Tiger Williams

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Tiger Williams
Date of birth 3rd February 1954
place of birth Weyburn , Saskatchewan , Canada
size 180 cm
Weight 86 kg
position Left wing
Shot hand Left
WHA Secret
Amateur Draft
1974 , 1st lap, 3rd position
Cincinnati Stingers
NHL Amateur Draft 1974 , 2nd round, 31st position
Toronto Maple Leafs
Career stations
1970-1971 Vernon Lakers
1971-1974 Swift Current Broncos
1974 Oklahoma City Blazers
1974-1980 Toronto Maple Leafs
1980-1984 Vancouver Canucks
1984-1985 Detroit Red Wings
1985-1987 Los Angeles Kings
1987-1988 Hartford Whalers

David James "Tiger" Williams (born February 3, 1954 in Weyburn , Saskatchewan ) is a former Canadian ice hockey striker who is probably the most famous enforcer of all time in the National Hockey League .


Tiger Williams began his career in 1971 in the Canadian Junior League WCHL with the Swift Current Broncos . Already at this time he made a name for himself as an enforcer and collected 854 penalty minutes in three years, but was also able to score 244 points. In the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft , he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round at position 31. A few months earlier, he was also in the WHA Amateur Draft Secret in 1974 by the Cincinnati Stingers in the first round in third position drafted , but he opted for the National Hockey League .

For the 1974/75 season he joined the organization of the Maple Leafs and also played half of the season in the NHL. Immediately he became known as a player who never avoided a fight and often let his fists fly. This quickly made him a crowd favorite in Toronto. But he also showed his qualities as a scorer and scored 29 points in his first 42 NHL games. This made his goal celebration famous, when he took his stick between his legs and "rode" it over the ice.

In February 1980 he was transferred to the Vancouver Canucks . There he played his best season in 1980/81 . Not because he led all the players in the NHL with 343 penalty minutes, but because he was the top scorer with 35 goals and fourth-best scorer in the Canucks with 62 points. As a reward, he was invited to the NHL Allstar Game in the spring of 1981. In the 1981/82 season , the Canucks surprised when they made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

In the summer of 1984 the Canucks transferred him to the Detroit Red Wings , where he did not stay long, because in the spring of 1985 he was sent to the Los Angeles Kings . There he achieved his personal record with 358 penalty minutes in 1986/87 .

At the beginning of the 1987/88 season he was sold to the Hartford Whalers , who later put him on the waiver list and finally released him on February 12, 1988 .

Williams then ended his career and still holds the NHL record as the player with the most penalty minutes. In 962 games he had to spend 3,966 minutes in the penalty box.

After retiring, he worked as a building contractor for several years, traded on the stock exchange and invested in the gas and oil industry. In 1993 he played a game for the Canadian roller hockey team Vancouver Voodoo . He was also involved in the Special Olympics , especially in the Canadian province of British Columbia , where he lives. In the game between the greatest talents of the top junior division in Canada CHL in 2002, Williams supervised one of the two teams as head coach. Williams, nicknamed "Tiger" at the age of five, still goes on the ice for show games and is still close friends with many former teammates, including Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald .

NHL statistics

Seasons Games Gates Assists Points Penalty minutes
Regular season 15th 962 241 272 513 3,966
Playoffs 12 83 12 23 35 455

Achievements and Awards


  • Most penalty minutes in NHL history: 3,966 penalty minutes

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