 12, 2006, Williams married his fiancée, Kelly. Justin and Kelly Williams celebrated the birth of their son, Jaxon, on July 3, 2008.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 9 4 2 6 23
1998–99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 47 4 8 12 28 7 1 2 3 0
1999–00 Plymouth Whalers OHL 68 37 46 83 46 23 14 16 30 10
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 12 13 25 22
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 17 23 40 32 5 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 8 16 24 22 12 1 5 6 8
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 6 20 26 32
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 5 13 18 32
2004–05 Luleå HF SEL 49 14 18 32 61 4 0 1 1 29
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 31 45 76 60 25 7 11 18 34
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 33 34 67 73
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 37 9 21 30 43
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 3 7 10 9
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 1 3 4 8
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 10 19 29 39 3 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 22 35 57 59 6 3 1 4 2
NHL totals 625 157 249 406 431 51 11 18 29 50

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2004 Prague Ice hockey
Gold 2007 Moscow Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WC 5 0 3 3 6
2004 Canada WC 9 0 0 0 4
2007 Canada WC 9 1 2 3 16
Senior int'l totals 23 1 5 6 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hurricanes re-acquire Cole. nhl.com (2009-03-04). Retrieved on 2009-03-04.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Maxime Ouellet
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Jeff Woywitka


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