Monday, February 4, 2019
Willie Mitchell was born in Port McNeill, BC, a small town on northern Vancouver Island and home to approximately 2,500 people.
Mitchell played a year in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) before moving to Saskatchewan to play hockey there. He was taken in the eighth round of the National Hockey League (NHL), 199 overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1996.
After two (2) years playing NCAA with Clarkson University, Mitchell bounced between the NHL and the American Hockey League (AHL) until the 2001-2002 season with the Minnesota Wild.
Over the course of his career, Willie played for six (6) NHL teams, the Devils, Wild, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, LA Kings and the Florida Panthers.
Mitchell won two (2) Stanley Cups during his time in LAs, bringing the cup back to his small island town.
Once Mitchell played for team Canada at the World Championship, winning gold in 2004.
Willie Mitchell was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018. Overall, he played 907 games in the NHL and scored 180 points.