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Justin Williams Taking a Break From the NHL

After being a big part of the Carolina Hurricanes’ playoff run last year, Justin Williams has announced that he will be taking a break from playing hockey.

Williams told the Hurricanes that “This is the first time in my life that I’ve felt unsure of my aspirations with regards to hockey”

He said that “I’m not physically or mentally committed to playing hockey right now”

Williams, 37, has put up 786 career points (312 goals, 474 assists) during his 18 year NHL career.


  • Drafted in the 1st round (28th pick) by the Philadelphia Flyers of the 2000 NHL Draft. Played in 63 games, recording 25 points (12G, 13A)
  • He’d play four years for the Flyers after being drafted. He ended his career there with 115 points (43 goals, 72 assists)
  • Missed majority of the 2002-03 NHL season due to shoulder injuries
  • He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Danny Markov during the 2003-04 NHL season, playing only 32 games with the Hurricanes, due to him signing with Lulea (Sweden)
  • After struggling in his first year in Carolina, His second year with the team, Williams put the team on his back and finally figured himself out while putting up his career-best in goals, assists, and points (31 goals, 45 assists) 76 points.
  • Setting new career-high in goals during the 2006-07 season, scoring 33 goals in 82 games. While doing that, he helped the team win the Stanley Cup
  • Missing the majority of the 2007-08 season due to a knee injury he still played in 37 games (9 goals, 21 assists) 30 points.
  • On March 4th, 2009, Williams was traded from the Hurricanes to the LA Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan.
  • Helped lead the LA Kings to their first Stanley Cup in 2012
  • He played 427 games for the LA Kings accumulating 266 points (103 goals, 163 assists)
  • Signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals during the 2015 NHL season.
  • First-year with the Capitals he put up 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games
  • During the 2016-17 season, he scored 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists)
  • After spending the last two years with the Capitals, Williams decided it was time to return to Carolina for the 2017-18 NHL season.

Career Awards

Stanley Cup Championships:

  • Carolina Hurricanes (2006)
  • LA Kings (2012, 2014)

Conn Smythe Trophy

  • LA Kings (2013-14)

Hat Tricks

  • Carolina Hurricanes (1)
  • Washington Capitals (1)

Career Games

  • 1,244 (5th on the All-Time List)

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