|BIRTHPLACE:||London, ON, CAN|
|Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 18, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Pori (Finland), October 18, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Detroit for Kyle Calder, February 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 14, 2008. Traded to Columbus by Atlanta for Clay Wilson and San Jose's 6th round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Chicago Chicago selected David Pacan) in 2009 Entry Draft, January 14, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 4, 2009. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Connecticut (AHL), December 26, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, February 12, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 26, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss), May 29, 2012.|
|Highly-skilled forward can play either a top-line or energy role and can work down low or up high on the power play.
Nickname - “Willy”
9-plus year NHL veteran has played for Detroit (twice), Chicago, Columbus, Atlanta and Dallas.
Member of Detroit’s 2002 Stanley Cup championship squad, appearing in 9 postseason games that spring.
Finished 2010-11 season with Dallas Stars after signing Feb. 12. Opened campaign with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.
Best NHL season came in 2005-06 when he established career highs across the board in games played (80), goals (21), assists (37) and points (58).
Originally signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent Sept. 18, 2000.
Represented Team Canada in 2006 World Championships.
Played parts of 3 seasons in the American Hockey League with Cincinnati and Grand Rapids from 2000-03.
Played 4 seasons with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-2000.
Signed through 2011-12 season.