Former NHL player Dave “Tiger” Williams was charged with sexual assault and assault by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service on Feb. 7.
According to the NIS, the charges are related to reported incidents during a Canadian Armed Forces flight to Latvia in Dec. 2017 during a “sanctioned morale visit” to armed forces personnel overseas. Williams, 64, faces one count of sexual assault and one count of assault against a passenger on that flight.
The Canadian NIS has jurisdiction over incidents that occur on Canadian military bases and during deployment.
“Every allegation of sexual assault is taken seriously by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. In all cases, no matter who the accused is, we strive to restore the dignity of victims by fully investigating their complaints, gathering evidence, reconstructing events, and if warranted, laying appropriate charges,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, in a statement.
The charges against Williams will now be brought forward by the Crown Attorney in Ottawa at a later date.
Williams was a popular player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings during his 962-game NHL career from 1974-1988. He also played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers. One of the NHL’s best-known enforcers, Williams is the all-time leader in penalty minutes in the NHL with 3,966 in his career.
Williams has been active on the NHL Alumni Benefit Tour through the years, including a Special Olympics fundraiser held in Milton, Ontario in January.