Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Justin Williams
After a strong season in 1999-00 with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, Justin Williams was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. That fall, he was a full-time member of the NHL squad.

Born in Cobourg, Ontario on October 4, 1981, Williams scored his first NHL goal in his very first NHL game. That season as a rookie, Williams finished with 25 points in spite of suffering a broken hand partway through the season. In 2001-02, Williams increased his point total, collecting 40, and won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the most improved Flyer.

Injuries limited the talented young forward to a mere 41 games during the 2002-03 season. After tallying 26 points in his first 47 games in 2003-04, Williams was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes, after the Flyers had lost two defensemen to injury and needed to fill in the holes on the blue line, thus acquiring Danny Markov from Carolina.

A season after the lockout saw Williams compete in his most productive season, recording a career high 76 points in 82 games. The young forward continued to produce in the post season in 2005-06 as his 18 points tied him for third best on a Carolina Hurricane team that won the Stanley Cup in 2005-06.

On the international stage, Williams represented Canada at the 2002 World Championships and helped his nation capture gold at the 2004 and 2007 Championships

On March 4, 2009, NHL's trade deadline, Williams was shipped from Carolina to Los Angeles as part of a three team trade that also included the Edmonton Oilers.

In 2011-12, Williams was a key part of the Los Angeles Kings club that stormed through the Western Conference playoffs and defeated the New Jersey Devils to capture the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Along with veteran leadership, Williams chipped in with 15 points in 20 playoff games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Colborne Colts ON-Jr.C 36 32 35 67 26
1997-98 Cobourg Cougars ON-Jr.A 17 0 3 3 5
1998-99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 47 4 8 12 28 7 1 2 3 0
1999-00 Plymouth Whalers OHL 68 37 46 83 46 23 14 16 30 10
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 12 13 25 22 +6
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 17 23 40 32 +11 5 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Canada WC-A 5 0 3 3 6 +4
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 8 16 24 22 +15 12 1 5 6 8
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 6 20 26 32 +10
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 5 13 18 32 +2
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 0 0 0 4 -1
2004-05 Lulea HF Sweden 49 14 18 32 61 4 0 1 1 29
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 31 45 76 60 +1 25 7 11 18 34
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 33 34 67 73 -11
2006-07 Canada WC-A 9 1 2 3 16 -2
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 37 9 21 30 43 +2
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 3 7 10 9 -9
2008-09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 1 3 4 8 +1
2009-10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 10 19 29 39 +3 3 0 1 1 2
2010-11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 22 35 57 59 +14 6 3 1 4 2
2011-12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 22 37 59 44 +10 20 4 11 15 12
2012-13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 11 22 33 22 +15 18 6 3 9 8
NHL Totals 755 190 308 498 497 89 21 32 53 70


Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007) Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder (November 15, 2002 vs. Carolina) and knee (January 18, 2003 vs. Tampa Bay) injuries. Traded to Carolina by Philadelphia for Danny Markov, January 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), September 21, 2004. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to knee injury at Florida, December 20, 2007. Traded to Los Angeles by Carolina for Patrick O'Sullivan and Calgary's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Carolina selected Brian Dumoulin) in 2009 Entry Draft, March 4. 2009.