David James Williams was born on the 3rd of February, 1954 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a former professional hockey who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974-75 to 1987-88.

Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)

NHL Career

Dave "Tiger" 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 roll 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 the 7th of January against the New York Islanders in 1975 until he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on the 18th of February, 1980 for Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago. While in Toronto, he broke many Maple Leaf and NHL penalty minute records and lead 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. Amazingly, those 35 goals were the most by any Canuck that year. 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 the 12th of February, 1988. He officially retired in 1988.

Williams was nicknamed "Tiger" as a 5-year-old by his minor hockey coach in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

National Hockey League records:

Most NHL career regular season penalty minutes: 3,966
Most NHL penalty minutes, career, including playoffs: 4,421
Toronto Maple Leaf records:

Most playoff penalty minutes: 240
Most playoff penalty minutes in one season by a left wing: 75 in 1976
Vancouver Canuck 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 Highs

Most goals: 35 in 1980-81
Most assists: 31 in 1977-78
Most points: 62 in 1980-81
Most penalty minutes one season: 358 in 1986-87
Most NHL regular season career penalty minutes: 3,966
Most NHL playoff season career penalty minutes: 455
Most NHL penalty minutes, career, including playoffs: 4,421