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David James "Tiger" Williams (born February 3, 1954) is a former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974–75 to 1987–88. He is the NHL's career leader in penalty minutes.

NHL careerEdit

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. Despite being drafted by a WHA team, he never played in the WHA. He chose instead to play in the NHL.

Tiger 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, Tiger 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, Tiger 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 L.A., 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.


Co-written by Mike Lawton, Tiger 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 2 points, for the RHI's Vancouver Voodoo in 1993.

In 1996, Canadian punk rock band The Hanson Brothers spearheaded a campaign to agitate for Tiger's 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.


  • National Hockey League records:
    • Most NHL career regular season penalty minutes: 3,966
    • Most NHL penalty minutes, career, including playoffs: 4,421
  • Toronto Maple Leafs records:
    • Most playoff penalty minutes: 240
    • Most penalty minutes in one season by a left wing: 351 in 1978
  • Vancouver Canucks records:
    • Most playoff penalty minutes: 181
    • Most penalty minutes in one playoff year: 116 in 1982
    • Most penalty minutes in one playoff series: 51 vs. Chicago in 1982

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72Swift Current BroncosWCHL68122234278
1972–73Swift Current BroncosWCHL684458102266
1973–74Swift Current BroncosWCHL665256108310
1974–75Oklahoma City BlazersCHL39161127202
1974–75Toronto Maple LeafsNHL42101929187713425
1975–76Toronto Maple LeafsNHL782119402991000075
1976–77Toronto Maple LeafsNHL77182543338936929
1977–78Toronto Maple LeafsNHL781931503511212363
1978–79Toronto Maple LeafsNHL77192039298600048
1979–80Toronto Maple LeafsNHL55221840197
1979–80Vancouver CanucksNHL23851381300020
1980–81Vancouver CanucksNHL77352762343300020
1981–82Vancouver CanucksNHL77172138341173710116
1982–83Vancouver CanucksNHL6881321265403312
1983–84Vancouver CanucksNHL67151631294410113
1984–85Adirondack Red WingsAHL85274
1984–85Detroit Red WingsNHL553811158
1984–85Los Angeles KingsNHL124374330004
1985–86Los Angeles KingsNHL72202949320
1986–87Los Angeles KingsNHL76161834358532530
1987–88Los Angeles KingsNHL20006
1987–88Hartford WhalersNHL2660687
1993Vancouver VoodooRHI11122
NHL totals 962 241 272 513 3966 83 12 23 35 455

See alsoEdit


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