Greetings from Chicago, where the Kings will face the
To get a sense of how long and grueling the road to the
“That’s a good thing. It’s not a bad thing,” defenseman
Going to the rink when everyone else is starting vacation and it's warm and humid outside, as it is in Chicago today, doesn't bother Mitchell.
"It's an awesome thing. It's a privilege, no doubt about it," he said. "You're one of four teams to get to play for the ultimate. And a good group on each team has had that chance and knows what it feels like. It's probably a big reason why both these teams are here.
"I didn't get it until you win. You look at Detroit and how they're winning their Cups and you're thinking, 'How do these guys do it?' They play that deep and get re-motivated again. Once you get that feeling you want it again and everything that goes along with it, that whole summer and just the day, the moment with your teammates and for yourself and your family. It's the ultimate. That's probably a big reason these teams are here. They know it. They've felt it. They want to do it."
"I love June hockey. June hockey's the best and it's warm out," Williams said. "I love playing in this nice weather and you know you're almost the only show in town. It makes it special."