Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tommy Williams
Tom Williams had his first major taste of success at the age of 19, when he and his American teammates stunned the hockey world by taking the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. During the 1959-60 season, as a member of the U.S. National team, Williams had 21 goals and 17 assists.

After spending a year-and-a-half with the Kingston Frontenacs of the EPHL, Williams joined the Boston Bruins for 26 games during the 1961-62 season, collecting six goals and six assists. His solid play paved the way to a regular roster spot the following year in Beantown, when he had 23 goals and 20 assists in 69 games.

Williams played a total of eight seasons in Boston before moving on to the Minnesota North Stars in 1969-70. His first year in Minnesota resulted in his most productive single-season points total of 67, on 15 goals and 52 assists. He played the better part of another season with the Stars before being sent to the California Golden Seals, considered the worst team in the NHL at the time. Sensing his career was at a stand-still in northern California, Williams opted to jump to the rival WHA for two seasons in an attempt to kick-start his sagging career. He played for two seasons with the New England Whalers, scoring 31 goals and 58 assists in 139 games.

The 1974-75 season saw Williams return to the NHL with the fledgling Washington Capitals. In 73 games he had 22 goals and 36 assists for 58 points. Williams played another 36 games the following season for the struggling Caps, but at the age of 36, knew the end was near. He retired at the conclusion of the 1975-76 NHL season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1958-59 United States Nat-Tm 50 21 12 33 22 5 1 1 2 0
1958-59 United States WEC-A 8 7 2 9
1959-60 Fort William Hurricanes NOHA
1959-60 United States Olympics 7 4 6 10 2
1959-60 Fort William Hurricanes M-Cup 2 4 1 5 0
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 51 16 26 42 18 5 0 2 2 0
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 26 6 6 12 2
1961-62 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 36 10 18 28 35
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 69 23 20 43 11
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 37 8 15 23 8
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 65 13 21 34 28
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 70 16 22 38 31
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 29 8 13 21 2
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 68 18 32 50 14 +24 4 1 0 1 2
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 26 4 7 11 19 +6
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 15 52 67 18 -19 6 1 5 6 0
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 41 10 13 23 16 -5
1970-71 California Seals NHL 18 7 10 17 8 -12
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 32 3 9 12 2 -17
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 31 8 15 23 8 9 2 6 8 6
1972-73 New England Whalers WHA 69 10 21 31 14 15 6 11 17 2
1973-74 New England Whalers WHA 70 21 37 58 6 4 0 3 3 10
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 73 22 36 58 12 -48
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 34 8 13 21 6 -33
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 20 4 16 20 4 3 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 663 161 269 430 177 10 2 5 7 2


Missed majority of 1968-69 due to knee injury vs. Chicago, December 13, 1968. Traded to Minnesota by Boston with Barry Gibbs for Minnesota's 1st round choice (Don Tannahill) in 1969 Amateur Draft and future considerations (Fred O'Donnell, May 7, 1971), May 7, 1969. Traded to California by Minnesota with Dick Redmond for Ted Hampson and Wayne Muloin, February 23, 1971. Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Boston by California for cash, March 5, 1972. Traded to Washington by Boston for cash, July 22, 1974.