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Ex-Devil Mitchell chases Cup as King

More than a decade after leaving Jersey, L.A. defenseman battles old team for title

Updated: June 1, 2012, 8:18 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- A 23-year-old kid with only two NHL games under his belt, Willie Mitchell was one of the Devils' spare players when the team won a Stanley Cup championship in 2000.

Called up in March of that season, the young defenseman stuck around for the rest of the Devils' remarkable run -- filling in at practice when future Hall of Famer Scott Stevens needed a maintenance day, practicing with the other "black aces" the team kept around in case of injury. He didn't set foot on ...

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