When Willie Mitchell joined the Kings prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, the veteran defenseman was a little leery. He was excited to wear the black and silver, but the Port McNeill, British Columbia, native was not sure exactly how he would react to living in one of the most sprawling metropolitan areas in the world.

“I think the perception I had when I came to LA was, ‘Oh my gosh, there are so many people, it is going to be crazy. There are so many cars, and so much exhaust – it is going to be overwhelming.’”

Mitchell hasn’t been overwhelmed – not on the ice where he has evolved into an important piece of the Kings defensive machine, or off as he has settled quite nicely amongst the beach, the people and all those cars in his adopted hometown of Venice.