Back on the National Hockey League ice after missing all of last season with an injury, Clarkson University Hockey alum Willie Mitchell '99 hoisted the Stanley Cup once again as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
Mitchell, who became the fifth former Golden Knight to have his name etched upon the Stanley Cup when Los Angeles won its first NHL championship in 2012, earned the right to lift the Cup again this spring. Mitchell and his Kings teammates knocked off the New York Rangers in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13 in Los Angeles to win the hard-fought series 4-1.
A veteran of 14 NHL seasons as a stay-at-home defenseman, Mitchell skated in 76 games during the 2013-14 regular season, tallying 12 points and 11 assists. He played in 18 postseason games, recording one goal and three assists. The Port McNeill, B.C. native missed all of the 2012-13 campaign recovering from an injury.
In 2012 Mitchell joined former Clarkson classmates, Erik Cole (Carolina, 2006) and Kent Huskins '01 (Anaheim, 2007) with his name engraved upon the Stanley Cup. Former Golden Knight all-stars Colin Patterson '84 (Calgary, 1989) and Todd Marchant (Anaheim, 2007) also represent Clarkson on the Stanley Cup.
Mitchell skated in 68 games for the Golden Knights, recording 55 points from the blueline on 19 goals and 36 assists. He was named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year, along with Cole, in 1997-98 and earned First-Team ECAC All-Star honors and Second-Team Titan All-America accolades in 1998-99.
He was selected by New Jersey in the eighth round (199th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Mitchell began his NHL career with the Devils in the 1999-2000 campaign, and played 18 games in New Jersey before being traded to Minnesota on March 4, 2001. He played parts of five seasons for the Wild from 2001-2006 before a trade to Dallas on March 9, 2006. Mitchell was signed as a free agent by Vancouver on July 1, 2006 and joined the LA organization as an unrestricted free agent on August 25, 2010.
He has played in 795 NHL regular season games, accumulating 165 points on 30 goals and 135 assists, along with 744 penalty minutes. Through 89 postseason games, he has recorded 16 points (4-12) and 90 penalty minutes.