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|Born||February 3, 1954|
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for|| Toronto Maple Leafs |
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft|| 31st overall, 1974 |
Toronto Maple Leafs
|WHA Draft|| 33rd overall, 1974 |
David James "Tiger" Williams (born February 3, 1954) is a former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from the 1974–75 NHL season to the 1987–88 NHL season. He is the NHL's career leader in penalty minutes.
Williams was drafted in the second round (31st overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL in the 1974 NHL amateur draft. He was also drafted by the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in the third round (33rd overall) in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, but he chose instead to play in the NHL.
Williams was best known for his role as an enforcer, but he was also able to score goals. He played on five different NHL teams during his career. He was drafted by the Maple Leafs and played there from his NHL debut on 7 January against the New York Islanders in 1975 until he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on 18 February, 1980 for Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago. While in Toronto, he broke many Maple Leaf and NHL penalty minute records and led the league in penalty minutes twice with 338 in 1976–77 and 298 in 1978–79. While it seemed that he lived in the "sin bin", he was able to score his fair share of goals. During his best season in Toronto, he scored 22 goals in 55 games before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks part way through that season. He scored 8 more goals in 23 games that season with Vancouver for, at that time, a career best 30 goals.
The next season, 1980–81, in Vancouver, Williams scored a career high of 35 goals and 62 points while amassing a league leading 343 penalty minutes in 77 games. The 343 penalty minutes would be the third highest of his career. Those 35 goals were the most by any Canuck that year. That season, Williams earned a place in the mid-season All-Star game, having scored 27 goals by the All-Star break, and played on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy. He would play an integral role in the team's surprise run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1982. Williams played in Vancouver until the end of the 1983–84 season.
After Vancouver, Williams played for the Detroit Red Wings for part of the 1984–85 NHL season before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings that same year. During his tenure in Los Angeles, he would set his career high of 358 penalty minutes for one season. He would play in Los Angeles until he was traded to the Hartford Whalers during the 1987–88 NHL season. That would also be his last NHL season as Hartford placed him on waivers and he was released on February 12, 1988. He officially retired in 1988.
Williams was nicknamed "Tiger" as a 5-year-old by his minor hockey coach in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He also appeared as himself in the first episode of the Canadian sitcom Rent-a-Goalie . Bryan Trottier credits Williams with talking him out of giving up hockey as a youngster, which eventually led to a Hall of Fame career with the New York Islanders.
Co-written by James Lawton, Williams published his autobiography, Tiger: A Hockey Story in 1984. In 1987, Williams released a 101-page cookbook called Done Like Dinner: Tiger In the Kitchen. It was co-written with Kasey Wilson. It included many hockey-inspired recipes, including Habs Tourtière, Stanley Cup Bars, and Luc Robitaille's Lasagna Omelette.
Williams re-emerged briefly as a roller hockey player, appearing in one game, scoring two points, for the RHI's Vancouver Voodoo in 1993.
In 1996, Canadian punk rock band The Hanson Brothers spearheaded a campaign to agitate for Williams' induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They included a mail-in postcard with their album Sudden Death so that purchasers could make their feelings known to the NHL.[ citation needed ]
As a guest on the Tony Gallagher phone in radio program Williams claimed that then Canucks manager Pat Quinn attempted to have his Canucks #22 sweater retired by the team. However, due to arcane rules required at the time they had to receive permission from the previous player who wore it, Bob Manno. Manno refused so the team offered him money, according to Williams. Manno still refused.[ citation needed ] The #22 sweater was eventually worn (and later retired in honour of) from 2000 to 2018 by Canucks alternate captain and Art Ross trophy winner, Daniel Sedin.
At the 2002 NHL All Star Game in Los Angeles, the NHL held the NHL All-Star Celebrity Challenge. The home team all wore #22 in honor of Williams.
On February 9, 2018, Williams was charged with sexual assault while on a military trip to Latvia.These charges were withdrawn by Crown attorney Meaghan Cunningham after he issued an apology.
Figures in Italics are records broken in that category
|1971–72||Swift Current Broncos||WCHL||68||12||22||34||278||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||Swift Current Broncos||WCHL||68||44||58||102||266||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Swift Current Broncos||WCHL||66||52||56||108||310||12||14||10||24||23|
|1974–75||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||39||16||11||27||202||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||42||10||19||29||187||7||1||3||4||25|
|1975–76||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||21||19||40||299||10||0||0||0||75|
|1976–77||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||77||18||25||43||338||9||3||6||9||29|
|1977–78||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||19||31||50||351||12||1||2||3||63|
|1978–79||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||77||19||20||39||298||6||0||0||0||48|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||22||18||40||197||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||8||5||2||7||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||55||3||8||11||158||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||12||4||3||7||43||3||0||0||0||4|
|1985–86||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||20||29||49||320||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||16||18||34||358||5||3||2||5||30|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||2||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
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