Last week, our staff shared their favorite memories of recently retired former Hurricane Justin Williams. We asked, you, our loyal readers to share yours for this collection.
A big thank you to everyone who sent in memories either by email or in the comments and now, without further ado, here are our favorite reader-submitted memories:
Andy Elliott - I used to work at the Wake Forest Ice House and I’ve bumped into Rod Brind’Amour, Tim Gleason and Shane Willis before but one day I saw Justin at the rink while I was on the clock. I didn’t have much time to speak with him, but he and I had a great conversation about local hockey and I count myself blessed to have had a moment to speak with him.
The only other time I’ve interacted with him was while in line at a local Chick Fil A while he and his son were waiting to order. He asked me if I was going to be watching games once the league returned to play in the bubble and of course I said yes and wished him luck.
Flyingonmybroomstick - I liked last season when, in the crazy game with Florida that went to overtime and Petr Mrazek made two really good saves in overtime. The players said after the second one Williams yelled that now it was the Canes’ game to win. And then the Canes scored right after. I really feel like that is how a captain should be.
Eddie Rich - Mine has nothing to do with his on-ice feats because there are so many. Personally, I dragged my wife to a Skate with the Canes event back in November 2017. We ate at the Backyard Bistro [and then went to that night’s game]. We woke up the next morning; this was right after that “cyclone bomb” blizzard thing had occurred; so it was a nice 16 degrees when we got ready to go stand in line outside of PNC arena.
Anyways, save the majority of the story there but when it came time for the locker room picture section, our rotation was Williams, Darling, Dahlback and TVR. I’m wearing a Williams jersey but he doesn’t want to sit next to me, he wants to sit next to my wife. So, I’m sitting next to Darling and Dahlback. The picture was taken and my wife was laughing. “What are you laughing at?” “The guy on the end was playing footsies with me the entire time.” So she never called him Justin, or Williams, or anything else when she would see him on TV. It was “Did Footsies just score??” To quote Gord Downie in a paraphrase, “She said she didn’t give a F about hockey and I never heard that kind of talk before.” Well, she could point Justin Williams out in a crowd after that.
The Tick - I have to admit, I wasn’t crazy about the JW signing in 2017. 37 yrs old, $4.5 million per year. Bring back the never ending reunion tour. Seemed like a lot for an old winger… I couldn’t have been more wrong. His toughness is what led me to admire him: the puck off of the face (thank God it was Pesce) and then he came back to score another one in the third, fighting bigger players when the team needed it (knowing he wasn’t a good fighter), being honest and accountable. All JW traits. Thanks Captain.
Ecupirate07 - My favorite memory is the empty netter to win it all. It was on my end of the ice, right in front of me.
Newsinz - Double overtime in game 7 against Washington, when he had the pressure to force the turnover, and then the laser accuracy pass to McGinn [who scored the series-winning goal.]