VIEWPOINT Hurricanes have earned the right to wear Whalers gear
Justin Williams stood there at his locker after his team had been swept in four games from the NHL Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Bruins. The Carolina Hurricanes captain stood there and, fighting his emotions, he talked about the pain of sudden defeat, the awesomeness of a team and a community rallying together, the video proof he spoke with as much dignity as any captain in franchise history.
Williams is called Mr. Game 7 for a reason. His seven goals in decisive matches ties the most in NHL history, his 15 points is the most. He won two Stanley Cups with the LA Kings, one with the Hurricanes in 2006, and as a 37-year-free agent he stood there Thursday night with an uncertain future. Amid the disappointment and uncertainty, he still made it a point to say he tips his cap to the Bruins.