Pictured on the far left is Justin Williams during the 2018-2019 season. He created his name as “Mr. Game 7” during this year. Photo Courtesy of Rachel Fearn
After scoring the essential goal in 2019 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Justin Williams was known as “Mr. Game 7” by the NHL and Canes supporters. Being an important player for the Carolina Hurricanes, fans expected him to return for the 2019-20 season.
In September, Williams announced that he would be “stepping down” for the upcoming NHL season. The captain wasn’t announcing retirement, but his career plans were not clear. In an interview with News and Observer, he claimed “This is the first time in my life that I’ve felt unsure of my aspirations with regards to hockey,” and no longer held the mental and physical commitment needed for the sport.
The Canes released an announcement on January 7 which came with a shock to all Canes’ fans. Justin Wiliams would be returning to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year, $700,000 agreement.
Justin Williams will be an important player for the Canes on and off the ice. As captain last year, he lead the team to win the East Conference Finals and helped bring down the Washington Capitals by forcing them into a seventh game.
Returning for his 19th season in the NHL, it’s not a surprise that the 38 year old felt as if he had to take a break. After spending the past seven years with the Hurricanes, fans believe he can give us at least one more.
As a Carolina Hurricanes fan myself, I’ve loved watching Justin Williams play and being able to see how he treats the team on and off the ice. Working as a “father figure,” everyone looked up to him.
Having Williams back for the end of this season will be a humongous help towards the teams success. The Canes have been struggling with keeping a solid win streak, and Justin Williams is bound to be a help this season.