Tom Webster (ice hockey)

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Tom Webster
Tom Webster 1969.JPG
Webster in 1969
Born (1948-10-04) October 4, 1948 (age 70)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
California Golden Seals
New England Whalers (WHA)
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 19th overall, 1966
Boston Bruins
Playing career 19681980

Thomas Ronald "Hawkeye" Webster (born October 4, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former coach. He was born to Clara Lukowicz (née Webster). He is one of 8 siblings.

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Playing career

Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the 1966 NHL Entry Draft, Webster played in a total of 102 National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. Webster scored 30 goals for the Red Wings in the 1970-71 season, but only managed 3 goals in 12 games of the 1971-72 season. [1] He also played 352 games for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association.

Boston Bruins National Hockey League team based in Boston, United States

The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team has been in existence since 1924, and is the league's third-oldest team overall and the oldest in the United States. It is also an Original Six franchise, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins have won six Stanley Cup championships, tied for fourth most of all-time with the Blackhawks and tied second-most of any American NHL team also with the Blackhawks.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

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Detroit Red Wings Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit Cougars until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Detroit Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player Webster has been the coach for a number of teams at various levels of hockey.

His first head coaching job came in 1986, when he became coach of the New York Rangers following the firing of Ted Sator. After only five games, Webster fell ill with what was later diagnosed as an inner-ear infection that left him unable to fly. He returned as head coach on January 5 for home games only; general manager Phil Esposito split coaching duties with assistants Ed Giacomin and Wayne Cashman for road games. He was cleared to fly again in January, but suffered a relapse during a game against the Edmonton Oilers, and was told to stay off planes for at least three months. Esposito named himself head coach for the remainder of the season. When it became apparent that Webster would not be able to return to the bench full-time the following season, he resigned on April 30, 1987. [2] [3] [4]

New York Rangers National Hockey League franchise in New York City

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the others being the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

Ted Sator American ice hockey player

Ted Sator is an American professional ice hockey coach. He has twelve seasons of National Hockey League (NHL) coaching experience, serving as an assistant coach for various teams and head coach of the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. He has also spent time coaching in the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL along with coaching in Europe including stints as the Slovenian and Hungarian national ice hockey teams. He is a current assistant men's ice hockey coach at Lindenwood University.

Phil Esposito Canadian ice hockey player

Philip Anthony Esposito is a Canadian broadcaster, and former professional ice hockey executive, coach and player. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, he played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time, and is the older brother of fellow Hall-of-Famer Tony Esposito, a goaltender.

Webster's next head coaching stint was with the Los Angeles Kings. He led the Kings to what is (as of the 2016-17 season) the only regular season division title in franchise history, in 1990-91.

Los Angeles Kings Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded on June 5, 1967, after Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an NHL expansion franchise for Los Angeles on February 9, 1966, becoming one of the six teams that began play as part of the 1967 NHL expansion. The Kings played their home games at The Forum in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, for thirty-two years, until they moved to the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles at the start of the 1999–2000 season.

While coaching the Kings in a game against Detroit on November 16, 1991, Webster became upset at what he felt was a blown call by referee Kerry Fraser. The Kings were assessed an extra penalty, and Webster took a stick and threw it on the ice, hitting one of Fraser's skates. Webster was suspended for 12 games. [5]

Kerry Fraser Canadian ice hockey official

Kerry Fraser is a hockey analyst, broadcaster and former senior referee in the National Hockey League. During his career, he called 1,904 regular season games, 12 Stanley Cup Finals, and over 261 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Webster currently[ when? ] serves as an amateur scout for the Calgary Flames.


In 2012, he was inducted into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame. [6]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1965–66 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 431627431662350
1966–67 Niagara Falls FlyersOHA-Jr.471926452613148224
1967–68 Niagara Falls FlyersOHA-Jr.545064114551913132620
1967–68 Niagara Falls Flyers MC 107111810
1968–69 Boston Bruins NHL 9022910000
1968–69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 4429427131121081819
1969–70 Boston BruinsNHL20112
1969–70 Oklahoma City BlazersCHL4929356449
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL7830376740
1971–72 Detroit Red WingsNHL51124
1971–72 California Golden Seals NHL72136
1972–73 New England Whalers WHA 77535010389151214266
1973–74 New England WhalersWHA644327702835057
1974–75 New England WhalersWHA664024645230220
1975–76 New England WhalersWHA553350832417109196
1976–77 New England WhalersWHA703649854351120
1977–78 New England WhalersWHA20155205
1979–80 Detroit Red WingsNHL10000
1979–80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 124592
NHL totals1023342756110000
WHA totals3522202054252414328265419


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1974 Canada SS42024

Coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
NYR 1986-87 18594(76)4th in Patrick(interim; returned to assistant coaching role)
LA 1989-90 8034397754th in SmytheLost in Second Round
LA 1990-91 804624101021st in SmytheLost in Second Round
LA 1991-92 80353114842nd in SmytheLost in First Round

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  2. Moran, Malcolm (1987-04-28). "Webster Leaves Ranger Job". The New York Times.
  3. Wolff, Craig (1987-01-29). "Esposito Names Himself Coach". The New York Times.
  4. Yannis, Alex (1987-01-26). "Pro Hockey; Esposito Will Fill in Again for Webster". The New York Times.
  5. Steve Springer (November 28, 1991). "NHL Suspends Kings' Webster
    Hockey: Stick-throwing incident will cost him 12 games, the longest penalty ever given a coach by the league"
    . Times Staff Writer. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  6. WHA Hall of Fame Members
Preceded by
Ted Sator
Head coach of the New York Rangers
Succeeded by
Phil Esposito
Preceded by
Robbie Ftorek
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
Succeeded by
Barry Melrose