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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Today In NHL History - Tiger Williams Rides Stick

On December 10th in 1980, Vancouver Canucks forward Tiger Williams famously rode his hockey stick the length of the Maple Leaf Gardens ice in celebration of a goal scored against Jim Rutherford in his first visit to Toronto since he was traded by the team ten months earlier.
Drafted by Toronto 31st overall in 1974, Tiger spent his first six NHL seasons leading the Leafs in penalty minutes, ultimately skating alongside future Hockey Hall of Famers Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald.

Surprised by the trade, the fan favorite immediately settled into Vancouver leading the team in penalty minutes during the regular season (343) and playoffs (116), whilst setting career highs in goals (35) and making his first and only NHL All-Star appearance. The goal celebration remains one of the iconic moments of Tiger's career and Canuck history.

Vancouver beat Toronto that night by a score of 8-5.

That's today in NHL history.