To say Williams was a team-first guy and a popular player in the lockerroom would be an understatement. Jarret Stoll called him “one of the most sefless and honest” teammates he’s every played with. And not to mention, he comes up big when it’s really needed.
Williams has competed in nine Game 7 playoff games in his NHL career and is currently tied for most goals in Game 7 playoff games at seven, and holds the record for most Game 7 points with 15. These performances have earned him the nickname “Mr. Game 7”, among other nicknames like “Stick” and “Willy”.
“Stick, congratulations on a Hall of Fame career! It was an honor to play with you and learn from you! Enjoy a well-deserved retirement,” Jonathan Quick said.
“Whether something needed to be said or a big play was needed… he was the guy,” Stoll said. “Willy always led by example and because of that he’s a 3 time Stanley Cup champion. Congratulations Stick and all the best to you and your family…see you at the reunion.”
“Stick is a player who always raised his game,” Matt Greene said. “When it mattered the most he always showed up. Having him in your locker room in those situations was a massive influence on our teams confidence and a driving force in our success.”
“Some people know how to shine when the bright lights are on, and Stick was one of those,” Willie Mitchell said.
“You could always count on him…the more challenging things got. I have a smirk laughing right now about him jamming out to ‘Eminem Lose Yourself’ pre-game and the words blaring: ‘Success is the only option’ or ‘You can do anything you set your mind too.’ You sure did, mate, and congrats on a remarkable career and I am proud to be connected forever.”
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“What I remember most about Will/Stick is his speech before game 6 at home vs New Jersey in 2012,” Colin Fraser said. “It was inspirational and from the heart. That’s how he played and it’s contagious to follow him. Great player, great leader and great person. I consider myself lucky to have played on the same team with him!”
“Congrats on a great career! Was a pleasure playing with you and learning from you,” Drew Doughty said. “With retirement I hope you can finally be better than me at golf.”
We imagine a majority of the next few months will be spent will a few well-earned rounds on the golf course.
Congratulations to Justin and his family at this special time!