Carolina Hurricanes Forward Justin Williams Announcing his retirement on Thursday, he closed his 19-season career, best known as a playoff hero who won three Stanley Cups.
“Since I first joined the league the day after my 19th birthday in 2000, the game has brought me so much that I can’t repay it,” Williams said. Said in a statement.. “When I move on to the next stage of my life, countless experiences, relationships, lessons, and difficulties remain with me forever. I never take the privilege of playing games to make a living. I never thought, and that’s why I was able to play professionally. “
Williams, 39, played 20 games against hurricanes last season after returning to the team as a free agent in January. He had one goal in seven postseason games. Winger scored 797 points, including 320 goals, in 1,264 career NHL regular season games.
As a playoff performer, Williams earned the nickname “Mr. Game 7” by scoring seven goals and eight assists in nine career games 7. His 15 points in Game 7 are the most in NHL history, and his team won these contests 8 to 1.
Williams is one of nine players who have scored 100 goals in NHL history and won the Stanley Cup in two different franchises. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004 in the first of two stints with the team after being ranked 28th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2000 NHL Entry. He was a key member of the 2006 Stanley Cup Championship team.
In 2009, Carolina traded Williams to the Los Angeles Kings, where he played for seven years and won two more Stanley Cups. In 2014, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as a playoff MVP. Williams spent the last three seasons in a hurricane after spending two years at Washington Capitals.
Williams thanked former Carolina owners Peter Karmanos and GM Ron Francis “I agreed to return to what I call home and end my hurricane career,” said current hurricane owner Tom Dundon and coach. Rod Brind’Amour “Their leadership and confidence in me as a player to bring me back to the last run last year.”
Veteran forwards helped celebrate one of the most popular traditions in the history of hurricane franchises, the “storm surge.” In this celebration, players celebrated with their fans by doing everything from human bowling to “duck, duck, goose” on the ice after the victory. But after 20 years of NHL action, it’s time to skate.
“My family has made so many sacrifices to be where I am, so I would like to thank my mother and dad for being there for me at every stage. My sister Nikki has been there since day one. Was my biggest fan of. My wife Kelly and my kids Jackson and Jade accepted this trip with me. Someone you love to share it with. Life will be much better if you are there, “he said. “Thank you everyone for retiring from professional hockey.”