It did not take long post retirement for Justin Williams to find a new role with the Hurricanes’ organization.
The team announced Monday that the long-time forward, who retired following the 2019-20 season, has been hired as a special advisor to general manager Don Waddell.
Williams played 449 games over two stints with the Hurricanes, scoring 128 goals and 316 points. He served as the team’s captain during the 2018-19 season, and was instrumental in Carolina snapping its playoff drought.
The official release from the team follows:
‘CANES HIRE JUSTIN WILLIAMS AS ADVISOR
Three-time Stanley Cup champion posted 797 points in 1,264 career NHL games
RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired Justin Williams as Special Advisor to the General Manager.
“Justin has been a major part of the culture change that we’ve undergone here,” said Waddell. “We’re thrilled to add someone with his experience to our front office.”
Williams, 39, retired from playing professionally on Oct. 8, 2020. He recorded 797 points (320g, 477a) in 1,264 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Flyers, Kings and Capitals. Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning titles with Carolina in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014, awarded to the most valuable player during the playoffs. The 6’1”, 184-pound forward tallied 316 points (128g, 188a) in 449 career games with the Hurricanes, ranking sixth in team history (since relocation) in goals and assists and eighth in points. He is one of nine players in NHL history to score 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with two different franchises.
Williams was named the 16th captain in franchise history on Sept. 13, 2018. He played in 162 career NHL playoff games, registering 102 points (41g, 61a). The Cobourg, Ont., native recorded 15 points (7g, 8a) in nine career Game 7s, which is the most career Game 7 points by any player in NHL history. Williams’ teams posted an 8-1 record in Game 7s.
Williams and Waddell will speak to the media via Zoom at 3:30 p.m., stay tuned to Canes Country for full coverage.