He’s one of us!
Height: 6′ 3″
Born: 23 APR 1977 (AGE 35)
Birthplace: PORT MCNEILL, BC, CANADA
Acquired by Vancouver: Signed as a FA July 1, 2006
Drafted: NJ Devils 1996 8th Round (199th Overall)
It can’t exactly be a happy time for Vancouver Canucks fans in some ways right now. For the second year in a row, the team was knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champion.
This time it is the LA Kings who have taken over the spotlight.
It is never fun to see a conference rival beat you out to the ultimate prize.
But is there a silver lining to this picture?
Well, it might just be in the fact that ex-Canuck Willie Mitchell (Read our NW Athlete Profile) was part of that group raising the cup on Monday evening.
He played four dedicated years for Vancouver from 2006-10 and was one of the most well respected players to ever be a part of the organization. However, he left under a literal and figurative cloud, as a long-term significant concussion influenced team management to not re-sign him with suspicions that he might not recover sufficiently.
Well, in hindsight that parting of the ways worked well, at least for Mitchell anyway.
Here are MY five reasons why Canucks fans can still celebrate Mitchell’s legacy.
- Willie is still a BC boy, born and bred. The pride of Port McNeill, from the north of Vancouver Island is as dedicated to his hometown as any provincial hero could ever be.
- The big defenceman is a kind hearted philanthropist, who still takes part in fundraisers on the island, and who spent much of his time in Vancouver helping out with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
- Willie was as dedicated to his nation as his club team and played a major part with the Canadian gold medallists at the 2004 World Championships.
- Little Willie was a dedicated Vancouver Canucks fan as a child, and attended several games as a youngster with his Dad.
- It is still the closest Canucks connection to the Cup as we have for now!
Here’s a great video of Willie experiencing the cup run.
And another great video of Willie getting his hands on the Stanley Cup. A true Canucks fan and BC Hockey fan will enjoy every moment of this! (6:20 mark)