Justin Williams embraces leadership role in return to Hurricanes


RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t bring back Justin Williams to be “Mr. Game 7.”

Not yet, anyway.

The 35-year-old with the reputation for scoring big post-season goals has returned to Raleigh, tasked with bringing veteran leadership and a voice of experience to a young Carolina team.

But there’s a fine line between filling that type of role for the Hurricanes, and commanding control of the dressing room. He brushed aside questions about whether he should wear the “C” for a team that has gone without a captain since February 2016.

“I think the worst thing you can do when you come into a new — even though it’s a team I’ve been on, it’s a new team for me — is trying to be someone you’re not,” Williams said Monday. “That’s a big mistake, trying to be ‘the guy.’ You just want to be yourself, and that’s what I’ve done throughout my career.”

Williams returned to Carolina earlier this month, opening free agency by agreeing to a two-year deal worth $9 million to bring his deft …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport

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