Thursday, September 24, 2015

Former Vernon Esso Dave “Tiger” Williams Inducted Into Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame:

Former Vernon Essos forward Dave "Tiger" Williams was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.  Williams played one season in Vernon (1970-71) with the Essos.  Williams was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 2 31st overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. Williams would play fourteen seasons in the NHL with five different teams (Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles & Hartford).  

Dave "Tiger" Williams Player Profile:

This was in the Star Pheonix newspaper:

Class of 2015 for Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame


JULY 18, 2015

Long before they brewed up Original 16, Victor Lynn was an Original Sixer.

Saskatoon's Lynn played for all of the Original Six teams during his 20-year National Hockey League career. Lynn, who died at age 85 back in 2010, was inducted posthumously into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday night in Humboldt.

Individuals also inducted included former Saskatoon Blades boss Jackie McLeod, along with fellow former NHL players Wendel Clark, Dave (Tiger) Williams, Guyle Fielder and coach Dave King, plus former Humboldt Broncos manager Gerry Rooney, longtime Broncos trainer Elgar Petersen and referee Kevin Muench.

Added to the hall in the team category were the 1934 Saskatoon Quakers, Simpson Flyers and 2003 RBC Cup champion Humboldt Broncos.

VICTOR LYNN (Saskatoon)

The Saskatoon native helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win three successive Stanley Cup titles from 1947-49.

He recorded 125 points in 237 games with the Leafs, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.

After his playing career was over, Lynn came back to Saskatchewan to become the head coach of the Prince Albert Mintos and Saskatoon Quakers.

DAVE KING (North Battleford)

King, who started his coaching career with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in 1972, went on to help the Hockey Huskies capture their one and only national championship in 1983.

King also served as head coach of Canada's national junior, winning gold in 1982 and bronze in 1983. He was also Team Canada's head coach during the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Winter Olympics where he won a silver medal.

King went on to coach in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes. He's now coaching the KHL's Lokomotiv.

He was named to Order of Hockey in Canada in 2013.

JACK McLEOD (Regina)

Joining the building category is Regina native McLeod, who played for the Notre Dame Hounds and Moose Jaw Canucks before joining the NHL's New York Rangers.

McLeod went on to become general manager and coach of Canada's national team, which won a bronze medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

McLeod spent a decade as the coach and GM of the Saskatoon Blades.

WENDEL CLARK (Kelvington)

The former Saskatoon Blades standout won gold with Team Canada at the 1985 world junior hockey championship.

Clark went on to star with the NHL's Maple Leafs, also playing with the Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Clark collected 234 points and served 1,690 penalty minutes in 793 career games. The former Leafs captain was selected to play in two NHL all-star games.


Williams, who played junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos, played for five NHL teams, including the Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Hartford Whalers.

He amassed a record 3,966 regular-season penalty minutes during his career and record 4,421 penalty minutes during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He holds various team records on the Leafs and Canucks for most penalty minutes.


Fielder's claim to fame is being the first pro hockey player, at any level, to surpass 2,000 total career points.

He did so in 1972, a milestone matched by Gordie Howe three years later and then also by Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.

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