Dave “Tiger” Williams was born on February 3 1954, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He played junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Canadian Hockey League (WCHL) and was well known for both his scoring abilities and on-ice toughness. He scored over 50 goals in his final year in junior but also had 300+ penalty minutes. He was drafted in the second round, #31 overall in the 1974 NHL amateur draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined the team part way through the 1974-75 and had an immediate impact bringing toughness to the team. The 1970s NHL was a tough league where the Leafs often went head to head with their arch rivals, the Broadstreet Bullies from Philadelphia.
Tiger Williams spent the decade of the 1970s in Toronto, manning the enforcer role while still scoring around 20 goals and 40 points per season. Tiger was a fan favourite not only for his fighting abilities but because after scoring a goal, he would ride his hockey stick down the length of the ice. In early 1980 him and Jerry Butler were traded by the Leafs to the Vancouver Canucks for Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive. He had his best year in 1980-81 with the Canucks scoring 35 goals and 27 assists for 62 points and adding 343 minutes in penalties. He spent some time in 1984 with the Detroit Red Wings organization before playing for four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. In 1987 he was traded by the Kings to the Hartford Whalers for cash and ended his career at the end of that season. At the end of his 14-year NHL career, Tiger is the league’s all-time leader in regular season penalty minutes with 3,966.