Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Williams
Tommy Williams was selected in the 2nd round, 27th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1971 NHL entry draft following a productive junior career with the Hamilton Red Wings. As a 17-year-old rookie with the Wings in 1968-69, Williams had 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points in 54 games played. He followed that up with another 50-point season, on 23 goals and 27 assists in 1969-70. During his final year in Hamilton, Williams proved he had the knack for goal scoring when he banged home 43 goals to go along with his 26 assists for a 69-point season. Only Rick Kehoe had more points, with 80. Williams and Kehoe were two individual bright spots on an otherwise dismal team performance by the junior hockey club, which failed to make the post-season in each of Williams' three years with the team, despite having several other future NHLers, including the likes of Pat Hickey, Jim Schoenfeld, Jerry Butler, Bob Neely, Willie Wing, and goaltender Mike Veisor.

As a 20-year-old, Williams suited up for the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League. His 30 goals and 34 assists in 64 games garnered him rookie-of-the-year honors. Most of the next year was spent in Providence of the AHL, where he had 20 goals and 27 assists in 50 games.

Now in his 3rd year with the Rangers, and having played in just 27 games over that time period, it became apparent the New York organization was unable to find a place for him, so Williams was sent to the Los Angeles Kings, where the bulk of his NHL success occurred. The 1976-77 season was by far the best NHL season for Williams, who collected 35 goals and 39 assists for 74 points in 80 games.

Williams played two more seasons in Los Angeles, but his offensive production dropped off considerably and he retired following the 1978-79 season. He attempted to play one more year, suiting up for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL, but after eleven games, decided to hang up the blades.

Tommy Williams played in 399 NHL games, scoring 115 goals and 138 assists for 253 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 54 21 29 50 18 5 0 1 1 0
1969-70 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 54 23 27 50 17
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 59 43 26 69 8 7 1 2 3 0
1971-72 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -1
1971-72 Omaha Knights CHL 67 30 34 64 4
1972-73 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 1 1 0 +1
1972-73 Providence Reds AHL 50 20 27 47 9 3 1 2 3 0
1973-74 New York Rangers NHL 14 1 2 3 4 -2
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 11 17 28 6 +3 5 3 1 4 0
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 24 22 46 16 +14 3 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 19 20 39 14 0 9 2 2 4 2
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 35 39 74 14 +14 9 3 4 7 2
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 15 22 37 9 -14 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 7 6 3 9 13
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 10 15 25 8 -7 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 11 1 3 4 0
NHL Totals 397 115 138 253 73 29 8 7 15 4


CHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CHL) (1972)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Mike Murphy and Sheldon Kannegiesser for Gilles Marotte and Real Lemieux, November 30, 1973. Traded to St. Louis by Los Angeles to complete three-team transaction that sent Barry Gibbs to Los Angeles (June 9, 1979) and Terry Richardson to NY Islanders (June 9, 1979), August 16, 1979.
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