Williams hired by Hurricanes as special adviser to GM

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Justin Williams was hired by the Carolina Hurricanes as a special adviser to general manager Don Waddell on Friday.

The 39-year-old won the Stanley Cup three times as a player during a 19-season NHL career, including with the Hurricanes in 2006. He also won the Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014, the year he won the Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the most valuable player during the playoffs.

The former forward retired as a player Oct. 8, 2020, after playing his final three NHL seasons with Carolina; he was Hurricanes captain in 2018-19.

“Justin has been a major part of the culture change that we’ve undergone here,” Waddell said. “We’re thrilled to add someone with his experience to our front office.”

Williams scored 797 points (320 goals, 477 assists) in 1,264 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Hurricanes, Kings and Washington Capitals, and scored 102 points (41 goals, 61 assists) in 162 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He scored 316 points (128 goals, 188 assists) in 449 games with Carolina and ranks sixth in Hurricanes history in goals, seventh in assists and eighth in points.

Williams is one of nine NHL players to score 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with two teams. He scored 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in nine Game 7s, the most by any player in NHL history, and his teams were 8-1 in those games, earning him the nickname “Mr. Game 7.”

Tweet from @JustinWilliams: Looking forward to doing my part to bring a championship back to Raleigh https://t.co/h62EtlVSJq

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